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Some cars for the ladies


TO CELEBRATE Women’s Month, we’ve come up with a list of cars for all the lovely ladies out there. This list was compiled to give the ladies more information on cars they might be interested in. We have big cars, small cars and cars with big boots for all that shopping. We have mixed it up. You can expect more of these throughout the month.

We’ll start off with the small cars, first. We thought these would appeal to you ladies:

Volkswagen Polo: Priced from R188 300 to  R247 800

Yes, it is common on our roads but the Volkswagen Polo is a good little car. It offers space and practicality. It can deal with the city life as well as out-of-town trips. The Volkswagen Polo is one of the world's best-selling supermini cars and it comes with an array of different engines to best suit your needs. In terms of powertrains, it features a new generation of TSI engines, with badges at the rear, another distinguishing feature of its design. The four-cylinder 1.2 TSI engines will be available with the power output range of 66kW and 81kW depending on the model chosen. Both the Comfort and Trendline get the 66kW version. The Highline and CrossPolo get the more powerful 81kW/175Nm version of the engine, which is said to use 5.1 litres/100km.

Audi A1: Priced from R 265 000 to R 390 000

The Audi A1 also takes a spot on our list because, well, it’s fabulous! It is sporty and premium with a touch of flair. This little fashion accessory is based on the same platform as the Polo but it offers exclusivity over the Polo. There are two new turbo petrol engines available. The first new motor is the 70kW/160Nm three-cylinder 1.0-litre turbo petrol, which replaces the 1.2-litre turbo in the outgoing model. Second up in the range is the 1.4 TFSI motor, which has 2kW more now for an output of 92kW/200Nm, while using 5.0 litres/100km. The top-of-the range 1.8-litre turbo replaces the 1.4-litre turbo/supercharged model and is a quick little car as it shares an engine with the new Polo GTI. With 141kW/250Nm on tap and the Stronic gearbox as standard, it goes from 0-100km/h in 6.8 seconds, while using a claimed 5.6 litres/100km.

Honda Jazz: Priced from R179 900 to R264 900

Now in its third-generation, the Jazz represents a significant step up from its highly successful and hugely popular, predecessor. This new Jazz combines Honda’s new striking design language with enhanced interior space as well as technological and economical features. The new Jazz line-up in South Africa consists of seven models spanning two engine derivatives, two transmissions and four specification level choices, meaning there’s literally a Jazz for everyone. Features such Bluetooth and airbags are standard across the range as well as a host of features. However, as you start moving higher up in the range, the features list expands.

The most affordable Jazz will be the 1.2 Trend with 66kW and 110Nm is offered with a manual gearbox. This is followed by the Jazz 1.2 Comfort, which is available with a choice of manual or CVT transmission. With the 1.5-litre engine producing 88kW/145Nm, there is a choice of four Jazz derivatives. The Jazz 1.5 Elegance can be ordered with either manual or CVT transmission, while the range-topping 1.5 Dynamic offers the same two transmission choices.

BMW Active 2 Series Tourer: Priced from R378 00 to R447 000

The Active 2 Series is a very accomplished Mercedes-Benz B-Class rival, which makes it an MPV. It’s pitched at a totally new market for the brand with hopes that existing BMW fans will also find it in-keeping with the marque’s values. The brand has been producing competent front-wheel-drive vehicles for over ten years with the Mini brand and it was only a matter of time before these filtered to BMW. Front-wheel-drive also offers numerous packaging advantages. There’s more space in the rear quarters and cargo area as a result. This means that the Active Tourer has 468 litres of boot space and 1 510 litres with the flexible rear seats folded down. Speaking of the seats, these can be moved back or forward, while also being flexible enough to offer several seating configurations, again, pointing to the lifestyle aspect of the vehicle.

The entry level model, which happens to be our pick of the bunch, is the brand’s superb new 100kW/220Nm 1.5-litre three-cylinder motor as seen in the Mini Cooper, which will be available in the 218i manual and six-speed automatic. The little motor is claimed to use just 5.1 litres/100km and be exempt from CO2 taxation.


Ford Kuga: Priced from R371 900 for the 1.5 EcoBoost Trend auto

For those ladies wanting a bit more road presence and SUV qualities, we recently drove the latest 1.5 EcoBoost Trend automatic, which has 132kW/240Nm on tap. It’s a very good engine and when combined with the automatic gearbox it makes for efficient cruising. At R371 900 for the model that we tested, you do get an impressive amount of kit as standard with the Sync infotainment system as standard, rear park assistance, 230V/150W power converted for electronic devices, seven airbags for a five-star safety rating and cruise control - to name a few.

The only options owners need to pay more for, are metallic paint and option packs such as the Driver Assistance pack (R15 450) for example, which includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Alert, City Stop, Lane Keep Aid and a blind-spot warning system.

Jeep Wrangler:

This one is for you ladies who like to get a little rough and dirty. The Jeep Wrangler delivers unmatched off-road capability with legendary four-wheel-drive and is produced with more than seven decades of 4x4 engineering experience behind it. Wrangler continues to offer a body-on-frame design, front and rear five-link suspension system, live axles and electronic lockers. Jeep Wrangler now offers a choice of two transmissions: a six-speed manual and a five-speed automatic gearbox.

Along with a new powertrain, Jeep engineers have thoroughly optimized ride and sound characteristics of the Jeep Wrangler's body-on-frame design. New motor and transmission adaptations and revised suspension calibrations contribute to overall improvements that are immediately evident both on and off-road. Sure, it might not be ideal for mall-hopping but the Jeep Wrangler will get you the respect that you deserve in traffic.


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