With 2018 now upon us, many manufacturers are offering plate clearances on 2017 plated models. The end of a calendar year and the weeks that follow can be a fantastic time to purchase a car.
Here are some award-winning cars from 2017 that you might be able to get at an extra special rate in early 2018. All cars featured in this article won category awards in the Drive Motoring best cars of 2017.
Best Small Car
The Hyundai i30 has been no stranger to car awards now for several years. This time it took out the 2017 Best Small Car award for the Hyundai i30 SR. This i30 model has a beautiful design, seat heating and cooling, vast panoramic sunroof, sporty black roof lining and keyless entry and ignition.
It is very quiet on the road and has lots of features including autonomous braking, Apple CarPlay and a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty.
If you are interested in a fuel-efficient car that is small but still comfortable it’s a vehicle well worth considering.
Best City SUV
The Suzuki Vitara successfully triumphed the Best City SUV award. Vitara has a good interior space and has a remarkable off-road performance for an SUV.
It has a handful of features that make this SUV an excellent choice for practicality. The luggage area has wet-gear storage under the floor and deep side pockets. Although SUVs are popular for city driving, the Vitara also performs well off road if you get the urge to get off the beaten track.
Best Family Car
The vehicle declared a perfect match to Australian families is the Skoda Superb Wagon. Skoda Superb has taken the award by covering everything that is essential for a family such as plenty of practical space for passengers and cargo.
The Skoda Superb also offers great engine efficiency for its size. It has several family-friendly features like three-zone climate control, rain-sensing wipers with heated washer jets, electrically adjustable and heated side mirrors, and heat-insulating tinted glass.
The Ford Ranger again owns the Best Ute category. The Ford Ranger XLT beat the VW Amarok V6 to take out this category.
This dual-cab workhorse is again top dog thanks to its power and off-road talent. It is also proving to be a popular option in Australia as an alternative to modern SUVs.
Best Four-Wheel Drive
The Ford Everest 2017 gained the Best Four-Wheel Drive award. The Everest has an impressive off-road performance and a very comfortable interior with seven seats and dual-zone climate control.
You may notice several similarities with the Ford Ranger. The Everest was designed and developed in Australia and heavily influenced by the Ranger.
In addition to the mod-cons of moderns 4WDs, the Everest comes with conversational voice recognition with Australian accent-specific calibration.
Best Safety Innovation
Volvo has long performed well in having a brand with a reputation for safety. They have done it again here by winning the Best Safety Innovation award with the Volvo XC60.
The XC60 helps the driver avoid accidents or collisions with its Oncoming Lane Mitigation system. The new technology helps steer drivers back into their lanes if the car detects oncoming traffic. A technology that will likely be seen in an increasing number of modern vehicles.
Volvo has announced this system is part of their goal to eliminate fatalities in its new cars by 2020.
The Green Innovation category aims to elect the cars that contribute to the goal of achieving less harmful impacts to the environment.
In order to help to reduce CO2 emissions, Mazda has created a new engine system that allows the new Skyactiv-X to consume way less fuel without affecting its performance on roads.
This particular car may not be high on your buying list but it goes to show that Mazda is still working hard to improve the technology and performance of all their vehicles.
Best Concept Car
Another vehicle that is perhaps too quirky to ever become a mainstream hit, is the new Volkswagen’s I.D. Buzz. Nevertheless, this renaissance model of one of the most iconic VW models features an incredible retro design as well as innovative technology. The new and refreshed Kombi was named the Best Concept Car of 2017 and will be hitting our roads by 2021. So you’ll have to be patient if you want to grab your surfboard and go on a road trip with your friends in one of these.
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