Australia’s Best Cars Finalists Announced


Australia’s most thorough, independent, consumer-oriented new car awards program, Australia’s Best Cars, has announced the finalists in the 2008 national awards.

Australia’s Best Cars, which is a program of the Australian Automobile Association and Constituent motoring clubs, will announce the winners on Wednesday 3 December.

The Best Cars awards assess more than 280 vehicles throughout the year and have shortlisted to 36 finalists across 12 categories, which are then extensively road tested during an intensive week of assessment by motoring club judges, before the winning vehicles in each category are decided.  The finalists and the 12 categories are included in the attached list.

Australia’s Best Cars is in its 9th year and, reflecting the consumer focus provided through the AAA and motoring clubs, judges the Best Cars’ finalists on the following three criteria – value for money, design and on-road performance.

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

“More than ever, people look to be scrutinising a range of issues when contemplating their new car purchase, and the Best Cars program is the only judging system that looks at a number of factors which people take into account,” Mr Litera said.

“People want good, reliable information to use in making their choice, and Best Cars gives them the ability to make informed purchasing decisions against a number of criteria.

“The judges, who represent all of Australia’s motoring clubs, have had a tough job settling on the top three category finalists this year, as there are a lot of good cars on the Australian market.”


Australia’s Best Cars Finalists

Best Small Car

Honda Jazz GLi

Hyundai Getz SX

Mazda2 Neo

Best Mid size Car under 28k

Honda Civic VTi

Hyundai i30 SX (Petrol+Diesel)

Mitsubishi Lancer ES

Best Mid size Car over 28k

Ford Mondeo TDCi

Mazda6 Classic

VW Jetta TDI

Best Large Car

Ford FG Falcon XT 

Honda Accord V6

Toyota Aurion AT-X

Best People Mover

Honda Odyssey Luxury

Hyundai iMax

Mitsubishi Grandis VR-X

Best Sports Car

BMW 135i Coupe Sport

Mitsubishi Evolution MR

VW Golf R32

Best Luxury Sports Car

Audi S5 FSI Quattro



Best Prestige Car

Audi A4 TDI

Ford Falcon G6E Turbo

Lexus IS250

Best Luxury Car

Audi A6 TDi Quattro

Lexus GS 450h

Mercedes-Benz C320 CDI

Best Recreational 4WD

Renault Koleos

Subaru Forester X

VW Tiguan 2.0 TDI

Best Luxury 4WD

Audi Q7 TDI Quattro


Lexus RX 400h

Best All Terrain 4WD

Landrover Discovery 3SE TDV6

Mitsubishi Pajero VRX CDi - Diesel

Toyota Prado GXL – Diesel


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