In other words, apart from the stereotypical Volvo station wagon or SUV, what understated luxury-mobile you think would represent a choice for a young female entrepreneur? We decided to have a go at answering this question and came up with five choices that are obviously not set in stone.
Just like men, women are likely more inclined to go for sportier or more luxurious cars when they start earning big, which is why there is probably no such thing as a “chick car.” In other words, if you're not a woman and like any of the following cars, you shouldn't feel left out.
2016 Volvo XC90
Up to seven passengers can travel in complete comfort and legendary Volvo safety with the new XC90, the Swedish engineers and designers in charge of the model couldn't have made things any better.
All-wheel-drive, impressive active and passive safety, a cozy interior and an exterior design augmented with “Thor's Hammer” headlights. If there is a large SUV cooler than the XC90 for a young female entrepreneur, we'd like to hear from it.
2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe
Nearly identical from the front and when it comes to the center console, the C-Class Coupe version takes that “Mercedes-Benz Sensual Purity” design language to a whole new level. Unlike its predecessor, which appeared as an afterthought when the C-Class W204 received its mid-cycle facelift, the new C-Class Coupe was designed from the ground up as a member of the C-Class family.
Sadly, this doesn't mean that the B-pillar has disappeared from view, but it does mean that the model's proportions are exactly what you would want from a two-door in this segment. Sure, it's not exactly a car to transport all your closest friends in, but the looks, technology and luxury more than make up for it. Compared to the S-Class Coupe, whose design inspired it, the C-Coupe doesn't cost an arm and a leg either.
2016 Audi A4
Even though from some angles the 2016 Audi A4 looks more like a facelift of its predecessor, the model is brand new form every single perspective. It rides on an entirely new platform, which uses more high-strength steel and aluminum to drop the overall weight considerably.
This makes the new A4 handle better, but it also makes it safer in the unfortunate case of a crash. Concerning active safety it's almost as good as a Tesla Model S, thanks to an optional semi-autonomous system. There is also a cornucopia of gizmos and gadgets inside if you tick the right boxes, while the understated exterior design will keep you out of the spotlight if you prefer it that way.
2016 Alfa Romeo 4C
Don't be afraid of its above-average performance numbers, though, because the 4C can be driven safely by anybody, and it should forgive any driving mistake at legal speeds. The twin-clutch automatic transmission means that you can't row your own, but it also means that you will not be bothered to press a clutch pedal when changing gears.
Apart from the 4.5-seconds required to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) from a stand still and impressive handling, the biggest reason to go for the lightest Alfa in the stable is probably its design. Alfas are usually preferred by males, mostly thanks to their sensual design, but that doesn't mean that the 4C won't be a sharp weapon in any female PR manager's arsenal.
2016 BMW i3
Any female Yuppie (Young, Urban Professional, for those who didn't grow up in the 1980s) knows that in this day and age, having an electric car that wears a premium badge is nothing to scoff at, on the contrary. Sure, unless you go for the i3 Rex, with a range-extending internal combustion engine, you will probably only be able to use it around town, but that doesn't make it any less cool.
The only electric BMW in the current lineup looks like nothing else on the road and has an interior so Scandinavian that makes even the XC90 red with envy. It probably won't help save the polar bears in the long run, but the BMW i3 is certainly much greener than a gas-guzzling SUV with a big engine – or what most corporate folks and entrepreneurs buy nowadays.