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Medium Cars Under $60k

Volkswagen Passat
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  • Borrows Golf R engine, so it's no slouch; DSG auto is quick-shifting and a lot of fun; Plenty of standard kit; Loads of space with limo-style rear legroom to boot; 12.3-inch digital instrument display is outstanding, as are the nappa sports seats

  • Conservative styling won't be for everyone, but it's lowered by 15mm – hence its sleeper status; Initial acceleration feels painfully delayed, but picks up quickly

Mazda 6
  • Enhanced value proposition; solid standard equipment list; roomy and comfortable; class-leading handling

  • Engine lacks low-end shove, noisy under load; auto can be lazy at times; tyre noise; MZD Connect a like it or lump it affair

Subaru Liberty
  • Plenty of high quality standard equipment; excellent safety features; a good example of Japanese ‘Premi-ish’

  • Fiddly, laggy, and unintuitive infotainment system; noisy and indecisive CVT; costlier on fuel and servicing than it should be

Skoda Octavia
  • Amazing practicality due to massive boot area; Rear seat room good for families; Improved standard equipment; Reasonably priced option packs; Optional infotainment system is excellent; Fun to drive at higher speeds

  • Way too loud on coarse chip road surfaces; Notable issues with getting the power down to the road; Front suspension can be clunky on sharp bumps

Kia Optima
  • Stylish new look; impressive list of standard inclusions in the entry level Si; premium feel to the interior; spacious cabin

  • Cloth seats feel a little firm; the raised tyre impression on the boot floor is clunky and looks messy

Medium Cars Over $60k

Audi A4
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  • Stylish, well equipped and well appointed, so much so it feels like good value; very clever and easy-to-use driver tech; practical and fun to drive

  • Front seats could use more support, as long-distance driving is what this car is for; a few ergonomic issues and infotainment glitches; thirstier than advertised

BMW 3 Series
  • Amazing room in the back; Practical hatchback is very convenient; Great engine and driveline; Lovely interior detailing

  • High roof and 'squashed X6' design not to all tastes; Hefty price premium over 330i sedan; Longer wheelbase not as dynamic as other 3 Series

Mercedes-Benz C250
  • Classy AMG-enhanced exterior styling; properly sports-infused cabin and seats; oodles of engine punch; impressive fuel economy

  • Engine not terribly sporting in character; ditto the transmission; more grand tourer than corner carver; punchier and smoother 350d version not offered in Oz

Alfa Romeo Giulia
  • Gorgeous design outside and in; Handles like an Alfa Romeo ought to; Doesn't skimp on the latest tech

  • Diesel drivetrain lacks polish at times; Adjustable dampers cost extra, and it shows; Mixed bag of cabin trims

Jaguar XE
  • A sharp looking alternative to big German brands; Great engine, even at this entry level; Fantastic balance and excellent handling characteristics; InControl Touch Pro a great media system

  • Still a bit thirsty for our tastes; Still off the pace in terms of cabin materials; Why isn't ICTP standard?!