We choose the best new cars to land on our shores in 2021 and there are some amazing packets that can take the top gong.
This year was a watershed moment for the car industry. After more than a century of focusing on internal combustion engines, the focus has shifted to electric propulsion. Electric vehicles may account for less than 2 per cent of new car sales in Australia, but they will inevitably fill the future driveway.
To that end, we plan to crown our first EV of the year, as well as our overall Car of the Year.
Five cars will compete for the EV of the Year and two of them will compete in the main competition, with five competing against the traditionally driven cars for the overall title of News Corporation Car of the Year.
The 2021 class covers many market segments but not the popular dual-cab units, as there was no fresh metal worthy of final cuts this year.
Expensive machines such as the Toyota Land Cruiser, Mercedes S-Class and BMW M3 have not been cut.
Other affordable cars worth noting include the Hyundai i20 N, Toyota GR Yaris and Skoda Scala.
Here are our five traditional finals.
Europe’s best-selling car is more than a benchmark for the hatchback class – a benchmark for the car industry as a whole.
VW’s eighth-generation Golf throws off the divisive dual-clutch auto of previous models while switching to the excellent touch-sensitive cockpit, offering new levels of connectivity and user-friendliness. Largely based on Golf 7 – a car that won our title in 2013 – the new model takes golf to new heights.
Power comes from a turbo petrol engine that combines impressive performance with efficiency.
The cabin features first-screen digital displays and first-class driver assistance technology previously limited to ,000 100,000-plus luxury cars, as well as features such as three-zone climate control, wireless phone charging and smartphone mirroring. The catch is that it is more expensive than ever, and Volkswagen also says that its relevance is declining as Australia attracts SUVs.
With a transfer to Subaru Liberty history, the five-door outback wagon carries the flag for loyal Subaru families. The latest model is a winner, with ample ground clearance, suitable all-wheel-drive system and useful driver assistance technology for both tarmac and gravel.
Priced at around $ 50,000 drive-away on the mid-range Sport Trim, Subaru’s impressive arsenal of driver-assist technology in a relatively affordable outback features a huge 11.6-inch touchscreen display. It is also plentiful, generously appointed and uses clever facial recognition in interesting ways. It will identify which driver’s wheel is slipping behind and adjust the climate and performance settings accordingly. On the road it will show signs of drowsiness and will warn you if you take your eyes off the road. It also has limousine-like ride comfort, easy to soak bumps and corrugations. But average engines and sometimes dodgy transmissions can detract from that potential.
Once famous for discounted drive-away deals, Kia now enjoys long waiting lists for flagship models as customers click through a combination of its quality and price.
Following in the wheeltrack of impressive Kia Sorento, who finished second in last year’s Car of the Year, the new Sportage is our choice of the latest mid-SUV contenders in 2021, with a combination of first-class interior presentation, impressive standard features and sharp looks with seven. – Year warranty. It’s bigger than ever, with enough rear foot room and cargo space for some motorists to reconsider the need for a larger class of car.
Customers will now be able to choose between petrol or diesel engines, fuel efficient hybrid versions will be delayed until next year. Price increases will expand customer loyalty and hurt its prospects, though.
Toyota Kluger Hybrid
With year-long lines for our 2019 Car of the Year, Toyota’s RAV4 hybrid, the brand suggests a strong understanding of what drivers want. Larger than the RAV4, this seven-seater Kluger hybrid makes for families with large body-borrowing versatility based on its appeal.
The optional switch to the sophisticated four-cylinder hybrid unit from the Thirst V6 engine delivers inner-city fuel consumption to rival smaller hatchbacks for a smaller premium. And it’s safer than ever, thanks to the added front-center airbags with new driver assistance features. Wider than its predecessor, Kluger has strong resale prices and excellent in-class running costs, making it a winner for many customers. But the sheer size of the Kluger can count against it on the road, where Nimble is best driven by cars.
There is nothing better than moving people to move people. And on balance, there’s no better mover than the new Kia Carnival.
In addition to the much improved styling, the standard kit’s laundry-list and the full space, we think Carnival is a better bet than four-wheel-drives for most eighty families. Oversized touchscreen with heated and airy seats, powered doors and Bose stereo win points, while the long-legged diesel engine option makes it a definite option for extended road trips. The new machine is really a great car with very few weaknesses – it’s not exactly cheap and doesn’t run like a sports car – and the school-run car park looks harder than most machines.
We are prepared to ignore the sliding door and the doggy image of countless cupholders in favor of its practical appeal, even though many fashion-conscious mom-dad motorists do not see it as a second look.