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Medium Cars Under $60k

Toyota Camry
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  • Real-world fuel economy; Newfound exterior and interior design nous; Much improved ride and handling; Affordable servicing costs, longer intervals

  • No Apple CarPlay or Android Auto; Gloss-black cabin plastics age poorly; Toyota Australia's short warranty

Volkswagen Passat
  • Wolfsburg brings a big extras list for a small premium; Strong and efficient engine; Excellent road manners; Capable AWD system; Good towing capacity; Classy, practical interior

  • Ground clearance could be higher for an all-roader wagon; Comfort mode’s floaty ride and slow engine response; DSG still not the perfect automatic gearbox; Some interior-quality inconsistencies

Mazda 6
  • Arresting design outside and in; New flagship engine range; Standard active safety tech; Improved comfort and noise suppression

  • Not the last word in rear seat space; No Apple CarPlay/Android Auto for now; Non-turbo 2.5 remains on entry cars; Time for Mazda to extend its warranty?

Hyundai Sonata
  • Excellent road manners; Better cabin design and layout; Metal-for-money equation; Hyundai ownership experience

  • Missing active safety tech; Price gap between Active and Premium; Lack of hybrid

Ford Mondeo
  • Torque delivery is quick and plentiful; Loaded with safety features, technology and space; Still rides nicely with new larger 19-inch alloy wheels

  • Misses out on advanced matrix LED headlight function; Powershift gearbox can be fussy at low speeds; Titanium wagon only available with diesel engine

Medium Cars Over $60k

Mercedes-Benz C200
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  • New 1.5/48V engine may look modest on paper, but it's smooth and punchy; those steering wheel 'touchpads' are a great idea; revised cabin displays and interfaces look the goods

  • Starting pricing has climbed; Some active safety features only on C300 and above; new infotainment is good, but A-Class' MBUX is better...

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

Volkswagen Arteon
  • Eye-catching exterior design; Cavernous rear seat; Liftback practicality; Strong engine and great traction; Keen turn-in; Loaded with technology and features

  • Conventional auto would be a better fit; Throttle response can be found wanting; Solid rather than sparkling dynamics; Interior design needs more flair; HUD execution

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

Alfa Romeo Giulia
  • Ferrari-like dynamics; Superb V6 engine with endless torque, excellent dynamics; Amazing ride quality on all surfaces; Engine note; Excellent package when going flat-out; Unique; Not German

  • Transmission can be better; Interior fit and finish not up to German standards; Infotainment a generation behind rivals; Not German