Herald Sun - Motoring - - COVER STORY -

AS al­ways, some no­table name­plates are miss­ing from this year’s con­test.

The Ford Mus­tang tops the list. An 18-month wait­ing list proves the pop­u­lar­ity of the first fac­tory right-hand drive Mus­tang, and it also looks tough, but the cabin is cheap and it’s not good enough as a drive.

Holden fails with the Colorado and Trail­blazer, which are well equipped but ham­strung by cheap plas­tics in the cabin. The Spark, a top lit­tle car, is too ex­pen­sive.

The Skoda Su­perb is a great car but we are con­cerned about re­sale value and own­er­ship costs.

Hyundai’s Elantra is good but not as good as a Mazda3.

The Toy­ota Prius is not nearly good enough when the hy­brid Corolla sta­ble­mate does the same job for a lot less money. The BMW M2 is fan­tas­tic to drive but too pricey and not as user-friendly as an Audi RS3.

The new Re­naults for 2016, the Me­gane and Koleos, are sig­nif­i­cantly bet­ter than pre­vi­ous it­er­a­tions but can’t trou­ble the class lead­ers.

Good though it is, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe is not great, or great look­ing. Volvo’s S90, a good ef­fort, won’t trou­ble the Ger­mans’ best . .........

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