Car Hire Categories - ACRISS Code Explained

Car Hire Acriss Codes explained

What are ACRISS codes?

ACRISS codes (created by the Association of Car Rental Industry Systems Standards) are used to categorise rental vehicles, depending on certain characteristics they have. It helps to cluster a set of similar cars, so that in the event a specific model is not available, we are able to offer you a similar vehicle from the same category. Here at Sixt we have a comprehensive set of categories, including compact / saloons, 4x4s / SUVs, people carriers, luxury cars and vans.


Composition of ACRISS Codes

The ACRISS Code consists of 4 letters - each defining a vehicle characteristic.

  • First Letter: The vehicle's category, e.g. Economy, Premium
  • Second Letter: Body Type, e.g. Convertible, 5-Door
  • Third Letter: Transmission, e.g. Manual or Automatic
  • Fourth letter: Fuel Type or special features, e.g. Petrol, Air Conditioning


Am I guaranteed a specific car hire?

Due to various reasons we are unable to guarantee make and model, however we will be happy to accept requests for any particular preference you may have.  However please be advised this is not guaranteed.

The following attributes are used for defining our vehicle classes:

First Letter

M = Mini
E = Economy
C = Compact
I = Intermediate
S = Standard
F = Full-size
P = Premium
L = Luxury
X = Special

Second Letter

B = 2-3 Doors
C = 2-4 Doors
D = 4-5 Doors
W = Wagon/Estate
V = Passenger Van
L = Limousine
S = Sport
T = Convertible
F = SUV / 4x4
X = Special
P = Pick Up (regular cab)
Y = Two-Wheeled
Z = Special Offer Car

Third Letter

M = Manual Shift
A = Automatic Transmission

Fourth Letter

R = Air Conditioning
N = No Air Conditioning
E = Electric Car + Air Con
H = Hybrid
X = Ethanol

Popular Vehicle Categories from Sixt


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(e.g. BMW 5 Series, Audi A5)

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(e.g. Vauxhall Corsa, Citroen DS3)

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(e.g. Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Audi A3)

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