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Australia’s best cars for 2015 revealed

Australia’s best cars for 2015 have been revealed.

Judged in categories from ‘best small car’ to ‘best family wagon’ – some of the results may surprise you!

The 2015 winning fleet boasted cutting edge driver assist technologies as well features to improve safety.


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The Mazda CX-3 MAXX scored the coveted Judges’ Choice award, deemed the “most relevant” car, reflecting the popularity of small SUVs in the current market.

All Volkswagen Group cars were excluded from this year’s awards after it was found more than 90,000 vehicles sold in Australia had been fitted with software which produced false emissions readings.

Australia’s Best Cars winners:

Judges’ Choice: Mazda CX-3 MAXX
Best Micro Car: Mitsubishi Mirage ES
Best Light Car: Hyundai Accent Active
Best Small Car under $35,000: Hyundai i30 Active
Best Small Car over $35,000: BMW 118i Sport Line
Best Medium Car under $50,000: Kia Optima GT
Best Medium Car over $50,000: Mercedes-Benz C 200
Best Large Car under $70,000: Hyundai Genesis
Best Family Wagon: Kia Sorento SLI 2WD
Best Sports Car under $50,000: Ford Focus ST
Best Sports Car $50,000 – $100,000: Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG
Best Small 2WD SUV under $35,000: Mazda CX-3 MAXX
Best AWD SUV under $50,000: Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium
Best AWD SUV $50,000 – $65,000: Kia Sorento Platinum
Best AWD SUV $65,000 – $125,000: Volvo XC90 Inscription D5
Best 4×4 Dual Cab Ute: Toyota Hilux SR5


Shanee Dobeson
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