The Audi A3 is a European alternative to other small hatchback options. It is sporty but practical. The dual clutch transmission must be checked before purchase.
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The Volkswagen Polo is a light hatchback that offers a spacious interior and healthy levels of safety equipment. The engine lacks power and smoothness, and uses a lot of fuel for its size.
The Ford Mondeo is available in practical sedan, liftback or station wagon form. It is the best handling medium-size family car and is very frugal at the pump. The dual-clutch transmission option is not as smooth as a traditional automatic.
The Toyota Camry is brilliant at comfortably carrying up to five people with their luggage and is super reliable. In spite of its size it has a low tow rating.
The Toyota Land Cruiser Prado is a large SUV with seating for eight and impressive off-road capabilities. It is not great to drive on the road and is thirsty for fuel.
The Holden Commodore SS-V Redline is the performance flagship of Holden’s VE Commodore range. It offers performance and aggressive looks. Drive it hard and you will spend a lot of time at the petrol station.
When it was launched in 2005, the ‘D40’ Nissan Navara offered a bigger, more passenger-friendly cabin than most other utes. Ten years on, issues with the engine, transmission and chassis are beginning to show.
The Toyota Corolla Fielder is a small station wagon that shares its name and some components with the popular hatchback. While it has loads of carrying capacity, rear seat space is tight.
The Honda Odyssey is a people mover capable of taking up to seven passengers with a reasonable amount of luggage along for the ride. It has strong safety credentials.
The Toyota Wish is a small, zippy people mover that can carry up to seven in reasonable comfort. They will have to leave their luggage behind.