- Leisure activity vehicle
A leisure activity vehicle (abbreviated LAV) is a small
van, generally related to a supermini or subcompact car, with two or three seat rows, and a large, tall car bootand tailgate. An early example of the category was the Matra Ranchointroduced in 1977. They have become popular in Europein the 1990s as a cheaper and roomier alternative to small family cars.
Leisure activity vehicles are different from
mini MPVs in that the former are taller and have a longer and more horizontal bonnet and a more vertical windshield. Mini MPVs have higher, more vertical seats than LAVs, while these have seats similarly placed as to hatchbacks, sedans and station wagons.
As leisure activity vehicles sometimes have an extended wheelbase over other superminis, they are longer than the station wagons and mini MPVs they are based on. For example, the
Fiat Doblòis one of the longest LAVs with a total length of 4255 mm, versus the 4050 mm of the Opel Meriva(a mini MPV) and the 4030 mm of the Peugeot 206SW (a supermini).
*List of current leisure activity vehicles
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