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Women account for c40% of car ownership today and are said to influence as many as 80% of all car sales. We’re not at all surprised by those statistics, just surprised that some manufacturers seem a little slow to appreciate that many women look for different features and customer services compared to most men.

So we thought we’d review the sort of cars women are most likely to buy. Sadly no Top Gear-like Aston Martin or Maserati reviews yet (although we do have a very FOXY Ferrari review, my goodness…) because we live in the real world with sticky fingered children, garden refuse, camping holidays and muddy dogs to consider when we go car shopping. Even if we then change gear and head off for the boardroom…

Hopefully our car reviews might contribute in some small way to your car buying decisions in future.

Finally, wouldn’t it be nice if, one of these days, car manufacturers might find a secure storage place in their hearts for our ‘need to be handy’ handbags? With drinks holders and places for rubbish… we could go on so better we stop now!!

A technology first for Ford's new FocusA technology first for Ford's new Focus

Suzanne Keane travelled to the south of Spain to drive the new Ford Focus ahead of its November launch. Mountains, sunshine and Spanish hospitality – no we’re not jealous it was you Suzanne.

Toyota's wacky i-Road in GrenobleToyota's wacky i-Road in Grenoble

Narrower than a motorbike yet slightly bigger than a scooter this is no normal car. But will the i-Road ever make it into mainstream production by safety conscious Toyota? Knowing that few of us are as slender as Geraldine in that driving seat…

The smooth Audi A7 Sportback 3.0 TDI UltraThe smooth Audi A7 Sportback 3.0 TDI Ultra

Not in the UK yet, we expect it to be a popular Audi among those that love the brand and can afford its £45k likely price tag.

Nissan's new Qashqai is surely hard to beat?Nissan's new Qashqai is surely hard to beat?

A spelling challenge for many motorists, was Nissan first to come up with the crossover concept car for a UK market? Certainly the Qashqai seems to cater for lots of different customers and lifestyles but now faces stiff competition for the value for money end of this sector. NB: Lots of headroom and boot space.

Can the  new look Mazda MX5 do the business for women?Can the new look Mazda MX5 do the business for women?

Why wouldn’t any woman not want a sporty MX5 for top down driving? Unless it’s too impractical or not economic enough we imagine. We’re talking looks, driveability and definite value for money compared to BMW’s Z4.

Will Mercedes' rugged crossover appeal to women?Will Mercedes' rugged crossover appeal to women?

Mercedes may be late to the Crossover Party but their new GLA promises good looks and car like driving. What we wanted to know was whether women are likely to fancy its rugged exterior?

A new city car challengerA new city car challenger

Will the new Citroen C1 outperform its predecessor? With zero VED and no London Congestion charge models, cool looks, passenger comfort and maximum manouevrability in tight city spaces? What’s not to like, we say.

Steph test drives the new Citroen C4 CactusSteph test drives the new Citroen C4 Cactus

Not often can we combine Citroen, cities, canals and cacti in the same sentence. Steph test drives the eye-catching Citroen C4 Cactus in Amsterdam.

Mercedes new and elegant C-Class saloonMercedes new and elegant C-Class saloon

Why do so many women like Mercedes? Could it be because their cars are elegant and sophisticated without seeming prohibitively expensive? Or perhaps it’s to do with female friendly dealership service levels?

Sinead tests the Can-Am SpyderSinead tests the Can-Am Spyder

And now for something completely different! They call it a roadster but it wasn’t what we expected one to be. Open air riding that’s for sure but thrilling and mystical to boot says Sinead. Driver training course needed first we say.

Can Kia's new Soul win female hearts and minds?Can Kia's new Soul win female hearts and minds?

Fun, quirky and practical there’s bound to be a Soul to suit your purse and personality. We hope it wins over hearts and minds in the UK as it has done in the US.

A first drive of the new Jeep CherokeeA first drive of the new Jeep Cherokee

Better than its predecessor that’s for sure but a wee dull in parts. If you like driving masculine looking cars – this is the one. It’s also best in class for safety, great for climbing 70% inclines we’re told (??), capable and economical.

BMW goes electric but can it be competitive?BMW goes electric but can it be competitive?

It’s a sign of confidence that BMW has launched its first electric car. Ideal for city lovers it has restricted range of course but that doesn’t detract from the quality of the brand and its fantastic on board access. We look forward to seeing who buys this and when electric cars go mainstream.

We compare the Range Rover Evoque with Volvo's XC60We compare the Range Rover Evoque with Volvo's XC60

It’s a tough call we say. A better and more exciting drive versus the practicality that comes with Scandinavian attention to detail, simplicity and safety. Let’s see what we thought, in more detail.

We're testing the Audi A3 Saloon 1.4 TFSIWe're testing the Audi A3 Saloon 1.4 TFSI

This is an awardwinning executive car to rival BMW and Mercedes models in the same class. Surprisingly stylish and opulent yet practical and achieving good economy too.

Suzanne reviews Alfa's new baby, the MiToSuzanne reviews Alfa's new baby, the MiTo

Hard to beat for style, the new Alfa MiTo is a great looking city car for girls and their top of the range QV model will delight all those looking for added poky performance.

Could you be a DS3 Faubourg addict?Could you be a DS3 Faubourg addict?

This is a stylish head turning car from Citroen but is the £500 Faubourg extras worth it? Yes if you want a ‘look at me’ model. But don’t be put off; the DS is a great car and remember Club members get a 10% discount.

Is the new MINI Cooper better than the old?Is the new MINI Cooper better than the old?

