Gull Wing vs. Split Door: Choosing the Right Door Configuration for Your Vehicle Fitout

Selecting the right door configuration is a pivotal decision in any vehicle fitout project, as it significantly impacts the accessibility, functionality, and overall design of the vehicle

Selecting the right door configuration is a pivotal decision in any vehicle fitout project, as it significantly impacts the accessibility, functionality, and overall design of the vehicle. At Auto Transform, we understand the importance of this choice and aim to provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision. In this article, we will compare the pros and cons of gull wing and split door configurations to help you determine the best option for your Auto Transform fitout.

Gull Wing Doors


  1. Aesthetic Appeal: Gull wing doors are often associated with luxury and high-performance vehicles, adding a sleek and modern look to the vehicle.
  2. Easy Access: With the entire side of the vehicle opening upwards, gull wing doors provide excellent accessibility to the interior, making it easier to load and unload cargo or equipment.
  3. Weather Protection: Gull wing doors provide great shelter from the weather using the full door area when folded open.


  1. Cost: Gull wing doors are generally more expensive to manufacture and install compared to traditional door configurations.
  2. Maintenance: The complex mechanism of gull wing doors can be prone to mechanical issues, requiring regular maintenance and potential repairs.
  3. Safety Concerns: In the event of being on the side of the road with the right side door open, gull-wing doors may pose a higher risk of becoming hit as they protrude more out into the road area.

Split Doors


  1. Versatility: Split doors offer more flexibility in terms of opening options, allowing for partial opening of the door when needed.
  2. Durability: The simple and robust design of split doors makes them less prone to mechanical failures and easier to maintain.
  3. Safety: In the event of having the split door open on the side of the road, split doors is less likely to get hit as they are closer to the vehicle.
  4. Space Efficiency: Gull wing doors require less clearance space on the sides, making them ideal for tight parking spaces or narrow alleys.
  5. Workbench: The low part of the split door provides a workbench when folded down. The door can then also unclipped and folded right down out of the way.


  1. Weather protection: Unlike gull-wing doors, split doors may not provide as wide a covering when open to protect you from the weather.
  2. Opening process: Split doors require one more handle operation to open the lower section.


The choice between gull wing and split door configurations depends on your specific needs, preferences, and the intended use of the vehicle. If you prioritize weather protection, easy accessibility, and opening efficiency, gull wing doors may be the ideal choice for you. On the other hand, if  versatility, durability, having a work bench and safety are your main concerns, split doors could be the better option.

At Auto Transform, we specialize in creating customized fit-outs tailored to your unique requirements. Our team of experts can help you explore the pros and cons of different door configurations and guide you in making the best decision for your vehicle fitout project. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you transform your vehicle into a safe, functional and stylish masterpiece.


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