Car of the Year

Wheels Car of the Year is Australia’s most coveted motoring award. Inaugurated in 1963, it is the world's longest continuously running motoring prize for excellence. 

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Kia Stinger: 2018 Car of the Year Finalist

Kia’s gamble on the appeal of a liftback, rear-drive sports sedan ticks a lot of boxes with the 2018 Wheels Car of the Year judges

Alfa Romeo Giulia: 2018 Car of the Year Finalist

Alfa’s comeback kid represents a return to form for an iconic Italian brand, and has the skills to earn a place on this year’s COTY shortlist. I...

2018 Car of the Year: Readers' choice

What’s your Car of the Year? Vote for your chance to win a $500 Visa card

2018 Wheels Car of the Year: The judging panel

These are the seven judges who drove the cars, crunched the numbers, argued the toss and drank bad coffee for a week so you don’t have to

2018 Wheels Car of the Year: How it all works

Think we just sit around and pick a favourite? There’s a lot more to a COTY champ than that

Wheels Car of the Year: Class of 2018

A tough pre-cull pares down the field for the 2018 Wheels Car of the Year

2018 Wheels Car of the Year: The contenders

One of Australia’s cheapest cars is in the running for this year’s award – and a surprise entry from an Aussie hero. What else makes the cut?

Volvo S90: 2017 Car of the Year contender

Swedish seduction and safety can only go so far.

Toyota Prius: 2017 Car of the Year contender

Incremental gains meet some backwards moves

Skoda Superb: 2017 Car of the Year contender

Mostly well done, but dynamically under-cooked.

Renault Megane: 2017 Car of the Year contender

Offers limited resistance to Golf’s dominance.

Renault Koleos: 2017 Car of the Year contender

Space is the only real frontier in this profoundly un-French SUV.

Porsche 718 Boxster: 2017 Car of the Year contender

A progressive, persuasive – but expensive –nod to Stuttgart’s past … and future.

Mini Clubman: 2017 Car of the Year contender

Being a more ‘maxi’ mini is no bad thing; it’s more the perception of what constitutes ‘premium'.

Mercedes-Benz GLC: 2017 Car of the Year contender

Premium SUV demands you spend up on suspension tech iF you want to avoid struggle-street ride.