The compact Holden Spark packs in a range of features including personalisation options and a low price tag. Last year Mazda had three models vying for attention in the top 10 and this year remains represented with its CX-9 seven seater. It’s joined by the Suzuki Vitara, Kia Sportage, Subaru Levorg and Honda Civic.
Last year’s New Zealand Car of the Year went to the BMW i3.
A judging panel of members of the NZMWG, plus representatives from the AA, met on Monday this week to decide the final 10 for the New Zealand Car of the Year.
The New Zealand Motoring Writers’ Guild president, Liz Dobson, was impressed with the variety of vehicles in the top 10.
“Despite it being a relatively quiet year in terms of new vehicles being launched here, there was robust debate by the panel to decide the final vehicles as all of the contenders were strong candidates,” Ms Dobson says.
“We had products that covered the spectrum, not only in categories but prices too. You just need to look at the final 10 to see the variety – there’s a $16,490 hatchback and also one of the technologically advanced vehicles in the world.”
Ms Dobson said there was no surprise that SUVs made up the majority of the final 10.