NRMA announces Australia's best cars

Finding the "best car" isn't easy. Fleet managers are challenged when looking into procuring a new vehicle to find a make and model that will offer safety, reliability and economy.

The National Roads and Motorists' Association (NRMA) has gone some way to helping make the decision a little simpler with the recent release of its Australia's Best Car awards for 2014.

In October, the NRMA released the list of finalists judges would use to decide their winners for 2014's prestigious award.

Expert judges from some of Australia's most notable auto clubs chose their best vehicles of this year, with 220 cars being boiled down to 16 winners across a range of categories.

"Factors such as running and repair costs, fuel consumption, depreciation and safety were all taken into consideration when selecting the winners," the NRMA explained as it announced the results online.

"The result is a definitive guide to buying the best new cars of the year. Whether you're looking for a micro city car, a sports car or a dual cab ute, Australia's Best Cars Awards will help ensure you make an informed decision when you buy your next car."

... And the winners are!

  • 2014 Judges' Choice: Mercedes-Benz C200.
  • Best Micro Car: Mitsubishi Mirage ES.
  • Best Light Car: Renault Clio Expression TCe 120.
  • Best Small 2WD SUV under $35,000: Nissan ST.
  • Best Small Car under $35,000: Volkswagen Golf 90TSI Comfortline.
  • Best Small Car over $35,000: Audi A3 Sportback TFSI COD.
  • Best Medium Car under $50,000: Skoda Octavia 103TSI Ambition Plus.
  • Best Medium Car over $50,000: Mercedes-Benz C200.
  • Best Large Car under $70,000: Holden VF Commodore SV6.
  • Best Family Wagon: Citroën Grand C4 Picasso.
  • Best Sports Car under $50,000: Volkswagen Golf GTI.
  • Best Sports Car $50,000 - $100,000: Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG.
  • Best AWD SUV under $45,000: Subaru Forester 2.5i.
  • Best AWD SUV $45,000 - $65,000: Hyundai Santa Fe Highlander.
  • Best AWD SUV $65,000 - $125,000: Volkswagen Touareg V6 TDI.
  • Best 4x4 Dual Cab Ute: Ford Ranger XLT.

While not all of the winners will be suitable to the range of tasks a fleet can face, the judging focuses on many areas that fleet managers will be concerned about.

For more information on purchasing the best cars for your business's everyday demands, check out Smartfleet's vehicle procurement and disposal services.