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2013 Australia’s Best Cars – Best Medium Car under $50k & Judges Choice – Mazda6 Touring – review

Our winner, the new Mazda6 Touring Sedan,has been redesigned from the ground up and, after significant improvements in design andperformance, it proved unbeatable.

In two of the three judging criteria — Designand Function and On the Road – the new 6 was a standout, with a tranche of class-high scores.

Inside, the design, quality and sheer plushnessof the finish is good enough to compare with more expensive European vehicles.

For yourmoney you get a lot.

Value comes not only in the classy interior,however.

For your money you also a long list of important safety features.

It has a more fuel-efficient 2.

5 four-cylinderpetrol engine that showcases Mazda's SKYACTIVE fuel saving technologies.

Even on uneven gravel and corrugated roads,the Mazda travels quietly, absorbing all but the worst of the bumps.

The Mazda6 Touring is spacy, high-performing,fuel-efficient and has a high-quality Euro-style that makes for luxurious cruising.

And, underneathits mid-size family sedan disguise, it is also extremely fun to drive.

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2013 Australia’s Best Cars – Best Small Car under $35k – Hyundai i30 Active – test and review

It was a toughly fought battle, which makesthe Hyundai i30's Australia's Best Cars win for the second consecutive year an outstandingachievement.

The i30 has proven to be a solid, value-for-moneypackage that has the right ingredients to satisfy the majority of small car buyers.

Attractive pricing is always a good startbut the i30 also does well with some of the long-term ownership expenses that are oftenoverlooked.

With seven airbags, the i30 has a 5-star ANCAP rating and is among the bestin class for safety.

The i30 is particularly easy to drive andlive with on a daily basis.

Hyundai's growing reputation for a high standard of build andfinish is evident throughout the car.

Yes, there are other small cars that do afew things better but even then the i30 is not far behind and it is this consistencyacross all areas that gives the i30 an edge over its rivals.

Australian input into the suspension tuningprovides a comfortable ride and respectable handling.

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2013 Australia’s Best Cars – Best Large Car under $60k – Holden Commodore SV6 – test and review

It's a big call but the Holden Commodore VFcould well be the best car ever made in Australia.

It was this 'ultimate evolution' that elevatedthe VF to the winner's rostrum for the first time.

An improvement over previous generationCommodores in just about every area.

Holden's 210kW, 350Nm 3.

6-litre V6 is a responsiveunit, particularly when paired with a six-speed auto that shows improved kick-down responseand shift smoothness.

And for an electric power steering system, the VF has one of thebest, being speed sensitive, nicely weighted and in full communication with the driver.

The SV6 boasts big brothers', the SS and SS-V,FE2 suspension.

Set firm, it endows the SV6 with a handling competency that belies a carof this size.

Standard equipment includes Auto Park Assist(which autonomously steers the vehicle into parallel or reverse parking positions), Bluetoothphone and audio streaming, USB and AUX inputs, auto lights, voice recognition and dual-zoneclimate control.

But it's not just creature comforts and practicalitems – safety is paramount, with six airbags, electronic stability control, ABS and tractioncontrol fitted.

In the great tradition of the Aussie familycar, Holden's Commodore VF is very much complete.

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2013 Australia’s Best Cars – Best Sports Car under $50k – VW Golf GTI – test and review

Just when you think the current Golf can'tbe bettered, Volkswagen goes and releases a new Golf.

Volkswagen's mighty Golf goes from strengthto strength in both sales figure terms and performance.

The manual gearbox is an examplefor all other manufacturers in how shifting should feel, while the DSG shifts smoothlyand with precision.

The all new 2.

0-litre four cylinder engineis turbocharged and churns out an impressive 162kW and 350Nm.

Given the performance onoffer, fuel consumption well below 7 litres/100km is seriously impressive for what is stillthe quintessential hot hatch.

On the open road, the engine delivers itsbest in effortless fashion, powering the hatch along at highway speeds without ever raisinga sweat.

Around town at city speeds, the Golf is equally at home.

The suspension and handling have a real track-tunedfeel to them and can be a little harsh over really nasty surfaces.

Golf GTI's cabin delivers that signature feelingof solidity and build quality with near faultless ergonomics and comfort.

If you're looking for reasons not to buy aGolf GTI, you'll struggle to find them after taking a close look at the new Mark VII.

