Mazda6 Touring Sedan clinches Australia's Best Cars awards

The new Mazda6 Touring Sedan has clinched two accolades at this year's Australia's Best Cars Awards.

A panel of 12 judges said the Mazda6 was the best medium car costing under $50,000, while also selecting it as the Judges' Choice from a field of 45 finalists.

Not only was the vehicle noted for its fuel consumption, judges were impressed by its design and function on the road, as well as its safety features.

The awards were introduced in 2000 by Australia's motoring clubs, with this year's ceremony being held at Brisbane's South Bank Piazza.

The Royal Automobile Club of Queensland (RACQ) unveiled the winners, and the company's executive manager of traffic and safety policy Steve Spalding highlighted the quality of the Mazda6 Touring Sedan.

He said the vehicle offered emotive appeal, but also acted as a benchmark car in its class, which would no doubt influence the future direction of competitors.

"Inside, the design, quality and sheer plushness of finish were good enough to compare with more expensive European vehicles," the RACQ said.

"It provided value for money, including push-button engine start, leather seat trim, satellite navigation and powered leather front seats."

For the car to be considered for the Judges' Choice award, it needed to have low car fuel consumption, a green cars guide rating of 3.5 stars or more and an ANCAP safety rating of five stars.

The winner also needed to be priced at under the luxury car tax threshold.

Other top performers included the Renault Clio Expression TCe 120 in the light-car category, as well as the Hyundai i30 Active, which won the best small car under $35,000.

Holden took home the leading large car costing under $60,000 award for its Commodore SV6 model, while the Lexus GS 350 F Sport took the $60,000+ segment.