Australia's Best Cars Finalists


Australia's peak motoring body, the Australian Automobile Association, today announced the finalists for the Australia's Best Cars award program.

The final testing of some 45 vehicles will be judged across 15 categories by the judging panel, made up of motoring experts from Australia's motoring organisations – NRMA Motoring & Services, RACV, RACQ, RAASA, RACWA, RACT and AANT. 

The finalists have been selected following a comprehensive review of more than 300 vehicles by the judges - from light cars through to large cars, sports cars, SUVs and all-terrain vehicles.

AAA Director of Technical Services, Craig Newland, said the Australia's Best Cars program provided new car buyers and motoring enthusiasts with a thorough reference to volume selling new cars on the Australian market.

"The Best Cars' judging panel, drawn from technical experts across all the clubs, have been working their way through these hundreds of vehicles for most of the year in a bid to ensure it is comprehensive and covers a wide range of makes and models," Mr Newland said.

"Australia's Best Cars has also increased the number of judging categories from 12 in 2009 to 15 this year – you cannot compare apples with oranges and the increase in the number of light/small cars and SUVs on to the Australian market has led us to expand on the previous categories."

The winners will be announced at a gala industry event in Sydney in November, hosted by the NRMA at Randwick Racecourse.

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Australia's Best Cars Finalists 2010

 Best Light Car under $20,000

Ford Fiesta CL

Hyundai i20 Active

Volkswagen Polo 77 Tsi Comfortline

 Best Light Car over $20,000

Ford Fiesta ECOnetic

Peugeot 207 XT

Volkswagen Polo 66 TDI Comfortline 

 Bext Small Car under $35,000

Honda Civic VTi

Hyundai i30 SX

Volkswagen Golf 118 Tsi 

 Best Small Car over $35,000

Audi A3 Sportsback 1.8 TFSI Ambition

Mini Cooper

Volvo C30 drive 

 Best Medium size Car under $50,000

Hyundai i45 Elite

Mazda 6 Classic

Volkswagen Jetta 103 TDI 

 Best Medium size Car over $50,000

Audi A4 Tdi

BMW 320D Lifestyle

Volkswagen Passatt CC 125 TDI 

 Best Large Car under $60,000

Ford FG Falcon XR6

Skoda Superb 125 TDI Ambition

Toyota Aurion AT-X

 Best Large Car over $60,000

Audi A6 3.0 TDI Quattro

BMW 520d

Jaguar XF S Luxury 

 Best People Mover

Honda Odyssey Luxury

Hyundai iMax

Kia Grand Carnival Si

 Best Sports Car under $80,000

BMW 135i Coupe

Volkswagen Golf Gti

Volkswagen Golf R

 Best Sports Car over $80,000

Audi S4 TFSI Quattro

Audi TT-S TFSI Quattro

BMW M3 Coupe 

 Best SUV under $40,000

Kia Sportage Platinum SL AWD

Mitsubishi ASX 4WD

Volkswagen Tiguan 103 TDI 

 Best SUV over $40,000

Kia Sorento Sli

Hyundai Santa Fe R Series Elite

Subau Outback Premium 

 Best Luxury SUV over $60,000

Audi Q5 2.0 TDI Quattro

BMW X5 xdrive 30d

Range Rover Sport TDV6 

 Best All Terrain 4WD

Landrover Discovery 4 TDV6 SE

Toyota Landcruiser GXL

Toyota Prado GXL 

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