Ferrari LaFerrari, 2013 Geneva Motor ShowEnlarge Photo
The study surveyed 2,000 drivers from the U.K. on a variety of factors relating to happiness behind the wheel, and the results may be a bit surprising. Overall, 69-percent of motorists claimed to enjoy driving, with only 20-percent viewing it only as a necessary evil.
Among all brands, BMW drivers were happiest, with 82-percent savoring the time spent in their vehicles. Aston Martin drivers were next-happiest (78-percent), followed by Lexus (also 78-percent), Seat (76-percent) and Peugeot (75-percent).
Ferrari drivers, surprisingly enough, scored below the average for driving enjoyment. Only 57-percent of those surveyed found driving to be an entertaining task, likely due to factors such as cost of ownership, ever-tightening regulations and traffic congestion on public roads.
MINI drivers are 73-percent happy, putting the brand on par with Seat and Peugeot. That seems to back up our theory that driving a slow car fast is far more entertaining than driving a fast car slow.
In fact, our vision of heaven involves a Mazda MX-5 with a bottomless fuel tank on an endless, winding road. Hell, to us, would be an eternity spent behind the wheel of a Ferrari F40, stuck behind a gaggle of Toyota Camrys circulating the Nürburgring Nordschleife at a maximum speed of 40 mph.