Australia’s Top 10 Selling Cars

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In 2018 alone, Australians bought over 1.1 million new vehicles (Motoring, January 2019). With more than 60 brands and 400-plus models competing in the Australian car market, it is no surprise that you’re confused about which car would best suit your lifestyle (9news, June 2018).

If you’re planning on heading out and buying a new car either this month or in the near future, here’s some inspiration in the form of Australia’s top 10 selling cars (Canstar Blue, July 2019).

1.      Toyota HiLux

Type of vehicle: Mid-size ute
Price Range: $20,000 – $60,000 depending on model and specifications
(Carsguide, 2019)
Estimated annual running costs (Fuel and Servicing*): $2,864
(AutoTrader, 2019)
Best for: Individuals who need a pickup for work, families who love camping & road trips

The Toyota HiLux offers you a great deal of flexibility in a vehicle. Useful as both a family vehicle as well as for individuals owing to the five seats and the sizeable truck area to the rear, this car also offers excellent towing capability, making it ideal both for road trips as well as for hooking a boat or caravan trailer on the back and hitting the highway.

2.      Ford Ranger

Type of vehicle: Mid-size ute
Price Range: $28,000 – $76,000 depending on model and specifications
(Carsguide, 2019)
Estimated annual running costs (Fuel and Servicing*): $1,686
(AutoTrader, 2019)
Best for: Individuals who need a ute for work, families who love camping & road trips

A similar vehicle to the Toyota HiLux, with added features such as water wading for those who involve added adventure to their road trips, the Ford Ranger is a great buy that will initially cost you more in terms of purchase price, but may save you money in running costs in the longer term.

3.      Hyundai i30

Type of vehicle: Small family car
Price Range: $18,000 – $50,000 depending on model and specifications
(Carsguide, 2019)
Estimated annual running costs (Fuel and Servicing*): $1,788
(AutoTrader, 2019)
Best for: Families

If you’re in the market for a small family car and are mindful of budget and running costs, then there aren’t many better than the Hyundai i30. Called “the new benchmark of small cars” by Practical Motoring, the Hyundai i30 is available in three and five door variants, with higher specification models for those who love the car itself and have a higher budget for added design features and functions.

4.      Toyota Corolla

Type of vehicle: Compact car – hatchback and sedan models available
Price Range: $21,000 – $32,000 depending on model and specifications
(Carsguide, 2019)
Estimated annual running costs (Fuel and Servicing*): $1,807
(AutoTrader, 2019)
Best for: City living, individuals and families

The Toyota Corolla has been one of the world’s most popular cars for over 45 years, and is hugely popular in Australia. A flexible car in terms of the range of design features and functions it provides, whether you’re an individual looking for a new car and want something that can be everything from smart and slick to sporty, or a family looking for a vehicle that won’t smash your household budget, this is a great car to consider.

5.      Mazda CX-5

Type of vehicle: Mid-size family SUV
Price Range: $30,000 – $51,000 depending on model and specifications
(Carsguide, 2019)
Estimated annual running costs (Fuel and Servicing*): $1,718
(AutoTrader, 2019)
Best for: Families

The Mazda CX-5 is a premium-looking car that won’t blow a hole in your purchase budget or in terms of the annual costs. Ideal for driving around the city and then hitting the road at the weekend, if you’re looking for an SUV type family car this one ticks more boxes than most of the other models available.

6.      Kia Cerato

Type of vehicle: Compact car
Price Range: $20,000 – $32,000 depending on model and specifications
(Carsguide, 2019)
Estimated annual running costs (Fuel and Servicing*): $2,101
(AutoTrader, 2019)
Best for: Families, single professionals

In a similar manner to the Mazda 3, the Kia Cerato is a versatile vehicle that can be used to look sharp through the week while doubling as a family car at the weekend. The Kia Cerato 2019 model is designed for people looking for design, a car with more space and trunk and a fuel-efficient engine (News Beezer, November 2018). Like the Mazda 3 and the Toyota Corolla, the Kia Cerato is available in hatchback and sedan models.

7.      Mazda 3

Type of vehicle: Compact car – hatchback and sedan models available
Price Range: $25,000 – $38,000 depending on model and specifications
(Carsguide, 2019)
Estimated annual running costs (Fuel and Servicing*): $1,500
(AutoTrader, 2019)
Best for: Families, but can also be used as an “executive” style car

If you’re looking for a vehicle that will fit in with your colleagues when parking at the office, but that also allows you to drive your family around in style at the weekend, then the Mazda 3 is a great choice. The updated 2019 models are in showrooms across Australia now, and the extra few thousand dollars you’ll pay in comparison to a Toyota Corolla will quickly pay for itself in fuel savings if you drive a lot of kilometres.

8.      Toyota LandCruiser

Type of vehicle: Off-road vehicle, full-size SUV
Price Range: $53,000 – $120,000 depending on model and specifications
(Carsguide, 2019)
Estimated annual running costs (Fuel and Servicing*): $2,897
(AutoTrader, 2019)
Best for: Families and adventurers

The Toyota LandCruiser is a must for adventurous individuals and families. With the ability to take you wherever you want to go either on or off road, it’s at the higher end of the scale in terms of price, but if you believe in the old adage that “you get what you pay for”, you won’t be disappointed in your investment in this car.

9.      Toyota Prado

Type of vehicle: Full-size four-wheel drive SUV
Price Range: $53,000 – $83,000 depending on model and specifications
(Carsguide, 2019)
Estimated annual running costs (Fuel and Servicing*): $2,209
(AutoTrader, 2019)
Best for: Families and adventurers

The Toyota Prado is actually part of the Land Cruiser family, but the higher specification models and the annual running costs won’t be as budget busting as its big brother. The price difference at the higher end of the scale is primarily down to engine size, but the Prado definitely has enough about it to get you across Australia whether you be travelling off-road or with a trailer on the back.

10. Hyundai Tucson

Type of vehicle: Compact crossover SUV
Price Range: $24,000 – $54,000 depending on model and specifications
(Carsguide, 2019)
Estimated annual running costs (Fuel and Servicing*): $2,018
(AutoTrader, 2019)
Best for: Families and adventurers

In much the same way the i30 is great if you want a family car on a budget, the Tucson is ideal if you’re looking for something bigger but still compact in its own way. Where this SUV really comes into its own as a car is in the storage space available. The front passenger seat can be placed flat so trips to the furniture store mean you can take your purchases home with you rather than having to pay delivery costs, while like most SUV’s it will take you wherever you want to go across Australia.

Which Car Is for You?

Whether you want to choose one of Australia’s top 10 selling cars as your next vehicle, or have your eye on another make and model of car, there is plenty of choice for you to pick the ideal car for you based on your needs and circumstances.

From basic models to those packed full of custom features and functions, whether you need a small family car or an all-singing, all-dancing ute, you’re sure to find a car to suit you.

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* Fuel consumption costs shown are an estimation only, based on 15,000kms per year and unleaded $1.45 or Diesel $1.4 fuel pricing, and calculated and provided by the autotrader.com.au website.

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