Small Still Big With Women Drivers, Says Confused.com

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Small cars are still overwhelmingly the top choice for women drivers according to findings from Confused.com.

Research from the car insurance comparison site, Confused.com, found that of the ten most popular motors quoted for by women, nine were small cars, whereas for men, only half of their top ten insurance queries applied to vehicles in that same category.

Ford came out top with both sexes, with women preferring the petite Ka and men opting for the roomier Focus. The Focus was also the only car in the mid-size category to make it into the women's top ten.

Other small cars to hit it big with women included the Peugeot 206, Vauxhall Corsa, Renault Clio, Ford Fiesta, and the stylish Mini Cooper.

Men, on the other hand, went for some high-performance models: the sleek Honda Civic Type-R in fifth place, and boy-racer favourites the grunty Subaru Impreza WRX and Turbo 2000 4WD in ninth and tenth place.

However, men paid the price for these macho motors. For example, a 30 year old man living in Cardiff and working in local government would pay £544.62* a year on car insurance for the Subaru Impreza Turbo 2000 (10th most popular car for men). However, a woman with the same details would pay only £161.56* for motor insurance on a Vauxhall Corsa (the 10th most popular women's' car) - a saving of over £380.

And the savings don't stop there. Sticking with the above example, the Corsa returns combined mileage of around 50 mpg, whereas the Impreza Turbo 2000 will give you 30 mpg at a push. Over the course of a year, that could mean topping up the thirstier Subaru with an extra 600 litres of petrol (based on 10,000 miles a year), meaning that a woman could save about £675 annually with a Corsa, based on today's petrol prices.

So although smaller, less powerful motors may be the slowest at pulling away from the traffic lights, women could be the financial winners thanks to the significant savings on petrol and car insurance that can come from driving a smaller set of wheels.

*Quotes retrieved August 2008. Quoted for: voluntary excess £150; no offences or accidents in last 5 years; 5 years NCB. Data
provided by Confused.com.

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For further information please contact:
Caroline Spindlove                                
Confused.com                        
02920 434 398

Gug Kyriacou/ Joanna Harte                
Polhill Communications            
020 7655 0550

About Confused.com:
Confused.com is one of the UK's biggest price comparison services. Launched in 2002, it has expanded its range of comparison products over the last couple of years to include home insurance, travel insurance, pet insurance, van insurance, motorbike insurance, breakdown cover and energy, as well as financial services products including credit cards, loans, mortgages and life insurance.

Confused.com has over 70 motor insurers, and customers can save up to on average £208. It also has a panel of over 50 home insurers, and customers who use Confused.com for home insurance can expect to save up to £193.

Confused.com is not a supplier, insurance company or broker. It provides a free, objective and unbiased comparison service. By using cutting-edge technology, it has developed a series of intelligent web-based solutions that evaluate a number of risk factors to help customers with their decision-making, subsequently finding them great deals on a wide-range of insurance products, financial services, utilities and more. Confused.com's service is based on the most up-to-date information provided by UK suppliers and industry regulators.

Confused.com is owned by the Admiral Group plc. Admiral listed on the London Stock Exchange in September 2004. Confused.com is regulated by the FSA.

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