Australia is renowned for its diverse landscapes and people, and our choice in cars is just as varied. You would have seen the streets filled with Mitsubishis and Fords even ten years ago, but things have changed quite a bit over the past few years. Nowadays, people are opting for the more economical family sedans, compact SUVs and utility vehicles.
If you are in the market, looking for a new ride and want an opinion regarding the best-selling vehicles around you, here is a list of the top 5 popular cars in Australia at the moment.
The Toyota Corolla is a compact family sedan popular around the world for practicality, comfort and performance. Even though the first models were based on a rear-wheel-drive platform, the new models are available on a front-wheel drivetrain. The primary competitors of the Corolla in the global market are the Honda Civic and the Nissan Sunny.
The Mazda 3 is a popular subcompact in the Australian market, which is known for being agile and sporty. Four engine options are currently offered on the vehicle, ranging from 2.0 litre petrol to a 2.3 litre diesel; both displacing about 134 lb-ft to 145 ft-lb of torque. This versatile subcompact is a favorite among the youngsters as well as the daily commuters.
The Toyota HiLux or the 4Runner (as the Trekker is popularly known here) is the next best-selling vehicle here in Australia, and is popular for its size, towing capability and comfort. Even though it can be difficult for a pickup to be as fuel efficient as a family subcompact, the HiLux does a decent enough job. The Australian version of the vehicle is powered by a 4.0 litre, DOHC, TRD Edition, supercharged engine block, displacing 306 PS. Talk about power!
The first-generation Holden Cruze was a hatchback, designed exclusively by the team of creative designers at Holden, Australia. Hence, you could say that the vehicle has strong roots in the country. The current model of the Cruze replaced the Holden Viva and introduced a whole bunch of safety features and electronics to the market. The current generation model draws power from a range of petrol and diesel engine options, ranging from 1.6 litre to a 2.0- litre block.
The Hyundai i30 is one of the most spacious vehicles in its class and is designed and tested in Germany. As a result, refinement and engineering are nothing short of world-class. The vehicle replaced the Elantra Touring, which hasn’t been missed since! If fuel economy is your thing, the Hyundai i30 is the perfect vehicle for you. The hatchback is a great daily driver, which can occasionally be taken on short road trips.