Car Reviews for Women
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!!
4 April 2015
We wanted to know if Mazda’s new CX-5 crossover can cut it for females alongside the new kids on the SUV block – Skoda’s Yeti and Nissan’s Qashqai? And then there’s Kia’s better warrantied Sportage?
15 March 2015
Is there a female niche for the BMW 2 series convertible? We think so, especially for women drivers looking for a combination of style, spec and superior safety standards. And who doesn’t like getting the top down in summer?
20 February 2015
We’re talking fast and zippy. Trust Geraldine to give it a thorough work out on tricky S bends in the Spanish mountains. And thanks to Ford’s new eco engines we’re talking performance AND economy with c67mpg and 110g/km. That’s impressive.
20 January 2015
No longer an easily forgettable MPV, we’re talking about a new look hatch with low emissions and fuel consumption alongside enviably high performance levels with feminine allure. But not for Mums says Hannah.
23 December 2014
No it’s not a De Lorean but the gullwing doors will remind you of one. It’s BMW’s benchmark to challenge others re eco-credentials, style rating and driving experience. And yes you were right… Geraldine didn’t want to return this car after testing.
7 November 2014
It’s intended to bridge a gap between the popular 1 and 3 series but does it have a natural niche for BMW fans? This is a competitive diesel segment with BMW hoping to hit the spot for high mileage drivers who buy into their safe and sporty driving experience.
31 October 2014
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.
29 September 2014
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…
24 August 2014
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.
14 August 2014
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.
4 August 2014
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.
24 July 2014
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?
21 July 2014
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.
7 July 2014
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.
25 June 2014
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?
10 June 2014
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.
20 May 2014
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.
17 May 2014
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.
7 May 2014
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.
3 May 2014
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.
24 April 2014
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.
21 April 2014
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.
4 April 2014
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.
24 March 2014
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…
14 March 2014
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!
18 February 2014
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…
16 February 2014
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.
21 January 2014
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.
5 January 2014
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?
6 December 2013
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.
30 October 2013
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.
22 October 2013
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…
2 October 2013
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.
27 September 2013
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!
25 July 2013
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…
23 July 2013
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…
16 July 2013
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.
1 July 2013
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…
25 June 2013
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).
9 June 2013
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.
5 June 2013
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…
3 June 2013
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…
3 June 2013
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…