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Australia's Best Cars


Australia's Best Cars, Australia's most comprehensive car awards program, is conducted by the NRMA and six other state auto clubs - RACV, RACQ, RAASA, RACWA, RACT and the AANT.

The 2016 Australia's Best Cars Awards winners have been announced, with a total of 15 cars judged to be the top in their respective categories in the country.

The awards are conducted by expert judges from auto clubs around Australia, with the NRMA represented by Motoring Content Editor Jaedene Hudson.

In addition to the 15 category winners, Australia's Best Cars also selects a Judges' Choice. This award recognises an affordable vehicle (priced under the luxury car tax threshold) that has made the greatest contribution to the Australian market or is deemed as a stand-out winner either through technology, safety, innovation or ability to meet or exceed consumer expectations. It must offer good fuel efficiency relative to its class and perform its intended function well.

In total, 165 cars were assessed this year and, of these, 45 finalists were chosen to undergo rigorous testing over five days.

The result is the nation's most comprehensive guide to buying the best new car. Whether you're looking for a micro city car, a sports car or a dual cab ute, Australia's Best Cars and the Best Cars website will help ensure you make an informed decision when you buy your next car.

And the 2016 Australia's Best Cars winners are...

2016 Judges' Choice

Mazda6 Touring

Best Micro Car

Kia Picanto

Suzuki Celerio
Nissan Micra ST

Best Light Car

Suzuki Baleno

Kia Rio S
Mazda2 Neo

Best Small Car under $35,000

Kia Cerato

Ford Focus Trend
Mazda 3 Maxx

Best Small Car over $35,000

BMW 125i Sportline


Volvo V40
Mercedes Benz A 180

Best Medium Car under $50,000

Mazda6 Touring

Subaru Liberty 2.5i Premium
Kia Optima GT

Best Medium Car over $50,000

BMW 330i

Mercedes-Benz C200
Jaguar XF 2.0T Prestige

Best Large Car under $70,000

Hyundai Genesis

Holden Commodore SV6
Lexus ES 300h

Best Family Wagon

Kia Carnival

Honda Odyssey Vti-L
Kia Sorento

Best Sports Car under $50,000

Ford Focus ST

Ford Fiesta ST
Renault Clio RS

Best Sports Car $50,000 - $100,000

BMW M240i

Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG
Ford Focus RS

Best 2WD SUV under $35,000

Mazda CX-3 Maxx

Honda HR-V VTI-S
Nissan Qashqai

Best AWD SUV under $50,000

Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium

Kia Sportage Platinum
Mazda CX-5 Maxx Sport

Best AWD SUV $50,000 - $65,000

Land Rover Discovery Sport TD4

Kia Sorento Platinum
Hyundai Santa Fe Highlander CRDi

Best AWD SUV $65,000 - $125,000

Mercedes-Benz GLC 250d

Volvo XC90 Inscription
Jaguar F-Pace R-Sport 30d

Best 4x4 Dual Cab Utes

Ford Ranger XLT 3.2

Toyota HiLux SR5
Holden Colorado LTZ

Australia's Best Cars
Australia's Best Cars is presented by the Australian Automobile Association, on behalf of Australia's Motoring Clubs - the NRMA, RACV, RACQ, RAASA, RACWA, RACT and the AANT.

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