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Medium Cars Under $60k

Toyota Camry
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  • Fantastic fuel efficiency; Nice design touches inside and out; Quiet and comfortable on the road

  • Some basic safety tech should be standard; Dated native infotainment interface; Paucity of charging options for devices

Volkswagen Passat
  • Excellent ride comfort; Spacious, upmarket interior; Large boot; Strong, flexible engine

  • Standard features good but not outstanding; Higher-than-average servicing costs; Lack of wireless smartphone charging; Not the wagon pick for keener drivers

Mazda 6
  • Assured handling and comfortable ride; Turbo petrol’s mid-range muscle; Atenza cabin looks upmarket; 6’s improved road noise; Equipment level lives up to Atenza’s ‘range-topper’ status

  • Some similarly priced wagons have bigger boots; Older Mazda infotainment system; 6 not as engaging to steer as previous generations; Performance comes with a fuel-economy penalty

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

Subaru Liberty
  • Excellent (expanded) suite of driver-aid tech; Improved connectivity; Smart-looking cabin; Strong engine with effective CVT; Build quality

  • Bouncy country ride; Gluggy steering; Thirsty six-cylinder; Expensive servicing

Medium Cars Over $60k

BMW 3 Series
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  • Spacious and versatile boot; Punchy engine performance...; ...but subtle enough to live with as a daily drive; Impressive and functional technology

  • A few small trim items let the overall presentation down; Abrupt start/stop system; Fidgety urban ride

Mercedes-Benz C200
  • Quiet cabin at highway speeds; Mild hybrid technology offers a new tech dimension for the C-Class; Infotainment upgrade overdue and welcome; Economical in and around the city

  • Over 10 per cent weight increase due to 48V mild hybrid components; Three-year warranty only; COMAND infotainment system not as good as its competitors

Audi A4
  • Good turbo petrol, very good turbo diesel; Attractive, high-quality interior; Family-friendly interior space; A rare mid-size luxury high-riding wagon

  • Some driver-assistance systems should be standard; Backward step for infotainment; A bit dull to drive; Q5 boot is bigger and more versatile

Jaguar XE
  • Excellent ride comfort; Fantastic steering and agile handling; Punchy and refined engine; Improved infotainment system

  • Average rear-seat leg room; Small boot for the class; Wireless charging and blind spot should be standard; Limited line-up and V6 gone

Alfa Romeo Giulia
  • The balance between ride quality and handling is near perfect; every drive is an experience and it feels special; beautiful styling matches the performance on offer

  • Brakes take some getting used to at low speed around town; second row space is tight and might count against family buyers; traditional auto isn't quite as smooth as the very best