What is the perfect first car for a young Nigerian career woman, and why?


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It is plain and evident that in recent times more women have taken to the purchase of automobiles which were predominantly bought and driven by men in a not too distant era. Since women are now buying cars themselves, what would be the perfect first car for a young career woman?


Women are busy, busy these days. A good car helps

History of women in automobiles

Formerly, in the past women depended on a male figure to take them from point A to point B, as driving was seen as an activity which was designed for and also enjoyed by men alone. Of course, a lot has changed now.

These days, Nigerian women as well as women all over the world drive some of the best cars in the automobile market. This wasn't always so, as women in many areas of the world were once banned from driving cars in public areas. The recent unbanning of women from driving in some countries makes this a much more inclusive global activity.

Up until the year 2018, it would surprise you to know that Saudi Arabian women were actually banned from driving any sort of vehicle. This didn't sit well with these women though, as campaigns were held by these female activists with the aim of opposing the government in power and coercing a change in the law which gave the men of Saudi Arabia more rights than them in this regard.

The Nigerian born Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti became the first Nigerian woman to drive a car only after extensive advocacy of women's rights. This came about by demanding better representation of women in local governing bodies. This goes to show how far women have gone and what they have had to overcome in order to break the inequality barrier pertaining to the rights to own, drive, and also manage an automobile.


Funmilayo Ransom Kuti led the female driving race

What is the importance of a car to women today?

Before we get to answering the principal question at hand, we first need to look at things from the perspective of a woman, especially a career woman. A woman with a job that requires her to go to and fro, from her home to her place of work. In order to save on the costs of everyday transportation using a taxi in Nigeria, it makes great sense to own and use one’s personal commute car for the required daily commute.

Therefore, choosing the ideal or perfect car should be of paramount importance to the prospective buyer. In choosing this ideal car, especially for a first-time car owner or beginner driver who intends to also make use of this aforementioned vehicle for work-related purposes, a question needs to be answered:

What is a Nigerian professional woman looking for in a car?

In a male-dominated business world in Nigeria, nothing creates a better first impression than the dress a woman wears and the car she rides. There are different criteria a woman must be focused on before deciding on her ideal career vehicle:

  • Car size

  • Car prestige

  • Car versatility

  • Car price

  • Car style

Car size: since Nigerian roads are very rough, going for a small to medium-sized female-friendly Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) or Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV) with enough room, will certainly add positively to the daily hustle of a professional woman in Nigeria.

Car prestige: As a career woman, an accomplished, reputable, or sophisticated vehicle surrounds you with an aura of success which gives you such confidence that puts your environment in no doubt.

Car versatility: Some versatile vehicles have loads of cargo space, while others are super fuel-efficient, enabling the sort of freedom that comes with bypassing the gas station more often than not.

Car affordability: Depending on cash buoyancy, cheaper fuel economy cars with low maintenance and high fuel economy ratings are recommended. 

Car style: Women are of course more fashion-conscious than men. While for men, issues of color and finishing in a car may be secondary, for a woman, they often come even before car performance. Both exterior and interior style really contribute a lot to a woman’s ultimate choice. 

Best first car for a young Nigerian career woman

Here we shall look at some of the best cars, either new or fairly used, befitting Nigerian businesswomen.

1. Mercedes Benz ML 4Matic

This is a terrifically refined and impressive economical vehicle. It is roomy, drives well both on and off-road, and is also big on safety tech. This car offers a nice balance between power and fuel economy as it affords a luxury ride without being too harsh on the pocket.


The Mercedes Benz ML 4matik, a cool machine for that first car experience

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2. The Honda CR-V

It is one of the most sought-after vehicles in Nigeria, and it also gets much love from women as it is easy to drive with lots of room for its size and has good mileage too.

The latest ones show an improvement on the earlier models of Honda CR-V in terms of interior, cargo space, ride quality and standard-equipment list. All of these keep it atop women car shoppers’ list.


This car never goes out of style for women, the Honda CR-V

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3. BMW X1

The BMW X1 offers a practical package that is loved by so many women plus it is also really fun to drive with its sporting exterior demeanor. It is perfect for those women who love the blend of the practical and performance that it can provide. It is also very stylish, something, as earlier observed, women value far more than men, in terms of cars.


Beauty and performance are married in the BMW X1

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4. Audi Q7

The Audi Q7 utilizes a modified version of the Volkswagen Group PL71 platform. Previewed by the Audi Pikes Peak Quattro concept car, the Q7 is designed more for on-road use and was not meant for serious off-road use. It is a spacious car for both family use and more business-related purposes as it is spacious both in front and in the rear. 

Big changes came under the bonnet, where Audi is offering a 3.0L TFSI supercharged V6 (with start-stop technology) lifted from the Audi S4, so the smooth engine performance is lovable.


Wow, this powerhouse is still ideal for the gals cos of its sleek, smallish design

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5. Range Rover Sport

Women love Range Rover Sport for these reasons – they are expensive off-road capable vehicles designed to induce swoon, which is why men also aspire to own them. It’s voted “most desirable SUV” in women’s car of the year competition in 2014. Agility isn’t normally a word used when the subject is a 2.5-ton luxury SUV—but the Range Rover Sport blends enthusiasm with legendary off-road prowess.

This is a car that will definitely draw the crowd to you and command the respect of colleagues at your workplace. It is safe to say it is really one of the best luxury cars around today.


Off-road, on-road, name it, the Range Rover Sport gat you covered

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6. Lexus RX 330 – 350

The Lexus Rx evolution in Nigeria has been rapid. So many people I've come across have described the Lexus RX 330 – 350 as a woman’s car. It's also been observed that women are seen on the road more driving an RX. So, the new crossover has earned the love of many loyal women around the world.

When your preference is low fuel consumption – the Lexus RX350 becomes the best option, both for business purposes and city outings. Just keep in mind that Lexus RX 350 is a luxury car and demands the appropriate care and respect.

Lexus-RX-330 –350

Rapidly one of Nigeria's most popular SUVs series, the Lexus RX 330 – 350

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Women are more efficient minded instead of technical, unlike their male counterparts, so they exhibit different behavior when selecting a car type in terms of the class, style, and the previously mentioned size.

For a Nigerian businesswoman also, the superiority of these cars is not to be taken lightly as it emboldens her in carrying out her day to day job activities without inferiority and self-doubt. Remember, even a used car can be bought if a brand new model is not affordable. No doubt, the perfect first car for a young career woman can surely be sourced from the list above.

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Joshua-Philip Okeafor

Joshua-Philip Okeafor

Car buying & selling

Joshua, or KK as friends call him, is a Filmmaker, Writer and Director. A Christian, Joshua is a product of Nigeria’s foremost film school, the National Film Institute, Jos, where he majored in Writing/Directing. Joshua began his writing career at age 18 when an older brother gave him a four page outline of a children novel. Joshua intends to keep writing and directing. His screen name is sometimes Joshua Kalu Ephraim (Writing), and sometimes Joshua KK (directing).

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