Look, we know there no such thing as a girlie car and that every individual in modern Britain should, theoretically, be free to drive whichever car he or she desires without fear of judgement, ridicule or reproach.
Well, that was before Volkswagen put a ‘vase’ on the dashboard of its ‘New Beetle’. Though it was claimed to pay homage to the vase in the original Beetle, it was clearly an attempt by the German auto giants to tap into women’s growing independence on the road and off. A recent survey by the University College London found that 2.5 million more women have driving licenses than in 1995. With so many more women on the road, it’s easy to understand why car designers are softening their design approach.
We went to Twitter and Facebook to get your thoughts on the ten girliest cars on the road and here are your recommendations, along with a few of our own.
All those lovely feminine lines, the slightly retro styling (it is said to be based on the gorgeous Datsun Fairlady) and limited colourways – Topaz Mist, Emerald Green, Pale Aqua and Lapis Grey – make the Figaro among the most girlie of girlie rides. Did you know that each colourway is meant to represent a season of the year? Though looking every inch a girlie car, a Figaro is reportedly driven by Arsenal’s clearly big manly defender Thomas Vermaelen.
Is the VW Beetle really a girl’s car? It’s tough to argue against it when you consider a re-launch that sort of hanged its hat on a flower on the dashboard. Yes, a VW Beetle has that surfer thing going on, yes it’s got a little more under the hood with each passing model, but it’s GOT A FLOWER IN A VASE ON THE DASHBOARD.
If a Nissan Micra is not a girly car, why would Money Supermarket identify it as the perfect way to ridicule Nigel Mansell – “it’s my wife’s car” he says. New Micras have keyless entry, parking sensors, auto headlights, front and rear power windows, Bluetooth and a three year 100,000 km warranty. But is that enough to persuade manly men to get behind the wheel? Doubt it.
Another little number that’s petit, pretty and inoffensive. Perhaps it’s the 500,000 different personalised variations on offer that makes drivers think of the 500 as a girly car, perhaps it’s the celebrity appeal and the fact that Jennifer Lopez heads up their campaign.
The Ford Ka originally touted itself as a little bit street and a little bit edge but since launch the Ka has been appropriated by girly drivers, being nicknamed the nappy due to it being the baby of the Ford range. It’s not exactly sexy but it is a practical little motor – reliable, cheap to run and comfortable for young singles – it’s almost a car for people who don’t like driving.
For all The Italian Job-cool, modern Minis are everything a girly car should be – fun, frolicky, nippy, reliable and less storage space than the average clutch bag. It’s not all bad news however, in 2009, Mini Drivers were voted the sexiest in a poll which asked 2,000 men to choose their favourite. More than two thirds of those who responded said they would always try and get a glimpse of a Mini driver when one went past. Perhaps they meant Mini Driver.
Buyers of the supermini from French automaker Peugeot are 88% female and just 12% male. Perhaps it had something to do with the ubiquitous ‘Nicole’ adverts flying around during the 206’s pomp. The 206 emerged as a choice for Britain’s thirtysomething females throughout the last decade and continues to enjoy its status as a funaround.
An affordable way to own a sportscar, the MX-5 (and to a lesser extent Toyota’s MR2) offers girl-racers a chance to enjoy a little bit of performance on the road. Even if it’s most closely associated with the fairer sex, the MX-5 remains a great fun ride, a bit of hidden secret that girly drivers continue to keep close to their chests.
First launched at the 1998 French Car Show, the name alludes to the limited cockpit space which is just perfect for a girl around town and expensive looking bags containing ‘something for the weekend’. Perhaps best of all, and this may be more than a little contentious, is the fact the SMART ForTwo is one of the easiest cars to park on British roads. The car is about the same length as the width of a conventional car, allowing the option of driving into parking spaces and avoiding parallel parking. Just saying.
The name sort of says it all. The Tigra might be a fair bit quicker than some of the other cars in this list, but there’s little point in denying that the styling, interior and relatively impractical nature of Vauxhall’s coupe marks it out as a car for girls. Still, there’s nothing wrong with that, is there?
And there’s more!
Did You Know that there’s a website dedicated to this exact subject?
The top ten girly cars as voted by visitors of girlcarguycar are:
- Tata Nano
- Mazda 3
- Peugeot 1007
- Ford Ka
- SMART ForTwo
- Renault Twingo
- Toyota Yaris
- Renault Megane
- Toyota IQ
- Suzuki Alto.
And Top Ten Guy Cars?
- Lamborghini Gallardo LP560
- Ford GT
- Aston Martin DBS
- Pagini Zonda S
- Mercedes-Benz AMG CLK63 Black Edition
- Bugatti Veyron
- Aston Martin Vanquish S
- TVR Tuscan S
- Chrysler 300c SRT8
- Nissan GTR.