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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

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

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

Hyundai Sonata
  • Smooth on the road with comfortable suspension; Generous room for rear passengers and large boot space; Engine is smooth and up to the task around town.

  • Basic list of standard features; Hard plastics around the cabin; steering lacks feel and feedback.

Medium Cars Over $60k

Mercedes-Benz C250
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  • 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

BMW 3 Series
  • Individual line options added with the 100 Year pack lift the appeal of the humble 3er; 330i still the best driveline in the range; those door trims are fantastic

  • Despite the luxury improvements, the F30 cabin is starting to date; Say it with me – SYNC button...

Audi A4
  • 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

Jaguar XE
  • Brilliant ride quality and comfort; playful through corners; raunchy supercharged six is a hoot; smooth transmission; great media system

  • Rear seat space and boot room lacking; could be better equipped; some interior design elements not as premium as rivals

Mercedes-Benz CLA
  • Looks and feels luxurious inside and out; new equipment improves the value equation; improved connectivity thanks to phone integration tech; big boot

  • Back seat is compromised by roof line and tight for head and leg room; steering isn't overly involving; engine a bit dull