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Best cars for women

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Author: | Updated: 09 Mar 2021 09:50

This is not a list collated by a man. Let’s get that straight. Despite the challenges the pandemic has presented, the Women’s World Car of the Year Awards, a team of 50 motoring journalists from 38 countries spanning five continents, made an extra effort to get behind the wheel of hundreds of vehicles to evaluate them. Eligible vehicles were launched between January and December 2020.

The jury, exclusively composed of women, have announced the winners in each of the nine categories. These vehicles represent excellence in their segments based on safety, comfort, technology and value for the money.

Best urban car: Peugeot 208

Peugeot 208 best urban car 2021

First on the list is the best urban car winner. Previously voted the 2020 European Car of the Year, the 208 has another award to add to its cabinet.

The latest styling, borrowed from its bigger 508 sibling, is much more aggressive than previous models. The interior of the 208 also offers some serious value for money, featuring the latest i-Cockpit set-up dominating the dashboard with smart chrome ‘piano’ toggle switches finishing the look. You could be driving around in the popular Peugeot 208 for as little as £190 per month.

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Best family car: Skoda Octavia

Skoda Octavia best family car 2021

The best family car of the year, according to WWCOTY is the Skoda Octavia. It’s no surprise to us, as the Octavia is one of those cars that checks all of the boxes. Who needs anything other than an Octavia?

If you need luxury, you can spec it up to have everything you want. If you want space, it’s got plenty. Low running costs? Well, 64.1mpg suggests it won’t be expensive. A sporty drive? Ok, you might miss out on that, but then there is a sporty vRS version for that.

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Best luxury car: Lexus LC500

Lexus LC500 best luxury car 2021

Surprised? We’re not so much. Lexus has knocked on the door of greatness in the sports car world before, but the door has never fully opened for this Japanese manufacturer.

The RC is good and the exotic, expensive and limited edition LFA brilliant, but it’s taken this superb LC to get over the threshold and rival the likes of the Porsche 911 and Mercedes-AMG GT.

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Best performance car: Ferrari F8 Spider

Ferrari F8 Spider best performance car 2021

Possibly one of the most iconic performance cars, the Ferrari F8 Spider has sprinted across the line to claim the title of the best performance car. The F8 Spider has set a new benchmark for the “en plein air” sports car in terms of usable performance and exceptional handling, providing an incredibly rewarding driving experience.

When performance car comes to mind, you think of the Ferrari F8 Spider.

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Best urban SUV: Peugeot 2008

Peugeot 2008 best urban SUV 2021

Peugeot’s second winner, the 2008, is a stylish, cheap to run SUV, with impressive boot space. The 2008 has a striking front grille, horizontal bonnet, and raised ground clearance to enhance the modern and sharp design.

Available in petrol, diesel and electric forms, the 2008 is an SUV that gives you the freedom to choose.

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Best medium SUV: Land Rover Defender

Land Rover Defender best mediu SUV 2021

Often trending on our website with lease deals floating around £450 per month, the Land Rover Defender has been crowned as the best medium SUV according to this year’s WWCOTY panel.

Gone are the compromises of the old car, but the character has (mostly) been preserved. Even outside of that, the Defender is a practical family bus, an unparalleled off-roader and a comfortable long-distance cruiser.

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Best large SUV: Kia Sorento

Kia Sorento best large SUV 2021

No doubt one of the biggest car to make the list, the Kia is renowned for quality, price, equipment and styling when it comes to their range and the Sorento is no exception.

The Sorento offers impressive practicality in a great-value package, a classy interior and a generous amount of equipment too. On top of this, the added size has provided drivers and passengers with bigger head and legroom along with more boot space for trips away… Covid-19 permitting.

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Best 4x4 and pick-up: Ford F-150

Ford F-150 best 4x4 2021

The gigantic Ford F-150 has taken, by force, the best 4x4 pick-up award. I mean, who’s going to stop it? The Ford F-150 is one of the most popular vehicles in America and it’s clear to see why. With a recent redesign for the US market with a new hybrid version, the inclusion of an onboard generator and an all-new interior, the F-150 is the mother of all trucks.

Although not available in the UK, why not compare our best 4x4s you can lease.

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Best electric vehicle: Honda e

Honda e best electric car 2021

Are you watching Elon? The Honda e has won possibly one of the most important categories, the best electric car. Honda has hit the ball out of the park with the e, producing something that drives, handles and rides well, looks a million dollars and, crucially, is an appealing car in its own right.

The Honda e features a bank of screens showing every bit of infotainment data you could imagine, from maps and radio to energy efficiency and pictures of a forest. You can even have a fully animated digital aquarium…

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Overall best car of the year: Land Rover Defender

Land Rover Defender supreme winner 2021

And this year’s top winner is the Land Rover Defender,”says Marta Garcia, executive president of the Women’s World Car of the Year.

Who said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Well this iconic Defender certainly has learnt a few things – enough to win gold at this year’s Women’s World Car of the Year awards. The Defender truly has to be everything from a hardworking mud-plugger to a practical bus for the school run to a limousine for smart parties in the big city. And to a large extent, it succeeds.

“The voting was verified by Grant Thornton, from its office in Auckland (New Zealand). The firm has been certifying the results of the Women’s World Car of the Year since its inception in 2009. Paul Kane, a partner in the company, says it is always a hard-fought process.”

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