Do men and women have different tastes in cars?
Judging from the latest statistics from ALA GAP Insurance – who helped to produce the Top 5 Cars Most Popular with Women in 2015 list – it seems that they do.
Click the visual on the left, to check out the stats, and discover the cars below!
Cars Popular with Women
In making up the list, ALA Protect looked at the cars with the greatest percentage of GAP policies held by women and by men. The list does not reflect GAP sales volume and is not a reflection of market share.
Judging from the Top 5, it seems that smaller, more compact vehicles were particularly popular with women in 2015. The list also includes city cars, economy cars, superminis and sports cars. Manufacturers originate from Italy, Japan and America, with almost all marques represented.
Sales volume and sales difference helped to push FIAT to the top spot. Models such as the FIAT 500 and Panda all proved to be very popular with women in 2015.
Fiat 500 Convertible S
The Fiat 500 not only combines retro and funky styling, it’s also a good drive. Primarily aimed at younger drivers, the car received 5 stars on its Euro NCAP test and comes with 7 airbags as standard.
The Fiat’s 875cc two cylinder engine is very economical with just 99g/km of CO2 and a combined MPG of around 70. It also has a dash that includes an Eco monitor with a green light that comes on when the car is being driven economically.
With a vast array of styling options, such as colour combinations, stripes, alloy wheels and interior specs, you can be sure to have a car that is unique.
Fiat Panda 4×4
The Fiat Panda is a pint-sized 4×4, which works superbly both as an all-season city car and an off-roader. The Panda’s safety features are excellent with ESP (Electronic Stability Program) and ABS, as well as driver, passenger and window airbags as standard.
Under the bonnet the Panda has a 1.3 MultiJet II 16v diesel engine, producing 75 bhp and 190 Nm of torque. The car is also very eco-friendly and efficient, thanks to its Start&Stop system and a combined fuel consumption of up to 60.1 mpg.
Fun to drive and cheap to run, city drivers may never venture off-road with the Panda, but that won’t stop them being seduced by its charms.
Models such as the MINI Coupe and the Clubman were all favourites with women last year.
Thanks to its fabulous design and radical roof the Mini Coupe has no trouble standing out from the Mini hatchback, Mini convertible, a Mini Clubman, and a Mini Countryman.
Aimed primarily at both single adults and couples, the Coupe is great for those who enjoy camping, skiing, golfing and the great outdoors. Equipped with 6 airbags, dynamic stability control, ABS, and an automatic cut-off of the fuel pump in a crash situation, the car is safe as well as fun.
If you have an active lifestyle and are looking for a car that looks great and is also fun to drive, you’d be hard pressed to find a better car than the Mini Coupe.
The Mini Clubman was created in response to previous, much smaller Mini models. Launched in 2008, the van-like MINI not only came with extra rear legroom and boot space, but also (and more controversially) a ‘suicide door’ that had been placed on the right-hand side.
Later models may have lost the right-hand side door, but the Clubman has still managed to keep its unique styling thanks to features like rear barn doors rather than the traditional boot lid. It also comes with a number of generous features as standard, including MINI Navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, interior lights pack, an Excitement pack and a start/stop system, with many other features on offer.
In particular the Ypsilon proved to be very popular in 2015 with women, along with the Chrysler Crossfire.
Chrysler Ypsilon 1.2 SE
The Ypsilon is the smallest of the Italian-built Lancias that have been uniquely badged as Chryslers for the UK market. Italian through and through, the car is aimed at those looking for an economical, but luxurious vehicle.
The Ypsilon comes with a choice of three engines; a 1.3 MultiJet II turbo-diesel, a 1.2-litre petrol and a 900 cc two-cylinder. The 69bhp 1.2-litre petrol engine is fun to drive, handles well and provides a comfortable ride.
The styling may not appeal to everyone, and it’s certainly not the cheapest small car on the market but the Ypsilon is fun to drive, cheap to run and comes very well equipped.
It may look like an American sports coupe on the surface, but the Chrysler Crossfire is effectively an old Mercedes SLK underneath. The crossfire’s two-seat cabin is comfortable, and the boot is big but the low driver’s seat and high window line restricts rear visibility, making reverse-park troublesome.
Under the bonnet, drivers will certainly enjoy the Crossfire’s 3.2 V6 engine, producing 215bhp and an impressive engine note at 4000rpm. There is a wealth of equipment too, with leather seats, dual-zone climate control and cruise control all as standard – but some may feel let down by the interior fittings and switches.
The handling and trimmings may not live up to the Crossfire’s dramatic looks, but the power and comfort of the car is undeniable.
The SMART FORFOUR and FORTWO were by far the most popular models for women in 2015.
First launched back in 2008, the new SMART FORTWO looks to build on the strengths of the original model and correct the originals limitations.
Seating only two people (hence the name), the FORTWO may be tiny, but is actually rather spacious. 4 inches wider than the previous model, you’ll not be rubbing elbows with your passenger, and the FORTWO’s 12.2 cubic foot trunk means you’ll enough space for your weekly shop, if not your big suitcases.
It may not be the cheapest car on the market but with advance safety features such as ‘Crosswind Assist’, the SMART FORTWO may be the two seater for you.
First launched back in 2004, the new SMART FORFOUR has followed in MINI’s footsteps by building on its original features. Primarily aimed at city dwellers, it may be a compact car, but it certainly has a ‘big car’ look.
Even though it may lack power above 50mph and light steering lets it down for motorway driving, the FORFOUR is sprightly, zippy and very easy to park. The steering is perfect for city driving and its turning circle would make a black cab blush.
As well as coming in an array of colours and optional features, the SMART FORFOUR comes in three levels:
• Passion, standard features plus styling updates.
• Prime, a panoramic roof and leather heated front seats.
• Proxy, sports package and larger alloy wheels.
The subcompact Daihatsu Sirion was a big hit with women in 2015 and was one of the few cars with which only women took out a GAP policy.
Daihatsu Sirion 1.3 SE
Roomier than your standard mini and offering a set of standard features that would embarrass some of the marques above, despite its imperfections the Daihatsu can’t be accused of not trying.
Thanks to a combination of sporty styling and practicality, the Sirion is perfect for those looking for something a bit different from the more standard Ford Fiesta. Even though the car doesn’t come with a diesel option, both fuel models are unlikely to have high running costs.
Despite its dreary interior and uninspiring image, the Daihatsu Sirion is a strong supermini; spacious, quirky and very good value for money.
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