This is a smooth riding 4 door hatchback. It is big enough to carry 4 adults comfortably. It is also small enough to save you a lot on gas. Because it is a hatchback the back seats lay down and it just about becomes a small pickup truck. I don't know if I want you to haul sand and wood but you could pick up small furniture, etc. It has everything you need including an aux port and pretty nice stereo system.