Australia's Best Car of the Year Announced

The second big automotive awards have been announced today in Australia, following the choosing of Europe's best car of 2010 this week. For Australia, the awards are a bit more complicated, as the criteria used in selecting the winning cars usually lead by more than one winner.

In all, 14 vehicles have been given the title of Australia's best car, based on the class in which the models sell and the price range. The vehicles have been voted upon from a batch of 45 finalists (the initial entry list comprised no less than 300 vehicles), with the judging panel comprising members from Australia's top motoring organizations: NRMA, RACV, RACQ, RAASA, RACWA, RACT and AANT.

"All the finalists were vehicles of the highest quality, performance and presentation, and this made the judging panel's job very difficult,'' Australia's Best Cars chief judge Mark Borlace said according to

Below is the list of the winning vehicles:

  • Best Light Car over $20,000: Volkswagen Polo 66 TDI Comfortline
  • Best Small Car under $35,000: Hyundai i30 SX
  • Best Small Car over $35,000: Mini Cooper D
  • Best Medium Car under $50,000: Volkswagen Jetta 103 TDI
  • Best Medium Car over $50,000: BMW 320D Lifestyle
  • Best Large Car under $60,000: Skoda Superb 125 TDI Ambition
  • Best Large Car over $60,000: Audi A6 3.0 Tdi Quattro
  • Best People Mover: Hyundai iMax
  • Best Sports Car under $80,000: BMW 135i Coupe
  • Best Sports Car over $80,000: BMW M3 Coupe
  • Best SUV under $40,000: Volkswagen Tiguan 103 TDI
  • Best SUV over $40,000: Kia Sorento Sli
  • Best Luxury SUV over $60,000: BMW X5 xDrive 30d
  • Best All Terrain 4WD: Land Rover Discovery 4 TDV6 SE
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