Car of the Year

Wheels Car of the Year is Australia’s most coveted motoring award. It was inaugurated in 1963. None of the world’s motoring prizes for excellence has had a longer continuous run.

Conceived to encourage Australian makers to build better cars, Car of the Year was expanded in 1976 to include fully imported vehicles.

Notionally, Wheels Car of the Year anoints only one winner. There is no second place, no consolation prize, and no ensemble of category-specific trophies.

However, there have been four years in which joint winners were announced, and three in which the award was withheld - on the grounds that no car deserved it.

Shortlisted cars and the winner are announced each year in January. Cars eligible are new or significantly revised models introduced over the previous year.

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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.

Mercedes C-Class Coupe: 2017 Car of the Year contender

Lots of goodness; it just doesn’t run range-deep.

Kia Sportage: 2017 Car of the Year contender

Comes of age, but game has moved on, too

Jaguar F-Pace: 2017 Car of the Year contender

Cat shown flap: insufficient advancement of breed.

Infiniti Q30 / QX30: 2017 Car of the Year contender

Mercedes-Benz mutation fails evolutionary test

Jaguar XF: 2017 Car of the Year contender

Brilliant chassis, but timid design and outrageous pricing neutered this cat

Hyundai Elantra: 2017 Car of the Year contender

SR spend brings value beyond base Spec

Honda NSX: 2017 Car of the Year contender

Rising sun’s reborn supercar plots assault with battery, but doesn’t electrify all judges