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Best Used Cars in Australia

Disclaimer: Data on this website was sourced from Canstar in September 2020 from their latest available data. Cheap Cars Melbourne does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the data and accepts no liability whatsoever arising from or connected in any way to the use or reliance upon this data.

Finding a make and model with the features, performance, comfort, functionality, and affordability you want is the next step after deciding on the type and size of the vehicle you want.

In order to compile a list of the greatest automobiles in Australia, we used the most recent customer satisfaction data from Canstar. We are conscious that the term "best" can be subjective at best; everyone has different notions of what constitutes a fantastic car.

Best Small Cars

#1. Mazda 3


With popularity, it's challenging to argue. With approximately 25,000 sales in 2019, the Mazda 3 is a consistent best-seller.

Why is it so well-liked? In terms of safety, it receives top marks, has a proven track record of dependability, blends technological innovation with usable comfort, and drives incredibly well.

When compared to many of its rivals, the steering reaction is remarkable.

The two-litre engine is technically sophisticated and potent enough to give you the impression that you can handle any driving conditions.


  • A quieter ride compared to earlier models
  • Many and modern standard safety features are available
  • Mazda's G-Vectoring Control provides excellent steering control
  • A top-notch multimedia package.


  • The exterior is larger than prior models, but the interior is not
  • There are no air vents or USB outlets in the back seat.

#2. Hyundai i30

The i30 has won Australia's Best Vehicle six times and easily competes with other Australian cars of a comparable size.

Its design, comfort, dependability, and affordability are major contributing factors to its appeal.

It's a hassle-free, simple option with more than enough tech-savvy, useful features to keep all of its rivals on their toes.

An adjustable steering wheel, automatic headlights, a rearview camera, cruise control, a tyre pressure monitor, smartphone connection, and electronic stability control are all included as standard features.

It has seven airbags, provides a smooth, pleasant ride, and has enough room for both passengers and baggage.


  • Proven dependability in Australian driving circumstances
  • A thoughtfully designed interior, and a pleasing exterior
  • Information system that is easy to use.


  • Engine is adequate, not remarkable
  • No satellite navigation system built-in
  • USB ports and rear air vents are required for the back seats.

Best Medium Cars

#1. Hyundai Sonata

Mid-sized sedans occasionally get lost in the mix due to our current infatuation with utes, SUVs, and small, fuel-efficient subcompacts in Australia.

The Sonata is a prime example; even though it now sells less than a thousand units annually in Australia, its annual global sales exceed seven million. This is unfortunate because the vehicle has a lot to offer.

There are plenty of safety features, such as blind-spot monitoring, radar cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, rear cross-traffic alert, auto high beam, and nine airbags.

Bose audio, Bluetooth multi-pairing, full LED headlamps, and twin flat-panel displays are further features.


  • Technology and safety package
  • Interior finish exudes class with clean, modern style and tasteful use of chrome
  • Quiet, cosy and trustworthy.


  • Engine output is a little mediocre
  • In Australia, the tourer wagon and diesel versions have both been discontinued.

#2. BMW 3 Series

It's regrettable that Australia's market for mid-sized premium sedans is decreasing so quickly.

The X5, X3, and X1 are three of BMW's SUV models that are currently more popular in this nation than its sedans.

Nonetheless, the 3 Series is a good option if you appreciate top-notch German engineering, yearn for a luxury sedan, and aren't scared to pay for it.

Both diesel and petrol models are available, and both have an 8-speed paddle shift automatic transmission.

Brembo brakes, 19-inch alloy wheels, Vernasca leather inside trim, active cruise control, steering- and lane-control assistance, and adaptive M suspension are all included as standard in the petrol-powered 330i.


  • BMW riding comfort you've come to expect
  • Large selection of elegant optional extras
  • Outstanding maneuverability and mid-turn grip
  • The most dynamic midsize sedan in the history of the 3 Series.


  • There is no manual transmission available
  • Does not support Android Auto
  • The 320d diesel version lacks full automatic emergency braking.

#3. Toyota Camry

The Toyota Camry has excellent safety features, but it offers much more than just a five-star ANCAP certification.

The Camry thoroughly deserves its spot on the list of top vehicles because of its hybrid powertrain choice and ample interior space.

Although it is technically a medium-sized automobile, the spacious interior will give you the impression that you are riding in something considerably bigger.

