Drive Car of the Year 2024 – Winners announced

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Car Of The Year

Drive Car of the Year is the most comprehensive new car awards program in the country – find all winners across all categories here.


Welcome to Drive Car of the Year for 2024!

After months of testing and assessing the near 400 new cars available in Australia, today we are announcing all the Drive Car of the Year 2024 category winners in one hit.

The overall Drive Car of the Year 2024 winner will be announced tonight on A Current Affair at 7:00 pm. Stay tuned!

There are 18 categories spanning every crucial buyer segment. We’ll begin the announcement at 10:00 am today and keep updating this page with a new winner every few minutes – so keep hitting refresh to see how the results land.

Best Urban Car under $30K – Volkswagen Polo

The Volkswagen Polo leans toward the “premium” level in terms of interior feel and finish, while its driving experience is as polished as they come.

Best Urban Car under $50K – Volkswagen Golf

The Volkswagen Golf is the most successful nameplate in Drive Car of the Year history, with 11 awards to its name, and the current car is the best version yet. If you don’t know what all the fuss is about, maybe now is the time you took up Golf?

Best Small SUV under $50K – Hyundai Kona

The Kona takes the Small SUV genre to new heights and proves that great things do come in small packages.

Best Small SUV under $80K – Volvo XC40

When you factor in the premium aspiration of the intended buyer, as well as the expectation of safety, quality and practicality, the Volvo XC40 is the undisputed winner of this tightly contested award.

Best Medium SUV under $50K – Honda CR-V

The new Honda CR-V brings a trusted brand back to the peak of family practicality, functionality and quality. It’s a car that ticks all the right boxes for Australian families in 2024, and proves that Honda is well and truly back in the game.

Best Medium SUV under $80K – Lexus NX

The Lexus NX is a capable, practical family car that still allows its owner to feel special, from its elevated interior to Lexus’ numerous ownership perks. This is what family prestige is all about.

Best Large SUV under $80K – Toyota Kluger

The hybrid powertrain is its trump card, further cementing the Kluger’s status as a standout choice in the competitive family truckster field.

Best Family Car under $80K – Kia Carnival

Kia’s Carnival has set the benchmark for ultimate family motoring once again in 2024.

Best Luxury Car under $100K – Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Against undeniably high quality, high-tech, fully electric competition, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class lays down a marker as the most competent luxury car under $100,000.

Best Luxury SUV under $150K – Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

The new Mercedes-Benz GLC exudes every aspect that buyers demand from a prestige car purchase – cabin technology, sophisticated looks, high-end materials, and a cracking powertrain.

Best Off-Road SUV under $80K – Ford Everest

The win boils down to Everest’s ability to be a comfortable and practical family hauler – with plenty of nice touches for everyday use – while also being a confident and capable off-roader.

Best Luxury Off-Road SUV under $150K – Land Rover Defender

The inherent engineering brilliance of the Defender is evident through the driving experience, ride quality, interior design, and off-road capability.

Best Dual-Cab Ute under $50K – SsangYong Musso

The SsangYong Musso is proof that ute buyers looking for value don’t need to miss out on equipment, space, comfort or refinement.

Best Dual-Cab Ute over $50K – Ford Ranger

This win is testament to the high level of engineering and development that went into this generation of Ford Ranger – most of which was carried out in Australia.

Best Electric Vehicle under $50K – MG4

The MG 4 is a capable, comfortable and compelling electric car. In a market where buyers have been waiting for affordable electric cars, MG has delivered.

Best Urban Electric Vehicle under $100K – Tesla Model 3

The Tesla Model 3 all but defined the world of electric vehicles we know today, and with a sharper new look and impressive updates, it just shifted the benchmark again.

Best Family Electric Vehicle under $100K – Kia EV9

That the Kia EV9 delivers full electric motoring for tomorrow’s Australian family, today is one thing, that it turns heads everywhere it goes is another. The future has arrived.

Best Luxury Electric Vehicle under $150K – BMW iX

With a cabin that that pampers occupants with a plush and quiet environment, the BMW iX experience is only enhanced by excellent, and highly capable, road manners.

With over 20 years of experience in digital publishing, James Ward has worked within the automotive landscape since 2007 and brings experience from the publishing, manufacturer and lifestyle side of the industry together to spearhead Drive’s multi-media content direction.

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