And the least appealing car is…

She won't be impressed when you invite her to tour your estate, apparently... (Credit: Peugeot)
She won't be impressed when you invite her to tour your estate, apparently... (Credit: Peugeot)

Want to make a good impression on the opposite sex? Then a station wagon is the last thing you want to drive, according to a study by car-rental firm Europcar.

The UK-based survey found that the station wagon or estate car might be practical for moving stuff around, but it is the worst choice to create a lasting impression on a first date.

Just one percent of respondents to the Europcar research said they would choose an estate car when hiring for a special day, with women put off by the practicality of estates.

Unsurprisingly, prestige models like those from Mercedes-Benz topped the list of car that make the best impression, at 32 percent. Sports cars and coupes also made them a top choice to impress for more than one-in-five motorists.

Looks like someone is getting some tonight (Credit: Europcar)
Looks like someone is getting some tonight (Credit: Europcar)

Men and women showed some differences in their preferences, as well. More than one-in-four women prefer the space and celeb appeal of a limo, whilst a quarter of men opt for the cool factor of a sports car.

Rather helpfully, Europcar says its fleet offers sporty, luxurious cars like the Audi TT or Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

The company does point out, though, that its research shows that cars are not everything. 49 percent of all respondents admitted that the first thing they usually notice about someone on a first date is their smile.

“Although we make judgements about people every day, this is magnified on a first date” says Ken McCall, managing director of Europcar UK. “But our research suggests that a winning smile and a set of Prestige wheels with wow factor could make sure there’s a good chance of a second date!"

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