Cars women like to drive

What is it in a car that attracts women? Is it style? Is it comfort? Is it price? Or all of the above? We asked five women in the car industry for the motivation behind their choice…

Isuzu MU-X – adventure calls

Isuzu’s latest masterpiece is the MU-X, a full size 7-seater SUV trusted by modern families everywhere to get them where they need to go. Engineered to traverse the toughest of terrains, gracing the landscapes of Africa with presence and power. The Isuzu MU-X has a proven, proud history of performance behind it and an even longer road filled with adventure in front.

Mandi Thoresson on the Isuzu MU-X

What is it about the MU-X that appeals to you?
The exterior design and looks.. The MUX looks aggressive and strong. Most important the MUX was in my budget.

How does it drive?
With the bigger wheels an adventure on the 4×4 track is a breeze. The MU-X drive is so smooth its definitely build with quality.

Does it have enough space for your needs?
The MU-X has load of space. All 6 of my family members have more than enough space to sit comfortably.

Are you happy with the car’s luxury features and technology?
With leather upholstery, electrically adjustable driver’s seat, climate control and a touch screen system (ext). There’s just nothing more you can ask for.

Is it a safe car to drive?
Yes it is a very safe vehicle with ABS/EBD, stability control, hill descent, hill start assist and 6 airbags. That’s over and above the fact that the MU-X is incredibly reliable and stable on the road.

Specifications

Enigine
Isuzu Mu-X 3.0D 4×4 Automatic

Economy
7.9 L/100km

Transmission type
Automatic

Aftersales
Warranty 5 years/ 120 000km
Service plan. 5 years / 90 000km

The Kia Pegas – the space to move

Get used to modern design, leg-stretching comfort, and a bigger boot. The Pegas gives you the space you need for inspiring journeys. It boasts dynamic, modern lines and a sharp edged design. Simple never looked this good!

Corita van den Berg and the Kia Pegas

Why do you like the Pegas?
I love the Pegas because it’s stylish and spacious. No need to compromise style when you start a family.

How does it drive?
It’s powerful, fun, and efficient. Whether you take the 5-speed manual transmission or the 4-speed automatic; you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Does it have enough space for your needs?
As a woman always traveling with loads of luggage, there is more space for a comfortable ride. It has 475L of boot space. Which is handy when driving with passengers – and they still have plenty of room to stretch those legs.

Are you happy with the car’s luxury features and technology?
With a 7-Inch touch screen display audio, integrated rear-view camera, Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto compatibility- you have more than enough luxury to make every journey exciting.

Is it a safe car to drive?
The safety features on the Kia Pegas will give anyone driving this car, peace of mind. ISOFIX for families with children and a rear-view monitor for mom to reverse into those tight spots. Another exceptional feature is the 4-wheel disc brakes – making it easier to brake with more control.

Specifications

Engine
1.4 litre petrol (69kW/132Nm)

Transmission
5-speed manual

Economy
5.7-litres per 100km

Boot space
475 litres

Aftersales
5-year/Unlimited kilometre warranty, 4-year/60 000km service plan & 5-year/Unlimited kilometre roadside assistance.

All new FORD 1.5 FIGO Freestyle

The 1.5 Figo Freestyle latest editon to the FORD family is available in the Trend and Titanium range manual transmission only. On the Titanium this little city blaster also offer a reverse camera and reverse parking sensors! This is true value for money. The kinetic lines on the Freestyle gives it a sportier look.

Marina Roux on the Ford Figo Freestyle

Why do you like the Ford Figo Freestyle?
For the price, the Freestyle is one of the most affordable cars and offer so many safety features. Real value for money. Great for first-time buyers.

How does it drive?
This nippy little Freestyle can take you anywhere short or long trips and the comfort makes it a pleasurable experience!

Does it have enough space for your needs?
Don’t be fooled by the look as it seems to look small from the outside but once you get into the driver’s seat the spacious vehicle has more than enough room front and back. The rear seats can fold back should you need to load anything bigger than the boot space. Ford always thinks ahead.

Are you happy with the car’s luxury features and technology?
Yes. Ford is one of the trusted brands coming a long way. It has the latest technology and I do think the Freestyle ticks all the boxes.

Is it a safe car to drive?
Yes. The Intelligent Protection system uses sophisticated technology designed to help prevent accidents and protects you during an accident.

