Hyundai has won three major categories in this year’s Australia’s Best Cars awards. The Accent Active was voted Australia’s Best Light Car, the i30 Series II Active petrol won the title of Australia’s Best Small Car under $35,000, while the more luxurious Genesis took home the title of Australia’s Best Large Car under $70,000. Hyundai’s AWD / SUV models were also represented, with the Tucson Elite and Santa Fe Series II Highlander CRDi both making Top 3 contenders in the their respective AWD SUV categories.
Hyundai’s award-winners were chosen as the victors after they were judged on three major criteria: Value for money, Design and function, and On-the-road performance. Important criteria sub-categories in which Hyundai’s models scored highly included warranty, cost of depreciation, running and repair costs, fuel consumption, insurance costs, standard features, safety ratings, build and finish quality, together with ride, handling, braking, smoothness and quietness.
“We’re extremely proud that our cars have again starred in Australia’s largest new-car assessment and awards program,” Hyundai Motor Company Australia Chief Executive Officer, Charlie Kim said. “Australia’s Best Cars awards are important to us – and especially important to our customers – because they embrace real-world car ownership values. I believe Hyundai’s proud record in these important awards – including our strong results in this year’s Australia’s Best Cars awards – sends a clear message to car buyers about the impeccable real-world credentials of our cars.”
Australia’s largest new-car assessment and awards program, Australia’s Best Cars awards determines winners in 15 classes after rigorous testing by judges representing Australia’s 7.4 million auto club members. Judges from Australia’s seven State and Territory-based motoring organisations evaluated more than 180 models available nationwide, not just the year’s new-car releases.