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Medium Cars Under $60k

Volkswagen Passat
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  • 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

Toyota Camry
  • Well equipped and plush; Improved driving dynamics; Good hybrid and V6 options available; Affordable servicing costs

  • 2.5-litre engine doesn't belong in the SL; Sunroof hurts rear head room; Lane-assist system is rubbish

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

ŠKODA OCTAVIA
  • The practicality and space of a wagon; Mean looks speak of intent; Plenty powerful to hustle along; And plenty comfortable to carry the family; Infotainment system a dream to use; Loaded with safety kit

  • Lacks the noise to match its character; And that noise is piped into the cabin... Boo; Sharp hits can unsettle it; Starting to get pricey

Medium Cars Over $60k

BMW 3 Series
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  • 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

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

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
  • Excellent dynamics; Beautifully quiet at highway speeds; Sumptuous interior; Alfa-ness in spades

  • Engine note a little on the quiet side; Lacks smartphone mirroring tech; Scheduled servicing costs expensive; Thirsty for fuel; Tight back row

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?!