It's more enjoyable to drive thanks to improvements over earlier generations (such new soft-touch surfaces for the arm and elbow rests).


  • A roomy interior, and a large boot
  • Vibrant, effective engine
  • A high resale value and a history of dependability
  • Among the safest vehicles you can purchase.


  • Lacks all-wheel drive and has quite old infotainment technology.

Best Large Cars and SUVs

#1. Kia Stinger

Rear-wheel or all-wheel drive, a roomy interior, a reasonable price point, and excellent performance are all features of the Kia Stinger.

The twin-turbo V6 engine produces 272kW of power and can accelerate from 0 to 100 kilometres per hour in 4.9 seconds.

With AEB, blind-spot detection, lane-support systems, and a plethora of other technologically advanced safety features, the 2019 Stinger receives top safety ratings.

The GT is the best of the six options, and it really turns heads. You could do much worse if you want to get rid of your sensible Vehicle and have some fun while driving.


  • Acceleration that is strong and dependable and handles like a real sports sedan
  • Upscale appeal
  • Family-friendly and sensible option that offers outstanding value
  • Voice recognition, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.


  • Poor rear sight due to the small boot
  • The fuel efficiency is only average.

#2. Mazda CX-3

The CH-R is a small SUV that doesn't pull any punches in terms of style, fuel efficiency, or aesthetic appeal.

It features the kind of sporty handling and driver visibility that makes driving enjoyable and is well regarded for comfort, safety, and ease of maintenance.

It offers a spacious interior, a sophisticated appearance, and a comprehensive set of cutting-edge safety measures.

Seven airbags, front collision warning, auto-on/auto-dipping headlights, reversing cameras, front and rear parking sensors, automatic braking, and auto cruise control are all included as standard equipment.


  • Excellent selection of safety technology
  • Decent fuel efficiency for an SUV
  • Beautiful exterior, with a variety of vibrant colours to select from
  • Adapts nicely to standard driving conditions in Australia.


  • Uninspired acceleration
  • No option for all-wheel drive
  • There is substantial cabin wind noise.

#3. Mitsubishi ASX

Young families and car rental firms love the ASX because it has silky-smooth handling and a little bit more interior room than other SUVs in its class.

It is a pleasure to drive both in the city and on less forgiving country roads. It is also reasonably priced, compatible with cellphones and navigation programmes.

The 2020 model, which debuted in late 2019, features an appealing new design, modernised technologies, and engine upgrades.

Popular model with highly competitive safety features like rear cross-traffic alert, auto high lights, pedestrian detection, and lane-keeping technology.


  • Improved exterior styling for a crisper appearance
  • Minimal cost and simple maintenence
  • Enhanced efficiency of the 2.4-litre engine
  • Internet networking and multimedia that is simple to use.


  • Fuel efficiency is average, not outstanding
  • Interior design isn't as modern as other rivals
  • The cabin has some noise.

#4. Toyota RAV4

One of the first medium-sized SUVs to gain significant traction in Australia was the RAV4, which combined cost, safety, and cutting-edge technology.

A rear-view camera, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot warning, and adaptive cruise control are just a few of the navigational aids available to drivers (which helps you maintain a safe gap between you and the vehicle in front).

Excellent visibility is available from the driver's seat.

There are many varieties available for the RAV4 thanks to its six petrol-electric hybrid models; however, the diesel model is no longer offered.

Families will like the roomy 580L boot.


  • A family-friendly vehicle with hybrid power options is offered
  • Available hybrid power options; roomy inside and trunk.


  • More "oomph" might help with acceleration
  • No connectivity for Android Auto.

#5. Mitsubishi Outlander

One of the few mid-sized SUVs with three rows of seating and options for all-wheel or front-wheel drive, diesel, hybrid, or gasoline is the robust Outlander.

It's a totally modern vehicle with plenty of safety equipment and a reputation for durability, with front and back USB connections, touchscreen smartphone integration, and a number of other high-tech innovations.

You'll enjoy the power-adjustable lumbar support for the driver and the tinted windows, and you'll have no trouble navigating the roads thanks to the hill-start assist, dusk-detecting headlights, and rear parking sensors.


  • One of the most reliable, reasonably priced SUVs available
  • Competitive gas mileage
  • A wealth of safety features
  • Optional third-row seating
  • A cutting-edge entertainment system.


  • While accelerating swiftly, the engine may be noisy
  • Children should sit on the third row of seats since it is a little tight.