Specifications

Engine
1.5 petrol engine. 3 cylinder Naturally- aspirated engine

Transmission
6 Speed Manual

Economy
5.5 litre per 100km

Boot space
256L – Rear seats can also fold over in a 60/40 split should you need extra space

Aftersales
4 year 120 000km mechanical Warranty
4 year 60 000km Service Plan with 15 000km intervals or annually
3 Year unlimited road side assistance
5 Year unlimited Corrosion Warranty

The Volkswagen T-Roc – the drive to defy

Its sporty, modern exterior ushers in a new era of Volkswagen style, where the practicality of a SUV combined with the agility of a sports model, creates something extraordinary. With two models available, the self-assured T-Roc stands out from the crowd with its bold design and customisable options. Choose from a variety of exterior and interior options to design a T-Roc that is uniquely you. Next-level functionality and unrivalled attention to detail places the T-Roc in a league of its own, so that you can rule the road in style.

Lucell Brown says why she loves the Volkswagen T-Roc

Why do you like the T-Roc?
Makes me think of a sexy Golf but with elegance and professionalism. It has great proportions and a confident stance. It feels big from inside the cabin, with a big car feeling. As a businesswoman I get a very ‘businessy’ feeling with the typical Volkswagen design language.

How does it drive?
It’s a very smooth drive, I feel safe in it. With the 7-speed DSG gearbox, you don’t even feel or hear it changing gears. Lots of power with a sport mode option for even more power. Very easy to handle. The fuel consumption is also very good.

Does it have enough space for your needs?
Yes, it is very practical with enough storage space across the cabin. You can sit in a very comfortable position anywhere in the car. Even the boot has a good amount of space.

Are you happy with the car’s luxury features and technology?
Yes. It has a multi-function steering wheel, wireless charging, and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Very easy to use. I use my google maps with ease. Comes with Android Auto and Apple car play.
You can do everything from your touched-based control steering wheel.

Is it a safe car to drive?
Yes, a direct steering feeling with fantastic brakes. I always look at a vehicle’s Euro Ncap rating. The T-Roc earned a full five-star rating. I’m planning to start a family soon and child occupant safety is very important to me. I really do feel safe in the T-Roc. The electronic stability control improves my vehicle’s stability. I have brilliant visibility! Feel good, feel safe car!

Specifications

Engine
2.0 TSI 140kw R-line 4 motion

Transmission
7speed DSG

Economy
5.9 litre per 100km

Boot space
445 litre

Aftersales
Warranty 3 years 120 000 km
Service plan 5 years 90 000 km

Nissan Navara – Live life without limits

The new Nissan Navara has upped the ante in ruggedness, style, safety, comfort and driving pleasure while remaining true to its heritage of durability, reliability, versatility, and fuel efficiency. And the complete confidence of knowing that whatever you want to do, wherever you want to go, you can count on the new locally produced Nissan Navara to take you there.

Sandra Potgieter on the Nissan Navara

Why do you like the Navara?
Bakkies are usually just work-horses but the Navara has so much style, features and class. From the outside, it has a tough look, but from the inside it feels like a posh SUV!

How does it drive?
It is so comfortable and easy to drive. You normally feel like you have to be super careful driving a bakkie but with blindspot warning and 360 ˚ around view camera, the Navara keeps you safe! The 6-speed manual is such a smooth gearbox but the 7-speed automatic is next level.

Does it have enough space for your needs?
Of course. The Nissan Navara with its four-wheel-drive, room for 5 and literally a ton of stuff, even costs less than most SUVs. Except for the load that can go on the bin it has generous door bins that accommodate large bottles, a deep centre console bin, two cupholders and a small tray just ahead of the shifter for wallets or phones.

Are you happy with the car’s luxury features and technology?
How can I not be? Nissan really packed the PRO-4X and PRO-2X models with a barrage of features: Auto LED headlamps with follow me home, rain-sensing wipers, 12V socket in the bin, full leather interior, 8-inch colour display and SAT NAV, to name but a few.

Is it a safe car to drive?
The 2021 Nissan Navara wears a proud five-star ANCAP safety rating. Standard safety features include AEB, hill-start assist, cruise control, seven airbags, automatic headlights and trailer-sway control. I feel extra safe driving the Navara because of its height from the ground. When you sit in the Navara, so high from the ground, with your hands on the quality leather steering wheel and so many safety features to assist you, you can’t imagine ever driving anything else.

Specifications

Engine
2.5DDTI High output 140kw/450NM

Transmission
7speed Automatic

Boot space
Maximum loading capacity
1086 kg

Aftersales
6 years/150000km warranty
6years/90000km service plan