Car Reviews

See below our car reviews written by and for the women who either buy or influence some 80%+ of all car sales. Yes there’s an occasional Ferrari and Maserati but most are more affordable cars, bearing in mind that we live in a 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 or the race track…

NB: FOXY is a female motoring brand hence this gender flavour. Of course we look at car reviews written by men too.

Volvo XC60 SUV (2021 - ) reviewVolvo XC60 SUV (2021 - ) review

Updated Volvo XC60 weighs in with significantly improved plug-in hybrids and new Google-powered infotainment system

Cost rated as the biggest reason why young people are stalling on drivingCost rated as the biggest reason why young people are stalling on driving

It is worrying to hear that so many young people are so scared of driving that they have delayed seeking a license.

Why Buy a Used Car Warranty?Why Buy a Used Car Warranty?

It’s time to cancel your breakdown cover. You can receive breakdown recovery and assistance included in many of our policies. Save yourself an average of £54 a year and include it in your warranty cover!

What is a used car warranty and why do I need it?What is a used car warranty and why do I need it?

An extended vehicle warranty is a way for you to protect your purse strings if your car unexpectedly suffers a mechanical or electrical failure.

Top 5 worst cars for breakdown and repairsTop 5 worst cars for breakdown and repairs

There’s nothing worse than receiving an unexpected repair bill.

What is ISOFIX?What is ISOFIX?

It’s not surprising to learn that not all vehicles are ISOFIX compliant. Usually, vehicles built before 2006 will not feature the Isofix anchor points.

Why does your boot matter?Why does your boot matter?

When choosing between an SUV and an Estate ultimately it comes down to personal requirements and what you want from the car. We have listed our top 5 big boot cars, based on style, comfort, and family practicality.

A versatile e-bus called eBussyA versatile e-bus called eBussy

This ebussy does what it says on the tin offering ten variations of an electric bus…

Still chic and quirky at 40Still chic and quirky at 40

The Citroen 2CV Charleston celebrates its 40th birthday and is recognised as an iconic and standout brand – still coveted by many today.

New hybrid SUV from SuzukiNew hybrid SUV from Suzuki

The Across is the first SUV hybrid model supplied under the collaborative business agreement between Toyota and Suzuki.

The Pros and Cons of Classic CarsThe Pros and Cons of Classic Cars

If you want a car that stands out among today’s lookalike range of motors, you should consider a classic car as an investment. But you’ll probably need help to maintain and run it we suspect.

The Best Cars To LeaseThe Best Cars To Lease

Looking for the best car leasing deals can be a real challenge when you’re busy with home, family and career commitments. Our Guest Blog introduces some of the best leasing car choices to consider.

Sports car choices for womenSports car choices for women

Rachael, Erin and Vicki join forces to review cars for AutoTrader with women drivers in mind.

Car Buying Guide For TwinsCar Buying Guide For Twins

When racing driver Rebecca Jackson knew she was expecting twins, her everyday car needs changed overnight. Here’s how she tackled her new family car choice.

Electric car wins Disruptor AwardElectric car wins Disruptor Award

The all-new Citroën Ami – 100% electric has been named winner of ‘The Disruptor Award’ in the BBC Top Gear magazine Electric Awards 2020.

Ways to save £100,000 driving in LondonWays to save £100,000 driving in London

Until recently Linda ran a G Wiz for her international perfumery business in Central London, saving her a conservative £100,000 in fuel and car tax over a period of 14 years. Here’s her car review.

Car Review of the new all electric CitroenCar Review of the new all electric Citroen

Sadly Citroen’s new Ami All Electric isn’t for sale in the UK yet but here are the details we have to date.

Recognition for Best Small Electric CarRecognition for Best Small Electric Car

With increased range and a free fully-installed 7Kw wall box charger at your home, the new Renault ZOE is the well deserved winner of the best small electric car award in 2020.

Black Pack Range Rover VogueBlack Pack Range Rover Vogue

Actress Sheridan Smith collects her new Range Rover Vogue in advance of the birth of her first child.

World Family Car Of The YearWorld Family Car Of The Year

Based on the female-friendly criteria, the Mazda 3 hatchback and saloon secured the Women’s World Family Car of the Year award.

A choice of dog friendly carsA choice of dog friendly cars

AutoTrader’s all female REV Team test drive then review three purportedly dog friendly cars.

Buy Your Car By Vending MachineBuy Your Car By Vending Machine

Did you know you can buy your car via a vending machine in London? They say it’s via contactless payment but not if your credit card has a limit of £30 like mine…

Which Ferrari Would You Choose?Which Ferrari Would You Choose?

