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The 2013 That Was

Part 3: Top Ten Reviews Of 2013


This week, we pulled out the old calculator and charged ourselves with the arduous task of converting a year's worth of data into a list of the most-viewed reviews here at TheMotorReport.com.au.

Determined to discover which of our new-car reviews have sparked the most interest with readers and buyers, we rolled the sleeves up and got to work. (Then I pointed the team to the page that actually lists the most popular reviews... - Ed.)

There were plenty of new models to test this year, and your top-ten reflects everything from the large Holden VF Commodore to the light Mitsubishi Mirage hatch.

But it was the three-pointed star that won the prize for the most popular review in 2013, with the Mercedes-Benz A 250 Sport. Holden’s updated and locally-tuned Cruze range rounded out the top-ten.

So, here they are: TMR's top ten reviews of 2013 based on their popularity among you, our readers. (And keep an eye out for our coming Best Buys list, which we'll publish in the new year.)

1. 2013 Mercedes-Benz A 250 Sport Review

A proper hot-hatch from Mercedes-Benz, kicking off at $49,990? Little wonder, then, that it was our most popular review for 2013.

With a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 155kW and 350Nm, a 6.6 second 0-100km/h time, five doors and a ‘Benz badge, the A 250 Sport proved a compelling buy.

For those after more performance (and fatter wallets), our road and track review of the $74,900 2013 Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG also proved popular. Check it out.


2. 2013 Mitsubishi Mirage Review

Proving that price remains a major motivator in every purchase, the 2013 Mitsubishi Mirage with its $12,990 drive-away entry price was our 2nd most popular review for the year.

It’s been nine years since the popular first-generation Mirage was last offered in Australia, and the new model offers better value for money, great fuel economy and one of the lowest new-car prices on the market.


3. 2013 Volkswagen Golf 7 Review

With a bigger and better all-new platform, new engine options and a $21,490 starting price, there’s not much to dislike about the new Golf; plus it’s a good drive.

Yes, "classy German elegance in an affordable small car" has proven a winning formula for Australian buyers.


4. 2013 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Starting at $35,600 and packing a reversing camera, Bluetooth, active parking assist, nine airbags and automatic transmission, the new A-Class has proved popular in the overpopulated Australian market.

BMW and Audi also took notice, cutting the prices of their entry-level 1 Series and A3 models to match the A 180 opener.


5. 2013 Toyota RAV4 Launch

Toyota, Suzuki, Subaru and others still argue over who ‘invented’ the compact SUV, but Toyota can at least boast that its all-new RAV4 got the most attention from TMR readers in 2013.

Apart from new styling, the big news for the 2013 model was the introduction of a diesel engine - at the expense of the previous model's V6 petrol option.


6. 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Elite CRDi Off Road Review

There’s nothing like challenging the claims of a carmaker when it slaps the ‘all-wheel-drive SUV’ tag on one its vehicles.

In the case of the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Elite CRDi, that’s exactly what we did - though a light-duty off-roader, we put its capabilities to the test with a heavy-duty challenge on sand.

We were surprised by how well it did. Interestingly, our successful sand test in the Santa Fe caught the attention of Landcruiser, Patrol, Rodeo and Wrangler owners who had all found trouble on the same section of beach.


7. 2013 Mazda6 Launch

Sneaking into your top-ten is the 2013 Mazda6 - even though we first drove the new medium Mazda in December 2012.

The all-new styling looks the goods, while the new 2.2 litre diesel and 2.5 petrol engine options both put up strong arguments.

As the only 2012 model to feature in our 2013 top ten reviews, you clearly agree.


8. Five-Way 2013 Medium SUV Comparison Review

Midway through the year, we took five popular SUVs in the medium segment and pitted them against each other in a five-way comparison.

The five contenders were the Ford Kuga Trend, Honda CR-V VTi-S, Mazda CX-5 Maxx Sport, Subaru Forester 2.5i and the Toyota RAV4 GXL.

When the dust had settled, it was the Mazda CX-5 that emerged victorious. To find out how we ranked the other four SUVs, check out our comparison.


9. 2013 Holden VF Commodore Review

You may be asking why the 2013 Holden VF Commodore only made it into 9th spot in your top-ten list of reviews for the year.

Put simply, we published eleven combined Holden VF Commodore and HSV Gen-F reviews in 2013, rather than one all-encompassing review (we’re very thorough at TMR).

It was the SV6, SS, Evoke Ute and Calais review that got the most attention, while the SS-V Redline sedan and ute track review wasn’t far behind.

To check out all of our 2013 Holden VF Commodore reviews, click here.


10. 2013 Holden Cruze Launch

Rounding out the top-ten for 2013 is the Holden Cruze launch review.

At the time, we were properly keen to test out the new locally-tuned suspension, MyLink infotainment system and 1.6 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine for the first time.

While it looks similar on the outside, the 2013 Cruze is leagues better than its predecessor, but sales were still down 15.8 percent for the year to the end of November.

The SRi variant is a proper sports bargain, and the updated range gave hope to the continuing presence of Holden in Australia as a local manufacturer. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be…

MORE: Australia's Major New Passenger Car Launches
MORE: Australia's Big New Performance And Lifestyle Launches

 

STILL TO COME:

  • Movement And Shaking In Industry And Government
  • Biggest Global Unveilings And What's To Come In 2014

Stay tuned...

 
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