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Medium Cars Under $60k

Toyota Camry
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  • Solid technology and convenience inclusions at this pricepoint; Surprisingly enjoyable and cheap-to-run powertrain; Wonderful ride quality

  • Not many power outlets; Transmission tunnel on a front-wheel-drive car?; Climate control would be a nice addition

Volkswagen Passat
  • Golf R-like performance from a humble family wagon; Superb ride characteristics; Spacious and beautifully-appointed interior

  • Still no DAB radio in high-end VW product; Or wireless phone charging; Some might want more aural theatre

Mazda 6
  • Plush, luxe and comfy – even as a base model; Surprisingly sharp value; Generously proportioned interior

  • Too thirsty around town for such modest engine outputs; Ageing infotainment platform looks tired and lacks processor performance; Rear seat access stymied by swooping design

Hyundai Sonata
  • Exterior styling is sharp and attractive; Cabin execution is excellent; Engine and gearbox are sporty and punchy

  • Can torque steer out of sharp corners; Has the on-sale delay taken some of the steam out of the market?; Pricing puts it at the more expensive end of the segment

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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  • BMW's performance engine is exceptional; Interior is plush and luxurious; Positioning in its line-up and in its segment is spot-on

  • Handling could be improved; Plenty of options could easily make it even pricier; Legacy three-year warranty

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
  • Brilliant and effortless tourer; Comfortable, easy to live with, and enjoyable enough behind the wheel; Assistance technology well integrated

  • Assistance technology really should be standard though - especially on a $70k car; Not as fuel efficient as you'd expect of a Euro-diesel; Good but not great around town

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
  • Styling execution is stunning in the metal; Drive experience of this model is enjoyable and engaging; Value equation is stronger than ever now

  • Second-row space is tight; Some elements of the cabin layout don't match the best in segment; Three-year warranty needs to be longer