Do you want your car to be useable every day, practical, comfortable, stylish, civilised and with astonishing performance? You need a Ferrari it seems…

Is hydrogen the exciting car fuel for the future?Is hydrogen the exciting car fuel for the future?

Hyundai’s hydrogen NEXO car leaves the air cleaner not dirtier – surely that’s the future?

New 2019 Mazda3New 2019 Mazda3

The new 2019 Mazda3 is an award winning and fun to drive family hatchback with an outstanding safety record.

Toyota Corolla Hybrid ReviewToyota Corolla Hybrid Review

The Toyota Corolla has a predicted strong residual value to add to its environmental and value for money running costs, especially in congested urban environments.

Helen's car flutters eyelashes in SussexHelen's car flutters eyelashes in Sussex

Helen and Colin run a WAV (wheelchair assisted vehicle) which is a Citroen Berlingo, called Bluebell. If Bluebell flutters her eyelashes at you in Sussex, you’re expected to wave back…

Female Car Reviews WantedFemale Car Reviews Wanted

We are offering a free lifetime subscription to FOXY Lady Drivers Club, worth £24, in return for candid, honest and independent car reviews written by women.

Vans for womenVans for women

Women drive vans for business use and we’d like to see more manufacturers marketing to us and our business needs. Call in the REV team to help us make the right buying choices…

A Suzuki Vitara 1.6 SZ-T car reviewA Suzuki Vitara 1.6 SZ-T car review

FOXY Founder Steph Savill reviews her Suzuki Vitara with reliability and women in mind. How does it compare with her previous BMWs we wanted to know.

Suzuki vs Dacia vs Jeep SUVsSuzuki vs Dacia vs Jeep SUVs

Having fun road testing three budget SUVs – the Dacia Duster, the Suzuki Vitara and the Jeep Renegade.

The Best Electric Car ChoiceThe Best Electric Car Choice

What do you know about electric cars? Here we look at their affordability, range, charging options and female choices.

Ruth's Corsa helps make her life more funRuth's Corsa helps make her life more fun

Ruth Smethurst relies on her Corsa to run her business alongside family life and the need to escape from the daily hurly-burly in pursuit of fun. Here’s how & why.

The Volvo XC60 - so far ahead of others re car safetyThe Volvo XC60 - so far ahead of others re car safety

The Volvo XC60 is one of the safest cars there is and has just won the What Car? Safety Award of the Year. And members can buy this as a new car at an attractive discount. What’s stopping you?

What Sue did when her car was in an accidentWhat Sue did when her car was in an accident

Sue Bradley found herself in the unexpected situation of having no car to carry out her growing business role. She needed help to buy a replacement car in a hurry. Who to turn to? Who do you think!

Busy motoring mum Melanie test drives new Suzuki SwiftBusy motoring mum Melanie test drives new Suzuki Swift

Busy mum and business woman Melanie Verth reviews the new Suzuki Swift thanks to EMC car dealer in Eastbourne

Kicki organises luxury holidays & drives a PeugeotKicki organises luxury holidays & drives a Peugeot

Kicki Smith is a travel agent working from home. She travels a lot, relies on her car for UK journeys and is delighted with her new Peugeot 3008. Being Swedish she loves Volvos too.

Lyndsay reviews her Honda Jazz for MumsLyndsay reviews her Honda Jazz for Mums

Lyndsay reviews her Honda Jazz with mums in mind, rating it highly for family safety, reliability and practicality.

Steph reviews her Suzuki Swift 1.2 SZLSteph reviews her Suzuki Swift 1.2 SZL

Stephanie Turner is FOXY Lady Approved Springfield Gateshead’s Sales Manager so she knows about cars. We asked her to review her Suzuki Swift with women in mind.

Christina reviews the new Suzuki Baleno superminiChristina reviews the new Suzuki Baleno supermini

Christina was impressed by the Suzuki Baleno supermini in terms of its reliability, affordability, practicality and environmental credentials. As are we, especially after our Club’s affinity discount!

FOXY Member of the Month - Caroline and her BMWFOXY Member of the Month - Caroline and her BMW

Caroline Roberts-Quigley is a fundraiser for childrens hospice Chestnut Tree House in Sussex. Whilst it mightn’t be 100% perfect for her job role she is still able to fit everything in her fun to drive BMW.

FOXY member Jill's next car will be a white MercedesFOXY member Jill's next car will be a white Mercedes

Jill knows that her next car will be a Mercedes in white, thanks to her Arbonne Health and Wellness business. She thinks her sales mean she’ll be driving one in 2017. To tide her over until she gets her DB9 that is.

