The Australia’s Best Cars awards are a reliable guide for intending buyers, writes Chris Nixon.

The verdicts are in on Australia’s Best Cars — the annual awards for new vehicles judged by the RACQ and other state motoring clubs.

Awards were presented in Brisbane on 25 November to winners in 15 categories representing different sizes, types and prices of cars, SUVs, people-movers and utes.

As usual, there was no overall winner, although judges did allow themselves a “Judges’ Choice” award, given to the Mercedes-Benz C 200 Sedan.

The motoring clubs pool resources to review hundreds of vehicles across the year, following set procedures, before producing a short list for final judging in a single multi-day run-off.

Highly-detailed criteria include everything from value for money, to depreciation, running and ownership costs, spare part prices, safety, performance, technology and environmental compliance.

Widely regarded as the most arduous assessment of all new passenger vehicles currently for sale, the Australia’s Best Car awards are a reliable guide for intending buyers.

And the winners are…

  • Best Micro Car
    Mitsubishi Mirage ES
  • Best Light Car
    Renault Clio Expression TCe 120
  • Best Small Car under $35,000
    Volkswagen Golf 90TSI Comfortline
  • Best Small Car over $35,000
    Audi A3 Sportback 1.4 TFSI COD
  • Best Medium Car under $50,000
    Skoda Octavia 103TSI Ambition Plus
  • Best Medium Car over $50,000
    Mercedes-Benz C Class C 200
  • Best Large Car under $70,000
    Holden VF Commodore SV6
  • Best Family Wagon
    Citroen Grand C4 Picasso
  • Best Sports Car under $50,000
    Volkswagen Golf GTI
  • Best Sports Car $50,000 – $100,000
    Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG
  • Best Small 2WD SUV under $35,000
    Nissan QASHQAI St
  • Best AWD SUV under $45,000
    Subaru Forester 2.5i
  • Best AWD SUV $45,000 – $65,000
    Hyundai Santa Fe Highlander
  • Best AWD SUV $65,000 – $125,000
    Volkswagen Touareg V6 TDI
  • Best 4×4 Dual Cab Ute
    Ford Ranger XLT

Read the full details of the winners and nearest rivals in each category at australiasbestcars.com.au.

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