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Australia’s Best Cars 2014 – Best Sports Car Under $50,000 – Volkswagen Golf GTI

The winner of Australia's Best Cars for 2014 in the category of Sports Cars under $50,000 the Volkswagen Golf GTI when you get inside this car has such afeel-good factor in the way it holds you in the seat the way the instruments are laid out, like any good sports car you snuggle into this car, you've got a beautiful steering wheel, white on black dials.

It's a lovely car to sit behind the wheel of.

It's entertaining you from behind the wheel everything fromthe tartan seats to the golf ball gear stick knob.

Anybody who loves to drive a motor car can get a lot of entertainment out of driving the Golf GTI anybody who's got the money will enjoythis car.

The Golf GTI has a 2 litre petrol engine and a six-speed manual transmission.

Thereally good thing about this car is it brings that performance and that drive line together in a nicelyintegrated package.

Traditionally we've loved manual gearboxes.

Today's quick shifting dsg gear boxes that youcan also get in this car have taken it to another level.

They can shift faster than you can push a clutch and move a manual gear lever.

The Golf obviously is still a four door car so its very practical but that takes nothing away from its sporting credentials.

The Volkswagen Golf GTI is avery integrated performance package it brings everything together in a nicelyblended drivers car.

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Australia’s Best Cars 2014 – Best Medium Car under $50,000 – Skoda Octavia 103TSI Ambition Plus

The winner of Australia's Best Cars 2014 MediumCategory under $50,000 is the Skoda Octavia 103 TSI Ambition Plus.

The Skoda Octavia enjoyeda refresh last year.

Now you'll find 103Kw 103 TSI engine in front of a 7 speed DSG oran optional 6 speed manual transmission.

Skoda are claiming 5.

2 litres per 100 km which isimpressive.

The driving appeal of the Skoda Octavia is apparent in the first few kilometres.

The interior is purposeful, ergonomically is very good without being over fussy.

At firstglance the Octavia appears like a regular sedan but when you look closely you'll seethat the boot is attached to the rear windscreen and its really a liftback with 560 litresof luggage room.

The Skoda Octavia could easily fulfill a family's requirements – there'splenty of room inside and those who have previously owned large segmented vehicles may startedlooking at the medium segment to fulfill their transport needs.

Its a good result for Skodathis year – more than simply clever.

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Australia’s Best Cars 2014 – Best Small Car Under $35,000 – Volkswagen Golf 90TSI Comfortline

The winner of Australia's Best Cars 2014 small car category under $35,000 is the Volkswagen Golf 90 TSI Comfortline the Golf 90 is not the cheapest car in thiscategory however many will ask how Volkswagen can offer this level features and performance for the money.

The 1.

4 Turbo in the Golf coupled to the DSG transmission provides for smooth performance,good economy byselecting the right gear at the right time and overall providesgreat driving experience As soon as you sit in the driver's seatyou'll notice a level of finish quality, the attention to detail, the ergonomic layout of the controls everything's at your fingertips and there are some very handy features in there that you won't find in other vehicles in this class tyre pressure monitoring, rear airconditioning vents, electric handbrake, extremely good fueleconomy as well as great level of performance from the engine and powertrain.

Volkswagen have stuck to a formula and instead of trying to change the car too much or completelyreinvent it they've simply improved it.

Even after fortyyears in the seventh generation the VolkswagenGolf still sets the benchmark.

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Australia’s Best Cars 2014 – Best Large Car under $70,000 – Holden VF Commodore SV6

The winner of Australia's Best Cars Best LargeCar under $70,000 is the VF Commodore SV6.

As an all round package it really offers buyersof large cars a very competent all rounder.

The Commodore will certainly appeal to anybodywho wants a spacious sedan and also something that actually on the road really can providethe goods in terms of performance it offers really good strong in gear acceleration andthe suspension and ride package is really well developed.

It really shows that localengineering that's gone into it to suit it to our conditions, our roads.

It doesn't matterwhether its on a piece of tarmac or driving round an unsealed corrugated piece of road- it just rides well and you point it in the corners and it turns in nicely.

It handlesbrilliantly for such a big car.

It's also rates very well in terms of insurance costs- it scored a 10 this year, really can't do much better than that.

It's very affordable.

It offers space for 5 people.

They can be seated in relative comfort in all positions.

Its got a great boot.

Theres a lot of people going away from large cars because of fuelconsumption issues but the Commodore still impresses for what it delivers in terms ofa large car.

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