Women at the wheel

2010-07-30 13:21

There are some cars that ooze so much feminine appeal that it feels ­criminal when a man drives one. But that doesn’t mean these dainty cars don’t match up to all those masculine-looking rides out there. In fact, some have proven to be more sturdy and enduring in comparison.

Car connoisseurs, in the guise of female motoring journos, came together recently to compile a list of rides for this year’s Women’s Car of the Year Award.

From ­hatchbacks to sports cars, these “chick rides” have a special quality that manages to rev ­different women’s motors the world over. The winner from the seven different categories will be announced after car enthusiasts have voted for their favourites on the womenonwheels.com website.


Hatch it (hatchbacks)
VW Polo Vivo and New Polo, ­Suzuki Alto, Chevrolet Spark, Ford Figo, Fiat Panda and ­Citroën C3.

Boot it (sedans)
Toyota Corolla, Chevrolet Cruze, Kia Cerato, Ford Focus, Mazda3, Honda Civic and Subaru Legacy.

Save it (green cars)
Toyota Prius and Auris X, ­Peugeot 107, Honda CR-Z, VW Golf VI, Joule, Volvo S40 Drive, Lexus RX450H, Porsche ­Panamera and Ford Focus RS WRC.

Floor it (sports cars)
Citroën DS3, Daihatsu Materia Turbo, Kia Cerato Koup, Alfa Romeo Mito, Nissan 370Z, VW Scirocco and Lotus Evora.

Take it off (convertibles)
Fiat 500 Convertible, Peugeot 308 CC, Mazda MX-5, Renault Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet, Volvo C70, Lexus IS250C, Audi A5 Cabriolet, Mercedes-Benz E-Class Convertible, Bentley Continental GTC and Aston Martin DBS Volante.

Pack it in the back (estates)
Tata Indigo, Mini Clubman,­Peugeot 5008, Volvo V50, Subaru Outback, BMW 3 Series Touring, Audi A4 Avant, Mercedes-Benz ­C-Class Estate, Honda Accord Tourer and Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate.

Multi-task it (SUV and MPV)
Suzuki SX4 and Grand Vitara, Daihatsu Terios, Nissan Qashqai, Toyota Rav4, Land Rover Freelander 2 and Discovery 4, BMW X1, Renault Grand Scenic, ­Peugeot 3008, Chevrolet Captiva, Mazda CX-7, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, Hyundai IX35, Volvo XC60, Audi Q5, Nissan Murano, VW Caravelle, Lexus LX570, Toyota Land Cruiser Prado and Renault Koleos.

  • Gordon is one of the six judges for 2010 Women’s Car of the Year

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