RACV has revealed the nation’s 13 best cars for 2019 to help potential buyers determine the right vehicle to suit their needs, budget and lifestyle.
The Australia’s Best Cars program takes some of the legwork out of the process of purchasing a new car by assessing the top-selling new vehicles against consumer-focussed criteria, like value for money, design and function and on-road performance.
Rigorously assessed throughout the year and culminating in weeklong testing at the Australian Automotive Research Centre near Anglesea, the expert judges put the vehicles through their paces in a variety of settings and driving environments, regardless of weather conditions.
RACV Senior Motoring Journalist Tim Nicholson - one of the eight judges involved in the testing process - said Australia’s Best Cars helps take the guesswork out of buying a new vehicle.
“Purchasing a new car is one of the biggest decisions people make, as it’s often heavily influenced by a number of competing factors like price, taste, and lifestyle needs. My fellow judges and I always keep these factors top of mind when we test, score and deliver our verdicts,” Mr Nicholson said.
Australia’s Best Cars differs from other awards programs that focus on vehicles released in the past 12 months. Instead, it assesses all the current top-selling models available in new-car showrooms, regardless of the year they went on sale.
Judges scored each vehicle across 21 key areas including pricing, depreciation, fuel consumption, standard features, safety and practicality, as well as running and repair costs.
Using a comprehensive scoring system, the field is narrowed down to three or four finalists in each of the thirteen classes, ready for a final back-to-back comparison test.
“The 2019 results highlight the current strength of Toyota’s product and brand, taking home five of the 13 awards, while fast-growing Korean car-makers Kia and Hyundai also fared well. This year’s field also saw more electric vehicles make the cut than in any previous year, reflecting the wider array of choice for Australian drivers,” he said.
A selection of the winners are listed below, with the full list of the 13 winners available here: