The year is almost over and the best cars of 2012 have been announced by australiasbestcars.com.au Following a rigorous testing and analysis process, the winners in each category have been announced by the Australian Automobile Association. Today we’re looking at the winners of the under $50,000 categories.
Kia Rio Si - Best Light Car Under $20,000
For the entry level segment winner, under $20,000, we have the Kia Rio Si, with a 1.6 litre petrol engine, 6 speed manual, with a mileage of 5.6l/100km. The finalists for this category included the Hyundai Accent Active and Volkswagen Polo 77TSI Comfortline. However, the Kia outclassed them because of its robust security systems and the smooth design and function of the vehicle.
Volkswagen Polo-66 TDI Comfortline - Best Light Car Over $20,000
In the next category we have a three time winner, the Volkswagen Polo-66 TDI Comfortline. With a 1.6 litre, 4 cylinder diesel engine, the 5 speed manual Polo is priced at $21,490 and gives great mileage at 4.7 l/100km. The Polo has always been a customer favourite due to its sturdy build and wonderful handling on almost all kinds of roads. It beat the Ford Fiesta LX diesel and Peugeot 208 Allure for the top spot this year.
Hyundai i30-Active - Best Small Car Under $35,000
With its spacious cabin design the Hyundai i30-Active is a product of admirable mechanical engineering. It sports a 1.8 litre, 4 cylinder engine, with a 6 speed auto transmission and boasts 6.9l/100km. The new i30 outclassed competitors including the Volkswagen Golf 90 TSI and Hyundai Elantra Active. The i30 is available for $22,990.
Ford Focus Titanium - Best Small Car Over $35,00
The Ford Focus Titanium won the best small car over $35,000 category. Under the hood it sports a 2.0 litre, 4 cylinder diesel engine with a 6 speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT) and yields a mileage of 5.4 L/100km. The 2.0 litre engine lends the car amazing power and with a decent fuel economy it beat the BMW 116i and Audi A3 1.6 TDI Attraction for this award.
Toyota Camry Hybrid H - Best Medium Car Under $35,000
The Toyota Camry Hybrid H has a 2.5 litre, 4 cylinder engine, with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) system. It has a hybrid fuel system and yields a mileage of 5.2L/100km. The winner of the best car under $50,000 category. The Camry provides great value for money considering the plethora of features, great performance efficiency and advanced security systems it offers.
Stay tuned - next we’ll look at the winners of the over $50,000 categories.