A group of highly respected female motoring journalists from all corners of the world – including South Africa – have named the world’s best cars. Some of their choices are somewhat surprising …

No, the best car in the world – according to women – is not a mom’s taxi

It’s not a station wagon nor is it a SUV. It’s not a particularly practical car either. According to the members of the Women’s World Car of The Year jury, the best car in the world – for 2017 – is the Hyundai Ioniq.

Hyundai Ioniq


Women’s Car of the Year – Supreme Winner, Hyundai Ioniq. Image credit: Women’s World Coty


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Never heard of it, you may be saying right now. That’s because it’s not available in South Africa, and a spokesman for Hyundai Automotive South Africa reports that there are no plans to bring the vehicle to this country.

However, as Anè Theron, motoring journalist at AutoTrader, notes, the Hyundai Ioniq is a truly revolutionary car. “The vehicle has been extremely well received in international markets, with many industry observers commenting that it offers the most compelling combination of decent range (200 km on a single charge) matched to a reasonable price-tag,” she reveals.

This is the first time that a decidedly ‘green’ car has won this sought-after accolade. It is a tangible indication that women are becoming increasing enamoured with environmentally friendly vehicles. “It should come as no surprise. In our dealings with female buyers, fuel economy is always tantamount – as are safety features,” advises Angelique Lynch, Marketing Director of AutoTrader.

The Ioniq, which also won the award for the Best Green Car, is but one of the winners in the 2017 Women’s World Car of The Year competition. The competition includes six other categories, with each car available to purchase in South Africa this year.

Some of the judges give their reasons for their choices:

Best Budget Car: Ford Fiesta


Ford Fiesta


According to Odiel Mennink, the WWCOTY judge from the Netherlands, the brand new Ford Fiesta is mature, looks tight and follows the latest fashion trends closely.

“The vehicle’s safety credentials are also important. Ford has improved the driving characteristics of the new Fiesta, for example, installing systems that make the car lean less over a winding road (thanks to its new anti-roll bar). Furthermore, thanks to the Electronic Torque Vectoring Control, the inner wheels brake in the bends for more grip and stability,” she tells All4Women.

This vehicle will be launched in South Africa in the second quarter of 2018.