Bigger, beefy and better is the verdict. But has the new MINI lost some of its female motoring appeal as it puts on more girth? Only time will tell but Geraldine was impressed with the car and the Mallorquin roads…

Toyota's Auris Touring SportToyota's Auris Touring Sport

The Toyota Auris performs well in the compact estate category and whilst some might think it a tad unexciting to drive it looks good and should give its Ford and Hyundai rivals a good run for your money!

Renault gives the new Scenic a rugged makeoverRenault gives the new Scenic a rugged makeover

Renault’s Scenic XMOD is a crossover. That makes it a MPV at heart with added rugged looks. We expect families will love its space. But how will it fare alongside the cheaper Skoda Yeti and Peugeot 308? Let’s see…

Annie's dream car is a Mercedes SLK 350Annie's dream car is a Mercedes SLK 350

Annie Dixon is a Director of The Lady Golfer Club so clearly she needs a car to ferry her golfing clubs between venues. And it has to look good too. Her dream car choice? A silver Mercedes SLK 350 convertible. Very nice.

Citroen's new Grand C4 PicassoCitroen's new Grand C4 Picasso

After test driving the new Grand C4 Picasso Geraldine predicts that the e-HDi 115 Airdream manual VTR+ version at £21,955 will be the most popular model with new car buyers.

A First Drive Review of the Mercedes CLA 220A First Drive Review of the Mercedes CLA 220

Mercedes is a highly popular brand with business women in particular and there’s no doubt that this model exudes the expected image of style and elegance. But will Geraldine give it her top marks when she drives it for the first time?

First Drive of the Fiat 500L MPWFirst Drive of the Fiat 500L MPW

Fiat’s new MPV is aimed at Mums. It’s a good value for money family car, claiming to be roomier than any other in its class. It competes with the Focus and Golf for size but carries a heavier payload cost effectively.

A First Drive of the BMW X5 at GoodwoodA First Drive of the BMW X5 at Goodwood

Sporty, potent and agile is Geraldine’s verdict about the new BMW X5. Suffice it to say she was quick to say yes to reviewing this after test driving it at Goodwood a couple of weeks before its launch. This is a big seller to motoring Mums.

A first drive review of the Renault TwizyA first drive review of the Renault Twizy

Fun, small and eco-friendly the Renault Twizy is classed as a quadricycle so don’t expect more than basic onboard facilities although you could pay extra for doors… See what Caroline thinks here…

Which one are you we wonder? A Vauxhall Jam, Glam or Slam driver?Which one are you we wonder? A Vauxhall Jam, Glam or Slam driver?

Glam, Jam or Slam for you? With seemingly unlimited accessories to personalise this small car, are you looking for fashionable wheels, with a penchant for puns? Geraldine delivers her verdict about the new Vauxhall Adam.

First Drive of the new Ferrari 458First Drive of the new Ferrari 458

A Ferrari could well be the perfect car for most FOXY ladies. All we need is the dosh. But for that serious outlay we’d probably prefer a manual version not the flappy paddly dual clutch that Laura didn’t take to. The perfect Christmas present we thought!

First drive review of the Range Rover SportFirst drive review of the Range Rover Sport

The Range Rover Sport is the belle of the automotive ball in the UK automotive industry because of its sales success. You don’t have to drive it through deep muddy water but given the chance, Geraldine decided to…

Citroen's C1 is stylish, low cost and zippyCitroen's C1 is stylish, low cost and zippy

Women like the Citroen C1 because its cute, stylish, a veritable pocket rocket, well designed and ferociously good value for money. Especially after the FOXY Lady Drivers Club discount that extends to members’ family too…

This stylish Citroen will give the Mini a run for its moneyThis stylish Citroen will give the Mini a run for its money

This was Jill’s first Citroen to review and she certainly started with one of the most stylish models – the DS3 Cabrio. Being a lucky soul the sun came out and has stayed out since… reminding us how wonderful a convertible is during the summer months.

Joyanne, Skoda and a Yeti called BettyJoyanne, Skoda and a Yeti called Betty

Award winning Joyanne Williamson is a speech therapist who knows what she needs when it comes to buying a car. After a happy motoring past with Skoda she was delighted to meet new model Betty (the Yeti) and thinks other women drivers will be too…

The new Citroen C4 PicassoThe new Citroen C4 Picasso

Ideal for families, Citroen’s new C4 is a good looker, fit for purpose on many counts and great value for money. Too soon for Citroen UK to discount this model,members of FOXY Lady Drivers Club get 10% off, over and above dealership offers (we hope).

FOXY reviews the new Ford Fiesta with women in mindFOXY reviews the new Ford Fiesta with women in mind

Fords have certainly moved on in terms of their sophistication and green credentials. I was particularly impressed by the engine performance and mpg, making this a very attractive and affordable car for many.

Forget football and Brazil - the Rio is a foxy car for femalesForget football and Brazil - the Rio is a foxy car for females

A car I instantly felt at home in despite this being my first Kia drive. Reassuring! And then of course there’s the fab 7 year warranty and associated reliability to factor in. Definitely a foxy family car I thought…

FOXY’s all about the VA VA VOOM!FOXY’s all about the VA VA VOOM!

Will Renault’s new Clio live up its Va Va Voom reputation? Jill was in no doubt about her opinion and after driving the previous Renault Clio model for several years, we think she probably knows best…

Dacia for frugal, functional and foxy carsDacia for frugal, functional and foxy cars

From just £5995, Steph wasn’t sure what to expect but ended up being highly impressed by the value for money this car represents. When money matters, and let’s face it, when doesn’t it, be sure to test drive this family car to set the benchmark for others…



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