Top ten best cars for women
While there are no set cars designed specifically for women drivers, research shows on average, women’s taste to differ from men’s.
Men tend to favour performance cars – for example some of the cars outlined in our best hot hatches – while women, sensibly, are more likely to favour fuel economy and running costs when buying a new car, according to research.
But that does not mean looks, performance or desirability need to be sacrificed in the process. Below we’ve listed ten cars for women and why they are worth consideration.
1) Fiat 500
The Fiat 500 is the first and most obvious choice as a car designed to catch the eye of female buyers. Designed with a retro, ‘cute’ look this little city runaround makes its intentions towards the more feminine end of the market clear.
‘Bug’ eyes, a collection of body colours such as powder blue and pink and tie-ins with fashion labels such as Diesel and Gucci means the popular little three-door 500 is a favourite with younger women drivers.
Its desirability was recognised by none other than male-dominated Top Gear, which named it the sexiest car around – ahead of the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini.
Fiat 500 prices start from around £10,000.
2) Ford Ka
If you like the look of the Fiat 500 but the premium feel, and subsequent price, is a bit too much, the Ford Ka is a cheaper alternative that never feels inferior.
In fact, the Ford Ka is arguably the better car if driving experience is anything to go by. Its handling, responsiveness and ability to flit around town is superb.
It also offers a choice of style; choose the previous generation, with its big bumpers and ‘cute’ looks or the newer generation with its grown-up, Fiesta-inspired style.
Both offer ultra-low driving costs and an affordable starting price. Ideal for a first car or a city runabout.
Ford Ka prices start from under £10,000
3) Renault Zoe
With a name like Zoe, this small electric hatchback was never going to be one for the men. However, it is a superb little car.
It is the most affordable electric car in the UK and comes with three-door hatchback practicality, smart, ‘normal car’ looks and ultra-low running costs.
Of course, electric cars do come with come caveats, not least a 130-mile range and 30 minute to nine hour-charging time, but in turn a charge costs less than a petrol or diesel and road tax is free.
The Zoe also comes with unique technology such as an air humidifier, oil incense and other additions aimed at turning the interior into a relaxing spa-like experience at the touch of a button.
Renault Zoe prices start from £13,500 not including a £70 per month battery leasing charge.
4) Citroen DS3
The Citroen DS3 is by no means a women’s car. However, its appeal is universal and several of the options available are more likely to appeal to females than males.
Citroen’s premium, highly customisable small hatchback can be specified with all manner of different body colours and combinations.
However, one of the most popular has to be the Orla Kiely special editions. Designed by the eponymous artist, the Orla Kiely limited editions come with special roof and interior graphics to give the superb little car a fashionable twist.
Citroen DS3 prices start from around £12,500.
5) Renault Wind
Small hatchbacks are all very well, but now for something a bit more fun. The Renault Wind is a compact little roadster with a folding hard-top roof and the classical two-seat layout so beloved British convertible drivers.
Based on the Twingo – another small car aimed squarely at female buyers – the roof is the main feature of the Wind. It can fold automatically in just 12 seconds to open the car up the sun.
Affordable and dripping in French chic design, the Renault Wind is a car very much aimed at the style and fashion-conscious.
Tired of (completely ridiculous) Mazda MX-5 references? This could be the car for you.
Renault Wind prices start from around £13,000
6) Peugeot RCZ
Women are one of the key demographics Audi targeted with its TT coupe and if you were one of those impressed with its design – you are bound to be spellbound by the even more attractive Peugeot RCZ.
The low-slung, curvy coupe may have been elegantly styled in France but it also features a ‘double-bubble’ roof, a feature associated with Italian design house Zagato and a feature cars from the likes of Maserati and Ferrari down the years.
The coupe roof gives the RCZ an attractive silhouette and one which is a definite head-turner out on the road, as our Peugeot RCZ review proves.
The car is a 2+2, which means children can fit into the back, but adults may find space limited. But with a car that looks this good, practicality is not the most important aspect.
Peugeot RCZ prices may be however, because at a little over £20,000, its design is as good as cars that are twice the price.
7) Jaguar XK Coupe
The Peugeot RCZ is the affordable coupe option but if you’ve got a little more money to play about with why not venture into the traditional realm of male drivers – Jaguar.
The luxury XK Coupe is a great car for a driver of any sex. Equipped with luscious leather interiors, plenty of the latest gadgets and gizmos and sporting a classical coupe shape, it is one of the most desirable cars on the road.
It also packs in plenty of power from its 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine. While it isn’t cheap, performance is superb with a 0-60mph time of just 4.6 seconds it is extremely quick.
However, prices do start in the region of £60,000. Remarkably, the Jaguar XK Coupe is worth every penny.
8) Kia Soul
Moving back down to the more affordable end of the market, the Kia Soul is an ideal solution for mums who need that extra space for the kids but does not want to sacrifice style or individuality.
The Kia Soul is a small, five-seat MPV with a boxy rear end to create more space. However, it also comes in a quirky package based around that of an SUV.
The result is a one-off design which will catch the eye and give a little extra street-cred on the school run. There are even a selection of dramatic special editions called the Soul Originals featuring striking body colours and interiors to give the Soul an even more individual twist.
Kia Soul prices start from £12,000.
9) Seat Alhambra
A sexy, seven-seat people carrier that drives like a smaller car but comes with an executive feel and plenty of space? Banish any thoughts of the dull, box-like soccer mum MPV and feast your eyes on the Seat Alhambra.
The Alhambra was launched at the end of 2010 and has won the Best MPV award from both WhatCar? and AutoExpress amongst others.
The Seat Alhambra is a superb people carrier and ideal for carting the children to school, sports or on holiday. It is comfortable, well-equipped and reliable thanks to the brand coming under the ownership of Volkswagen Group.
Seat Alhambra prices start from around £22,000 – another string to its bow when more expensive, inferior people carriers are considered.
10) Range Rover Evoque
The Range Rover Evoque is a car designed for women drivers who want Range Rover luxury, SUV practicality and eye-catching style in a city setting.
Despite offering the classic Land Rover trait of four-wheel drive, the Evoque also comes with a two-wheel option, lower running costs and even a price tag under £30,000 for entry-level models.
One of the best-looking cars on the road courtesy of SUV character and a coupe-like sloping roofline, the Evoque also features luscious interiors designed with the help of Victoria Beckham.
The stylish Evoque already boasts excellent sales and plenty of awards from the industry and it could just be the best ever Range Rover.