Best Cars Named After Animals

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You wouldn’t be the first person in the world to choose a car because it had a cool name, and let’s be honest, animals have cool names.

Aligators, snakes, big cats and even a cross between a tiger and an iguana (we’re not sure how ethical that last one is). But anyway, back to the point – there are some great cars named after animals. And seen as though it’s International Tiger Day today (29 July), we thought we’d run you through some of our favourite animal-themed cars.



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1. Volkswagen Tiguan

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan

Okay, you might be thinking, ‘What on God’s name is a Tiguan?’, but bear with us – and Volkswagen – on this one.

You see, the German manufacturer named the Tiguan after both the tiger and the iguana. While this doesn’t sound awfully creative, it speaks for itself because it went on to win a naming contest by German car magazine Auto Bild.

The car speaks for itself too, having outsold the hugely popular Golf and Polo hatchbacks in 2019. It also had a stellar year in 2020 in which 590,000 units were sold. In fact, it’s the brand’s best-selling model worldwide, mainly thanks to its incredible spaciousness, strong engine range and brilliant flexibility which will suit most families.

We don’t think that it resembles a tiger or an iguana the least bit, but you can make your own mind up about that one. However, it does have a few cool features as standard.


Cool features of the Volkswagen Tiguan

  • Start/stop system with regenerative braking
  • Distance control assist
  • Premium 8.0in multifunction infotainment display
  • 40/20/40 split folding rear seats
  • Pedestrian monitoring system

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2. Ford Puma

2021 Ford Puma

Pumas are incredibly athletic big cats that are somewhat solitary and do their own thing.

It might not come as a surprise then that the Ford Puma has followed a similar evolutionary path to the animal with which it shares its name. The first generation Puma (1997-2002) began as a subcompact sports car, but grew up to become a sporty crossover when it was re-introduced in 2019.

A triumphant return saw it win prestigious awards such as the What Car? Small SUV of the year crown in the latest edition of the awards.

Being far quicker than other small SUVs like the Nissan Juke or Volkswagen T-Roc, the Puma quickly established itself as a fun-to-drive family car. One could say that it ‘preyed’ on the competition.


The Ford Puma has a few neat tricks up its sleeve that allow it to take on much bigger rivals, exactly like its animal counterpart.


Cool features of the Ford Puma

  • Wireless phone charging pad
  • Cornering lights
  • Lane-keeping and -departure assistance
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • 8.0in infotainment touchscreen with satnav and voice controls

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3. Seat Leon

2021 Seat Leon

For those of you who aren’t entirely clued up on your Spanish, the word ‘Leon’ translates to ‘lion’. And how can we not include ‘The King of The Jungle’ in our list of cars named after animals?

Don’t be fooled though, we’re not just lumping the Seat Leon for the sake of this alone. It’s actually a fantastic hatch and has been their best-selling model for a while now.

The latest generation of the Leon lives up to its reputation too, having been voted the Best Family Car 2021 in the latest edition of the What Car? awards.

Just like a lion, the aptly-named Seat Leon comes in different shapes and sizes. Choose either a hatchback or estate body, the latter of which has plenty of extra legroom and space for taller passengers, plus a whopping 620-litre boot space. Meanwhile, the hatchback version of the Leon isn’t a tiny thing either, bettering its huge Skoda Octavia rival.


Here are some great features of the Seat Leon which you can get as standard.


Cool features of the Seat Leon

  • Start/stop system with regenerative braking
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Lane assist
  • Chrome interior detailing
  • Full link smartphone integration with Mirror Link, wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto

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4. Ford Mustang

2021 Ford Mustang

A true muscle car and an absolute motoring icon worldwide, the name ‘Mustang‘ has become synonymous with Ford’s coolest model.

There is a slight irony in the connection between the Ford Mustang and the horse which it is named after. The latter tends to be small and lightly built, while the car is anything but. However, both are American and the car’s modern depiction as representing freedom and the open road fits with the very nature of the Mustang itself. That is, it’s a free-roaming animal of Western America.

Everything about the Ford Mustang is exciting – from its signature 5.0-litre V8 engine producing 450-460bhp (depending on which spec you pick) and the incredible exhaust note which lets you know it’s arriving – to the surprisingly modern features that please the everyday driver. It’s hard not to love the Mustang whether you’re a hardcore driver-centric motorist or just someone looking for a thrilling sports car.


Cool features of the Ford Mustang

  • Signature “GT” badges and Mustang emblem
  • Brembo performance brakes
  • Launch Control
  • Electronic Line Lock
  • Ford Sync 3 with 8.0in colour touchscreen infotainment system

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