Shortlist of 2015 Australia’s Best Cars finalists released


The Australian Automobile Association (AAA) today announced the 45 finalists in the 2015 Australia's Best Cars awards, with the winners in each category to be announced in Sydney on 25 February.

Australia's Best Cars is the largest independent new car assessment and awards program in Australia. It puts more than 180 vehicles through their paces each year against criteria such as Value for Money, Design and Function, and On the Road Performance.

AAA Chief Executive Michael Bradley said: "Australia's Best Cars provides practical information to Australians as they go through the process of buying a new car.

"A car is one of the biggest purchases most Australians make, and among the most important in terms of both cost to and the safety of themselves and their families.

"Our aim is to help more Australians choose the right car by giving them the information they need to make informed choices when buying a new vehicle," Mr Bradley said.

The 2015 Australia's Best Cars winners will be announced at 10am on 25 February at Sydney's Simmer on the Bay. The event will be hosted by the NRMA.

Now in its 17th year the program continues to evolve to meet the changing needs of the market. This was evident in the disruption to the 2015 program caused by issues regarding emissions compliance and the use of so-called ‘defeat devices’ in several million Volkswagen Group vehicles worldwide.

The AAA Board formed the view that the program could not accurately or fairly assess Volkswagen Group vehicles against each criterion and as a result, Volkswagen, Audi, and Skoda vehicles were unable to be considered in this year’s program.

Chief Judge of Australia’s Best Cars Mark Borlace said: "The program has also adapted to emerging trends in the AWD SUV categories, where buyer preference has shifted to the more expensive premium versions of these models as consumers perceive they represent better value for money than base models. 

"This has resulted in a need to increase our price brackets for two categories up by $5,000 to ensure like cars are compared in each category," Mr Borlace said.

2015 Australia's Best Cars Finalists

In alphabetical order


Mitsubishi Mirage ES

Nissan Micra ST

Suzuki Celerio


Hyundai Accent Active

Kia Rio Si

Renault Clio Expression

Small Under $35,000

Ford Focus Trend

Hyundai i30 Active

Mazda3 Maxx

Small Over $35,000

BMW 118i Sport Line

BMW 218i Active Tourer Sport Line

Volvo V40 T4 Luxury

Medium Under $50,000

Ford Mondeo Trend

Kia Optima GT

Toyota Camry Atara SL

Medium Over $50,000

BMW 330i Luxury Line

Lexus IS 300h Luxury Hybrid

Mercedes-Benz C 200

Large Under $70,000

Holden Commodore SV6

Hyundai Genesis

Lexus ES300h Luxury

Family Wagon

Honda Odyssey VTi-L

Kia Carnival SLi

Kia Sorento SLi 2WD

Sports Under $50,000

Ford Fiesta ST

Ford Focus ST

Renault Megane RS 265 CUP

Sports $50,000 - $100,000

BMW 2 M235i

Holden Insignia VXR

Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG

Small 2WD SUV Under $35,000

Honda HR-V VTi-S

Mazda CX-3 Maxx

Nissan Qashqai ST

AWD SUV Under $50,000

Hyundai Tucson Elite

Subaru Forester 2.5i - S

Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium

AWD SUV $50,000 - $65,000

Hyundai Santa Fe Highlander CRDi

Kia Sorento Platinum

Land Rover Discovery Sport SD4 SE

AWD SUV $65,000 - $125,000

BMW X5 xDrive 30d

Range Rover Sport 3.0 TDV6 S

Volvo XC90 Inscription D5

4X4 Dual Cab Utes

Ford Ranger XLT 3.2

Mazda BT-50 XTR

Toyota Hilux SR5

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