Australia’s Best Cars winners announced

Victoria’s leading transport advocate RACV, together with the other state motoring clubs and the Australian Automobile Association (AAA), has announced the 15 winners of the 2016 Australia's Best Cars awards.

Australia's Best Cars is an independent, consumer focussed new car assessment program.

RACV motoring writer and test judge, Greg Hill said Australia's Best Cars evaluated the vehicles that potential buyers are comparing using 15 different consumer focussed categories.

“This testing puts more than 150 vehicles through their paces each year against criteria such as Value for Money, Design and Function, and On Road Performance.

“A winning vehicle not only has to be good to drive, it also needs to score well in value for money, safety and all the long term ownership aspects such as warranty, servicing and repair costs, dealer access, insurance and fuel consumption.”

RACV judge, Lisa Luscombe said space and comfort relative to others in the same vehicle class also play an important role in the judging process.

“The scoring system is based on the type of questions our members are asking.  The awards help give all Australian car buyers the information they need when considering which vehicle is the right one for them,” she said.

The winner of the Judges’ Choice award for 2016 was the Mazda6 Touring.

The judges said the Mazda 6 Touring impressed with its impressive suite of advance safety features which are standard across the range.

“Mazda deserve to be commended for making these potentially lifesaving safety features available to mainstream buyers.  In most other brands they are usually only available in luxury or top of the line models and often as an extra cost option,” Mr Hill said.  


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Australia's Best Cars 2016

Australia's Best Cars 2016


Best Micro

Kia Picanto Si

Best Light

Suzuki Baleno GL

Best Small Car under $35,000

Kia Cerato S

Best Small Car over $35,000

BMW 1 Series 125i

Best Medium Car under $50,000

Mazda Mazda6 Touring

Best Medium Car over $50,000

BMW 3 330

Best Large Car under $70,000

Hyundai Genesis

Best Family Wagon

Kia Carnival SLi

Best Sports Car under $50,000

Ford Focus ST

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

BMW 2 M240i

Best Small 2WD SUV under $35,000

Mazda CX-3 Maxx

Best AWD SUV under $50,000

Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium

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

Land Rover Discovery Sport TD4 150 SE 5 seat

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

Mercedes-Benz GLC 250d

Best 4x4 Dual Cab Ute

Ford Ranger XLT 3.2

Judges' Choice

Mazda Mazda6 Touring

Written by RACV Public Affairs, Lynette Keogh 03 9790 2572
February 21, 2017