FOXY member spotlight - Claire's Motoring JourneyFOXY member spotlight - Claire's Motoring Journey

Claire’s motoring journey has been eventful but I doubt many of us can top her Porsche driving experience along Sunset Boulevard. Unless dear Member you can go one better…

FOXY member spotlight - Lisa's motoring memoriesFOXY member spotlight - Lisa's motoring memories

Lisa Moore runs her own fitness company in Sussex and has enjoyed a colourful motoring past. Here she shares her memories of some highly memorable motoring moments.

FOXY member spotlight - Linda and her MX5FOXY member spotlight - Linda and her MX5

Linda could do with an executive car for her business and training workshops. But she doesn’t want one. Her motoring heart loves her MX5 and where there is a will, there’s a way to get it all in…

A Review of Four Reasonably Priced Eco-CarsA Review of Four Reasonably Priced Eco-Cars

If you want to buy an environmentally-friendly yet affordable car, here are four well regarded eco-car choices we think you should consider.

Ford brings the US Edge SUV to EuropeFord brings the US Edge SUV to Europe

Suzanne took some time getting used to the size of the Ford Edge. But with first rate safety features and impressive onboard technology, this is a generously equipped vehicle for the money.

The new Jaguar F-Pace copes well in MontenegroThe new Jaguar F-Pace copes well in Montenegro

The Jaguar F-Pace is a premium SUV that performed well on challenging mountainous roads in Montenegro, reminding us here of Daniel Craig in Casino Royale. Smouldering said Geraldine.

Strictly Come Dancing Kristina chooses a VW Golf as her first carStrictly Come Dancing Kristina chooses a VW Golf as her first car

What a surprise for Alan Day VW in Finchley when Strictly Come Dancing star chose them to buy her new VW Golf from! Tell us more Kristina…

Aimee takes the Ford Focus RS for a spin at ValenciaAimee takes the Ford Focus RS for a spin at Valencia

The Ford Focus RS is due to arrive in the UK in April and the AWD Focus RS 5 door, 2.3 litre EcoBoost petrol with a 6-speed transmission, has an entry level price tag of £29,995. Not for the faint hearted.

The new smartforfour 'woman about town' carThe new smartforfour 'woman about town' car

Fun to drive, eye-catching and ideal in cities where it can almost turn on the spot, the downside is the new smartforcar car isn’t as comfortable or enjoyable on long or motorway journeys.

A Mini Clubman ReviewA Mini Clubman Review

The ‘old’ Mini was tiny, compared with today’s BMW MINI but both retain their individual fan clubs including lots of women drivers. We wanted to know what the appeal of an...

Mazda's new MX-5 is a winnerMazda's new MX-5 is a winner

What’s not to love about Mazda’s award winning all new MX-5? After donning her ultra cool Grace Kelly headscarf Geraldine Herbert dashed off to see how the new MX-5 would drive compared to the ‘old’ one we know and love....

Meet the new Peugeot 208 GT LineMeet the new Peugeot 208 GT Line

Small, sporty, safe and stylish, the new Peugeot 208 packs a punch as well and will appeal to young drivers and small families with 3 and 5 door options.

Fancy a luxury family car? The Audi Q8 might be the one...Fancy a luxury family car? The Audi Q8 might be the one...

Ahead of its launch in August Geraldine Herbert heads off to Switzerland to put Audi’s feature-laden new Q7 through its paces. Up and down spectacularly scenic and challenging mountain roads of course…

Is the Maserati Ghibli a business woman's racing car dream?Is the Maserati Ghibli a business woman's racing car dream?

If you are a girl racer by nature and can afford to impress the neighbours big time, then the Maserati Ghibli is the head-turning performance business car most fast females would fall for thinks FOXY.

Can the Jaguar XE become the female business executive choice?Can the Jaguar XE become the female business executive choice?

This might look like a Jaguar from a previous era but this model is set fair to challenge BMW and Audi’s supremacy in the compact business executive car market according to expert car reviewer Geraldine Herbert.

Mazda crossover CX-5 handles marvellously says SuzanneMazda crossover CX-5 handles marvellously says Suzanne

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...

A convertible risk for BMW?A convertible risk for BMW?

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...

The New Ford STThe New Ford ST

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...

Hannah reviews the Mercedes A-ClassHannah reviews the Mercedes A-Class

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.

New Car Discounts for Club MembersNew Car Discounts for Club Members

Never mind the price of fuel, Citroens are sought after for their affordable motoring, zippy performance and head-turning good looks. Lots of women drivers love them and Club members get an even better deal with an extra 10% off.

Will Geraldine want to return this BMW i8 after her test drive?Will Geraldine want to return this BMW i8 after her test drive?

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…...

The new BMW 220d M Sport CoupeThe new BMW 220d M Sport Coupe

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...

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...

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...

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

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...

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...

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 (??),...

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...

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.


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