Men’s and women’s car choices revealed has risked the ire of women drivers by declaring the likes of the Volkswagen Beetle, which comes equipped with dashboard flower and vase combination, and the Fiat 500C, which comes with a garish pink option, as the cars most likely to be driven by women.

Amongst the usual drop-tops and small run-arounds, women’s cars also included the Ford Ka in both city car and convertible form, the Peugeot 207 and even a Mini Cabriolet.

Completing the stereotype, the research showed cars such as Land Rovers, turbocharged Jaguars such as the XJR and Ferraris are more likely to be driven by men.

However, more telling results show the Ford Fiesta is the most popular car with under 25s in the UK.

In particular, the Ford Fiesta Zetec specification, which is a middle-of-the-range trim level, is the most popular choice because of its blend of equipment matched with a starting price of just £12,345.

The Ford Fiesta Zetec comes with a good level of equipment including chrome-highlighted front fog lights, more chrome highlighting for the bumpers and grille, air conditioning, radio/CD player and Ford’s refuelling system, which prevents the wrong type of fuel being used.

The Ford Fiesta Zetec also comes with impressive running costs. Available with a choice of 1.4-litre petrol, 1.6-litre petrol and 1.4-litre or 1.6-litre diesel engines, CO2 emissions are as low as 95g/km.

This, courtesy of the 1.6-litre diesel, means the Ford Fiesta Zetec offers free road tax in the UK and with combined fuel economy of up to 78.5mpg, is one of the most fuel-efficient models on the road today.

The Ford Fiesta is the best-selling car in the UK and the Zetec specification is the most popular trim – and it remains a popular choice with both men and women drivers at UK Ford dealerships.