The Mazda CX-3 has won the title of Australia’s Best Car, the small SUV beating vehicles across 15 categories.

Judges from Australia’s motoring clubs, including the RACV, NRMA, RACQ, RACT, RAA, RAC and AANT, rated the CX-3 for its resale value, comfort, quality and enjoyability.

“The small 2WD SUV is the sort of vehicle that Australians just can’t get enough of at the moment,” the judges said.

“The Mazda was consistently strong across nearly every judging criterion, with class-leading scores for depreciation, performance and handling, and equal class-leading scores for environment, seating comfort, ergonomics, build and finish, braking and smoothness and quietness. CX-3 buyers are spoilt for choice with the most extensive range in the segment: the entry-level Neo, mid-range Maxx and sTouring, and the high-specification Akari.”

The Hyundai Genesis won Best Large Car Under $70,000, Mercedes-Benz C200 Best Medium Car Above $50,000, and Kia Sorrento Best Family SUV. Mitsubishi Mirage won Best City Car, the Hyundai i30 Best Small Car and Toyota HiLux Best Ute.

Of the 15 winners, six were manufactured in Korea, four in Japan and four in Germany, including the Ford Focus ST (Best Performance Car Below $50,000).

All the winners

  • Mitsubishi Mirage (City Car)
  • Hyundai Accent (Light Car)
  • Hyundai i30 (Small Car)
  • BMW 1 Series (Small Luxury Car)
  • Kia Optima (Mid-Size Sedan)
  • Mercedes-Benz C200 (Luxury Mid-Size Sedan)
  • Hyundai Genesis (Luxury Sedan)
  • Kia Sorento 2WD (Family Car)
  • Ford Focus ST (Performance Car Below $50,000)
  • Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG (Performance Car Above $50,000)
  • Mazda CX-3 (City SUV)
  • Subaru Outback (Family SUV Below $50,000)
  • Kia Sorento 4WD (Family SUV Above $50,000)
  • Volvo XC90 (Luxury SUV)
  • Toyota HiLux (Four-Door Ute)

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