Most Read Stories of 2013 ……..

reading2From reviews of “boutique” cars to tips on how to cope with sizzling weather, you read a lot on WheelsforWomen in 2013. Here are the Top five car reviews, features and driving tips of the year based on page views.

Our top five Car reviews

1. Opel ADAM Glam 1.4i
Opel’s “boutique” rival for the Mini and Citroen DS3, the ADAM, is certainly striking but is it a case of style over substance? We find out

2. Mercedes-Benz E 250 CDI Elegance
For 2013 the E-Class has been to boot camp; it is now trimmer, lighter, more efficient and generally a lot more appealing

3. BMW X5 M50d
We went to Goodwood Estate in the UK, the home of the Festival of Speed, to try out the new BMW X5

4. Kia Carens v Peugeot 5008 v Toyota Verso
At the heart of a good MPV is a simple design brief; it needs to be fun to drive and cope with the demands of family life. We tested three new arrivals the Kia Carens, Peugeot 5008 and Toyota’s Verso

5. Peugeot 208 GTi Versus Ford Fiesta ST
We road test two of the most exciting new hot hatches – the Ford Fiesta ST and the Peugeot 208 GTi


Our Top five features

1. Budget tyres or premium brands: Does it really matter?
What really is the difference in performance between budget and premium tyres, and in tyres of different depths? Geraldine Herbert went to Hanover to find out

2. Reinventing the ŠKODA brand image
ŠKODA was a brand that faced enormous prejudice. How did the Czech carmaker turn it all around?

3. When Laura met Ignis…
Laura Keane’s got herself a new car …… and it’s yellow!!

4. Family Cars and Sheep
Sinead Canny-Ruddy, ‘Young’ mother of Annie, wife of Dickie, rally driver, car mad with a bag and shoe obsession looked at family cars

5. Female Celebrities who endorse Cars
Russian tennis star, Maria Sharapova, has recently been revealed as a brand ambassador for Porsche. We look at some other famous ladies who have hooked up with carmakers to promote the brand.


Our top five Tips & Advice

1. Off-Road Declarations
New measures have been introduced to clamp down on Motor Tax evasion and drivers now have to declare cars as ‘off road the road’ before tax runs out writes Suzanne Keane

2. Heat wave driving tips
In summer time it sizzled and we had ten tips to help ensure that you and your car survive even the hottest driving conditions.

3. Work out your Actual Fuel Consumption
Have you ever actually worked out how much a journey would cost? Or how many €’s you spend a week on unnecessary trips? Suzanne Keane offers some tips for working out your actual fuel consumption

4. How to test drive a car
So you think you have found the perfect car but does it really fit with your needs? Geraldine Herbert explains how to test drive a car

5. How to import a used car from the UK
Importing a car from the UK can mean serious savings if you do your research. Laura Keane guides you through some easy step


What was your most memorable and are you surprised a certain story made the top 5 or didn’t make the top 5?

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Geraldine Herbert

18th December, 2013


Author: Geraldine Herbert

Motoring Editor and Columnist for the Sunday Independent and editor of wheelsforwomen. Geraldine is also a regular contributor to Good Housekeeping (UK), EuroNews and to RTÉ, Newstalk, TodayFM, BBC Radio and Vigin Media. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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