Australia's Best Cars 2016 announced

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

Tasmanian motorists can get a better picture of new cars on the market and how they compare with other cars in their class with the announcement of the Australia's Best Cars awards for 2016.

The awards judge cars against a range of criteria including Value for Money, Design and Function and On the Road. Judges represent Auto Clubs across Australia, including RACT's General Manager, Member Assist, Darren Moody. "The winning vehicles have performed the best in their respective categories against tough competition," he said.

The awards aim to challenge new car-makers to continually improve in terms of safety, performance and affordability. "The list of winners will assist motorists to work through the often difficult process of selecting what vehicle to buy," Mr Moody said. The judges, with combined motoring experience of more than 200 years, assess each volume-selling vehicle on the market across 21 individual criteria to assist potential purchasers of new vehicles to make a more informed purchasing decision. 

The list of 45 finalists was reduced to 15 winners across 15 categories in final testing late last year.

​With SUVs set to account for more than half of all vehicles sales in the next year, the awards feature four categories dedicated to those vehicles.​

The winners 

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Micro category

  1. Kia Picanto Si
  2. Mitsubishi Mirage ES
  3. Holden Spark LS

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Light category

  1. Suzuki Baleno GL
  2. Kia Rio S
  3. Mazda 2 Neo​

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Small car under $35,000

  1. Kia Cerato S
  2. Ford Focus Trend
  3. Mazda 3 Maxx

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Small car over $35,000

  1. BMW 1 Series 125i Sport Line
  2. Volvo V40 T4 Inscription
  3. Mercedes-Benz A 180

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Medium car under $50,000

  1. Mazda6 Touring (also Judges' Choice winner)
  2. Subaru Liberty 2.5i Premium
  3. Kia Optima GT

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Medium car over $50,000

  1. BMW 330i Luxury Line
  2. Mercedes-Benz C 200
  3. Jaguar XE 20T Prestige

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Large car under $70,000

  1. Hyundai Genesis
  2. Holden Commodore SV6 Black Edition
  3. Lexus ES300h Luxury

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Family wagon

  1. Kia Carnival SLi
  2. Honda Odyssey VTi-L
  3. Kia Sorento Sli

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Sports car under $50,000

  1. Ford Focus ST
  2. Ford Fiesta ST
  3. Renault Clio RS 200 CUP

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Sports car $50K-$100K

  1. BMW M240i
  2. Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG
  3. Ford Focus RS

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Small 2WD SUV under $35K

  1. Mazda CX-3 Maxx
  2. Honda HR-V VTi-S
  3. Nissan Qashqai ST

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AWD SUV Under $50K

  1. Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium
  2. Kia Sportage Platinum
  3. Mazda CX-5 Maxx Sport AWD

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AWD SUV $50K-$65K

  1. Land Rover Discovery Sport TD4 150 SE
  2. Kia Sorento Platinum
  3. Hyundai Santa Fe Highlander CRDi

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AWD SUV ​$65K-$125K

  1. Mercedes-Benz GLC 205d
  2. Volvo XC90 D5 Inscription
  3. Jaguar F-Pace R-Sport 30d

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4X4 Dual Cab Utes

  1. Ford Ranger XLT 3.2
  2. Toyota HiLux SR5
  3. Holden Colorado LTZ

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