Australia’s Best Car Finalists Announced


Australia’s independent, consumer-oriented new car awards program, Australia’s Best Cars, celebrates its 10th year with a stellar list of finalists in 12 categories announced today.

Australia’s Best Cars – a program of the Australian Automobile Association and Constituent motoring clubs – will announce the winners at a gala industry event in Melbourne on Tuesday 1 December.

The Australia’s Best Cars awards assess more than 280 vehicles throughout the year with 36 finalists shortlisted across the 12 categories. The finalists are, road tested during an intensive week of assessment by motoring club judges, before the winning vehicles in each category are decided.

The judges assess finalists on the following three criteria – value for money, design and on-road performance – reflecting the consumer focus of AAA and the clubs on behalf of their motoring members.

Australia’s Best Cars Chief Judge, RACV’s Ernest Litera, said today’s new car buyers took a range of considerations into account when planning their purchase, and the awards aimed to reflect those considerations.


Australia’s Best Car Finalists 2009

Best Small Car

Ford Fiesta LX

Honda Jazz GLi

Mazda2 Neo


Best Mid-size Car under 30k

Hyundai i30 SX diesel

Mitsubishi Lancer ES

Volkswagen Polo TDI


Best Mid-size Car over 30k

Mazda6 Classic

VW Golf 118 Tsi Comfortline

VW Jetta TDI


Best Large Car

Ford FG Falcon XR6 

Holden VE Commodore Omega

Toyota Aurion AT-X


Best People Mover

Honda Odyssey Luxury

Hyundai iMax d

Mitsubishi Grandis VR-X


Best Sports Car

BMW 135i Coupe

Subaru Impreza Sti

Volkswagen Golf R32


Best Luxury Sports Car

Audi S4 TFSI Quattro

Audi TT-S TFSI Quattro



Best Prestige Car

Audi A4 Tdi

Mercedes Benz C220 CDi Classic

Subaru Liberty 3.6R Premium


Best Luxury Car

Audi A6 TFSi

Jaguar XF 3.0 D

Lexus GS 450h


Best Recreational 4WD

Audi Q5 2.0 Tdi

Subaru Outback 2.5i

VW Tiguan 103 TDI


Best Luxury 4WD

Audi Q5 3.0 TDI

BMW X5 xdrive 30d

Volvo XC60 T6


Best All Terrain 4WD

Landrover Discovery 4SE TDV6

Mitsubishi Pajero GLS d

Toyota Landcruiser GXL d


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