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Australia's Best Cars finalists announced

Author: Trent NikolicDate: 18 October 2013
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The annual Best Cars awards covers 15 categories, including Light, Small, Medium, Large and SUV. This year, dual cab utes also joined the judging for the first time. The field included vehicles that cost less than $20,000 right up to vehicles costing more than $130,000 and everything in between. This year, judges assessed petrol, diesel, turbo charged and hybrid drive trains across the 15 categories.

 

Australian Automotive Association chief executive Andrew McKellar is keen to remind members that the awards represent a comprehensive insight into the new car market and can be used as a guide when buying a new vehicle. "The finalists are the very best cars in their respective categories based on safety, value for money and performance," he said. "Purchasing a new car is a major and difficult decision, and our rigorous testing process allows the motoring clubs to offer independent and thorough information to consumers on all of the 210 models assessed."

 

UPDATE: Full list of Australia's Best Cars 2013 winners

Australian motorists have a wide range of choice in the new car market and never have manufacturers competed harder for the affection of the buying public than right now. "With more than 100 vehicles in the ultra-competitive light/small car segments and 53 vehicles in the SUV categories, making an informed decision can be intimidating," Australia's Best Cars chief judge Mark Borlace said.

 

Part of the year-long assessment process included five days of intensive evaluation of the finalists at the Australian Automotive Research Centre in Victoria by 12 judges from the motoring clubs across Australia. These experienced judges have acknowledged skills in automotive engineering, vehicle testing and motoring advocacy.

The winners will be announced in November at a national event in Melbourne. The results will be made available by the motoring clubs and on the Australia's Best Cars website.

 

Find out information on previous Australia's Best Cars winners.

 

Read more: Behind-the-scenes of Australia's Best Cars

 

 
Category Finalists in alphabetical order
Best Light Car Ford
Fiesta Ambiente
Hyundai
Accent Active
Renault
Clio Expression TCe 120
Best Small Car under $35k Hyundai
i30 Active
Kia
Cerato Si
Volkswagen
Golf 90TSI Comfortline
Best Small over $35k Audi
A3 Sportback 1.4 TFSI COD
BMW
116i
Mercedes-Benz
A 180
Best Medium Car under $50k Mazda
Mazda6 Touring
Toyota
Camry Hybrid H
Volkswagen
Jetta 118TSI
Best Medium Car over $50k BMW
320i
Lexus
IS 300h
Mercedes-Benz
C 250 Avantgarde
Best Large Car under $60k Holden
Commodore SV6
Peugeot
508 Allure HDi
Toyota
Aurion AT-X
Best Large Car over $60k Lexus
GS 350 F Sport
Lexus
GS 450h
Mercedes-Benz
E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid
Best People Mover Hyundai iMax (diesel) Peugeot 5008 Active 1.6T Toyota Prius V
Best Sports Car under $50k Ford
Fiesta ST
Ford
Focus ST
Volkswagen
Golf GTI
Best Sports Car $50 - $100k BMW
M135i
Mercedes-Benz
A 250 Sport
Mercedes-Benz
A 45 AMG
Best SUV under $45k Kia
Sportage Platinum 4WD (diesel)
Mazda
CX-5 2.5L Maxx Sport AWD
Subaru
Forester 2.5i
Best SUV $45k - $65k Ford
Territory TX RWD (diesel)
Hyundai
Santa Fe Highlander (diesel)
Kia
Sorento Platinum 4WD (diesel)
Best Luxury SUV over $65k Mercedes-Benz
ML 350 BlueTEC (diesel)
Range Rover Sport
TDV6 SE (diesel)
Volkswagen
Touareg V6 TDI (diesel)
Best All Terrain 4WD under $100k Jeep
Grand Cherokee Laredo (diesel)
Land Rover
Discovery 4 TDV6 (diesel)
Toyota
Prado GXL (diesel)
Best 4x4 Dual Cab Ute Ford
Ranger XL (diesel)
Mazda
BT-50 XTR (diesel)
Volkswagen
Amarok Highline TDI420 (diesel)
 

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