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Australia’s Best Cars 2016 finalists announced


The Australian Automobile Association (AAA) today announced the 45 finalists in the 2016 Australia’s Best Cars awards, the most comprehensive, objective and transparent awards program in the country.

As part of this year’s program nine judges put more than 150 vehicles through their paces against criteria such as Value for Money, Design and Function, and On the Road Performance.

Vehicle testing was conducted during December 2016 at the Australian Automotive Research Centre in Anglesea, Victoria.

The winners in each category will be announced on 21 February 2017.


2016 Australia’s Best Cars Finalists

In alphabetical order


Micro Category

Holden Spark LS

Kia Picanto Si

Mitsubishi Mirage ES

Light Category

Kia Rio S

Mazda2 Neo

Suzuki Baleno GL

Small under $35,000

Ford Focus Trend

Kia Cerato S

Mazda3 Maxx

Small Over $35,000

BMW 125i Sport Line

Mercedes-Benz A 180

Volvo V40 T4 Inscription

Medium under $50,000

Kia Optima GT

Mazda6 Touring

Subaru Liberty 2.5i Premium

Medium over $50,000

BMW 330i Luxury Line

Jaguar XE 20T Prestige


C 200

Large Under $70,000

Holden Commodore SV6 Black Edition

Hyundai Genesis

Lexus ES300h Luxury

Family Wagon

Honda Odyssey VTi-L

Kia Sorento SLi (4×2)

Kia Carnival SLi

Sports under $50,000

Ford Fiesta ST

Ford Focus ST

Renault Clio RS 200 CUP

Sports $50,000 – $100,000

BMW M240i

Ford Focus RS

Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG

Small 2WD SUV under $35,000

Honda HR-V VTi-S

Mazda CX-3 Maxx

Nissan Qashqai ST

AWD SUV Under $50,000

Kia Sportage Platinum

Mazda CX-5 Maxx Sport AWD

Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium

AWD SUV $50,000 – $65,000

Hyundai Santa Fe Highlander CRDi

Kia Sorento Platinum

Land Rover Discovery Sport TD4 150 SE

AWD SUV $65,000 – $125,000

Jaguar F-Pace R-Sport 30d

Mercedes-Benz GLC 250d

Volvo XC90 D5 Inscription

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