As a recent study has suggested that women are, contrary to popular belief, better drivers than men, we think it’s time to look at the female side of motoring. It’s not just men who love their cars, and we’re taking a look at which cars triumphed at the Women’s World Car of the Year 2012.
Isabelle from PassSmart spends her days writing about all things car-related, and is here to uncover what Babes About Town have been driving this year.
1. BMW 3-series
This sleek and stylish saloon was voted the most popular family car amongst women around the globe. It has all the space a family needs, the good-looks a working mum wants, and the safety ratings we all look for. On top of all that, it’s surprisingly economical, meaning you’ll save money on fuel in the long run.
2. Audi Q3
This Crossover looks the part, and is particularly reliable. From a safety point of view, the Audi Q3 has all of the features we’ve come to expect from Audi, and it feels pretty sturdy on the road too. The Audi Q3 doesn’t come cheap but there are 10 versions to choose from, with prices ranging from £25,000 upwards.
3. Ford Focus
You can’t go wrong with the humble Ford. A staple on British roads, the Focus hatchback came third in the family car category. It scores highly on safety, with its solid road handling and quality reputation behind it. Spacious inside, but not too intimidating on the road, it proves a popular choice amongst mums.
1. Honda Civic
The Civic came out on top of economical cars, with all 2012 models being fitted with an econ button. The econ button tweaks systems, like the air con, in the car in order to boost fuel economy. They’re reasonable in price and don’t skimp on safety features, so this one ticks the boxes if economy and security are high up on your list.
2. Volkswagen Up!
The Volkswagen Up! is a small and friendly town car with great fuel-economy. Not only did the Up! come 2nd in Women’s World Car of the Year, but it was also awarded Car of the Year 2012 by What Car?. It handles well, is deceptively spacious and is sensibly priced.
3. Ford Fiesta
Our second Ford on the list, the Fiesta is Britain’s best selling car. This year the popular car was given a facelift, with a downsize to a 1.0-litre Ecoboost engine, and a whole host of tech gadgets perfect for young drivers. The new Fiesta even has the MyKey system installed, allowing parents to control young drivers’ speed and even volume level.
1. Range Rover Evoque
At the higher end of the price scale, the Range Rover Evoque was voted the ultimate in ladies luxury. We can’t deny the Evoque’s dashing good looks and they score very highly on safety. As well as being voted the best luxury women’s car, the Evoque was also voted the supreme, overall, winner of the Women’s World Car of the Year.
2. Jaguar XJ
Providing an exhilarating drive and built with striking good looks, the Jaguar XJ is safe, reliable and handles well. It’s not the most spacious of vehicles but if you’re after luxury over practicality, it could be ideal for you.
3. Audi A6
Sitting respectably in third place of the luxury cars category, the Audi A6 is a saloon renowned for its quality interior and strong performance on the road. The A6 is pretty spacious and there are loads of add-on options from Audi, making sure that you don’t miss out on a thing.
Isabelle Guarella is a blogger at PassSmart.com who dreams of one day upgrading her red VW Polo for one of the cars on this list!