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Australia's best value premium sedan 2019 winner

By James Whitbourn, Alex Rae and Andy Enright, 18 Jun 2019 Best Value Cars

Australia's best value premium sedan 2019 winner

What is the best value premium sedan you can buy in Australia?

>Best value car award

Wheels' Gold Star car award uses data such as depreciation and running costs to calculate what the best value new cars in eight different segments are. To understand how we calculate the numbers and what considerations were put into the algorithm, read the 2019 Gold Star Car Award 101 here.  

The top 3 premium sedan contenders

  • Lexus IS 300h 

  • Audi A4 35 TFSI

  • Mercedes-Benz C200

What the numbers said

A recurring theme for winners in our GSC categories is that they’re the most affordable of the top three finalists. Not so the Lexus IS 300h. Splitting the difference in price to the Audi and Benz, the IS 300h claws back points with its efficient hybrid drivetrain, longer warranty period, and reasonable insurance cost.

In contrast to the usual three-year warranty offered in the premium segment, Lexus offers a longer four-year term for added peace of mind, and it again splits the Germans with a comprehensive insurance quote at $949 per year. Besting the Audi and Lexus’s 12 month/15,000km service interval, the Mercedes wins with a longer 25,000km period, despite housing a sophisticated 48-volt hybrid system.

The Audi scores a solid point for its lower depreciation, dropping $27,489 over three years.

Wheels' pick

Lexus IS 300h

The IS 300 might cost nearly $6K more than the fine-driving Audi A4, but its combination of extensive standard spec, decent dynamics, hybrid thrift and four-year warranty are sufficient to earn it the Wheels pick.