We’re halfway to COTY

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Car News - PAUL POT­TINGER CARS­GUIDE EDI­TOR paul.pot­tinger@cars­guide.com.au

SO there goes an­other fi­nan­cial year. Happy new fi­nan­cial times. Or some­thing.

Aside from its fis­cal fi­nal­ity, the EOFY sig­ni­fies that most dis­agree­able sen­sa­tion of age­ing— an­other cal­en­dar year pass­ing, but pages on the floor and me with no real sense of it hav­ing passed other than a grow­ing moun­tain of 2013

Cars­guide edi­tions on the shelf. As surely as the chill of a win­ter morn the aching joints that go with it, EOFY sig­ni­fies for us Cars­guiders that we’re slightly over halfway to­ward an­other Car of the Year con­test. One gri­maces. One groans.

Surely it’s but a mat­ter of weeks— not seven months— since we last as­sem­bled our 10 fi­nal­ists (plus one last year) to spend days in the brass mon­key pre-dawn of the Blue Moun­tains for photo shoots and end­less in­jec­tions of caf­feine?

Last week I asked the crew to sub­mit a draft of their re­spec­tive first fives or sixes. Don’t take th­ese as given. There’s a great deal more to come in 2013. Not least of th­ese is the new wave of mini SUVs in­clud­ing the Gen­eral Mo­tors twins Holden Trax and Opel Mokka, Ford’s EcoSport and from France, Re­nault’s Cap­tur and Peu­geot’s 2008.

Any of th­ese, and more be­sides, have the ca­pac­ity to be game chang­ers. So only for what it’s worth at this point, this is an as­sort­ment in chrono­log­i­cal or­der of new cars to have ar­rived since De­cem­ber on which I’d spend my money.

Mazda6 diesel ( $40,350+): A

big car in all but clas­si­fi­ca­tion, this de­cid­edly ma­ture Mazda is the most com­pelling rea­son yet to con­sider this model line along­side the A4, 3 Se­ries and C-Class.

Holden Calais V6 ($46,990): The all-round champ of the VFs I’ve driven so far. Touches like head-up dis­play and blindspot warn­ing (nec­es­sary with those tiny mir­rors) are cher­ries atop a rich cake.

Mercedes-Benz A200 or CLA 200 ($40,900 and TBA): The hatch wins to live with, but

to drive it’s a toss up with the out­ra­geously cool four-door coupe.

Holden Cruze SRi (from $22,490): A mid-life, lo­cally en­gi­neered reinvention so thor­ough, so ad­vanced on the pre­vi­ous Cruze that it deserves a new name.

Volk­swa­gen Golf 90 TSI Com­fort­line ($24,990): Not sub­ject to That Re­call, this is a small car with limo-like re­fine­ment and per­fect man­ners.

Kia Rondo SLi diesel

($36,490): The fam­ily car you didn’t know you needed— a good-look­ing prac­ti­cal and de­cent to drive peo­ple-mover.

But, as we, say there’s more to come. Like­wise with pres­tige cars, which we con­sider sep­a­rately. Jaguar’s F-Type will have to be uber spe­cial to up­stage Porsche’s Cay­man S, which makes our five-star max rat­ing seem in­ad­e­quate.

But that’s now. Late Novem­ber’s when. And as a fa­mous man mightn’t have said: ‘‘ We’ll all have passed a lot of wa­ter by then.’’

Twofor won: Last year’s COTY twin win­ners, the

Toy­ota 86 and Subaru’s BRZ

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