Finalists of Australia's Best Cars awards announced

Monday 10 November 2014

Article by Rebeccah Elley

If you’re looking for some new wheels, check out the 45 finalists of the 2014 Australia's Best Cars awards, as chosen by Australia's motoring club experts after an intensive week of back-to-back testing.

Australia's Best Cars awards 2014

220 cars in 15 categories ranging from micro cars under $15,000 to large four-wheel-drive vehicles for more than $120,000 were put to the test with three finalists selected for each category.

Australian Automobile Association chief executive Andrew McKellar described purchasing a new car as a major decision and that the assessment will make it a little easier for the consumer.

“The program is Australia’s most independent evaluation of value for money, design and function and on road performance of new vehicles,” said McKellar.

With the number of Australians purchasing smaller cars increasing, a Micro car category was introduced to the awards this year. Other changes included People Movers to Family Wagons and a revamp of the SUV and 4WD categories.

“These changes have been made to ensure the program reflects changing preferences in the new-car marketplace,” McKellar said.

Australia's Best Cars chief judge Mark Borlace said their research into each car will give consumers “all the information they need to compare against their personal criteria and make the process of buying a new car less intimidating.”

The winners will be announced at a national event in Brisbane on 25th November. Mozo advises Aussies in the market for a new car to always search for a competitive car loan deal.

Here's a rundown of the finalists of Australia's Best Cars awards:

Finalists

MICRO CAR

Holden Barina Spark CD

Mitsubishi Mirage ES

Nissan Micra ST

LIGHT CAR

Honda Jazz VTI

Renault Clio Expression TCe 120

Volkswagen Polo 66TSI Trendline

SMALL CAR

< $35K

Hyundai i30 Active

Mazda3 Maxx

Volkswagen Golf 90TSI Comfortline

SMALL CAR

> $35K

Audi A3 Sportback 1.4 TFSI CoD

BMW 116i

Mercedes Benz A180

MEDIUM CAR

< $50K

Mazda6 Touring

Skoda Octavia Ambition Plus 103TSI

Toyota Camry H

MEDIUM CAR

> $50K

BMW 320i

Lexus IS300h

Mercedes Benz C200

LARGE CAR

< $70K

Holden Commodore SV6

Hyundai Genesis

Skoda Superb 125 TDI Elegance

FAMILY WAGON

Citroen Grand C4 Picasso

Honda Odyssey VTI-L

Kia Sorento Si 2WD

SPORTS CAR

< $50K

Renault Megane R.S. 265

Skoda Octavia RS162

Volkswagen Golf GTI

SPORTS CAR

$50K - $100K

Audi S3

Mercedes Benz A 45 AMG

Volkswagen Golf R

SMALL 2WD SUV

< $35K

Ford Ecosport Trend

Nissan Juke ST

Nissan Qashqai ST

AWD SUV

< $45K

Kia Sportage Platinum

Mazda CX-5 Maxx Sport

Subaru Forester 2.5i

AWD SUV

$45K - $65K

Hyundai Santa Fe Highlander

Kia Sorento Platinum

Volkswagen Passat Alltrack

AWD SUV

$65K - $125K

Land Rover Discovery 4 TDV6

Range Rover Sport SDV6 SE

Volkswagen Touareg V6 TDI

4X4 DUAL CAB UTE

Ford Ranger XLT

Mazda BT-50 XTR

Volkswagen Amarok Highline TDI420





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