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Large cars $45K to $65K: Australia’s Best Value Cars

By James Whitbourn, 14 Nov 2016 Best Value Cars

Large cars $45K to $65K: Australia’s Best Value Cars

Cars at this level need to tick a few boxes to deliver on value. Introducing Hyundai Genesis, Ford G6E and Holden Calais

Cars at this level need to tick a few boxes to deliver on value.

Hyundai Genesis

We bumped the category ceiling for 2016 to give every large car on sale the chance to excel. The thing with letting pricier cars in is that they’re unlikely to do well. Depreciation usually ends their hopes by making the cost of three-year ownership too high – which makes the Hyundai limo’s gold all the more impressive. At $61,500, it’s more than $10K costlier than its nearest rival, yet a retained value of 52 percent means it actually costs less after three years. Thirsty in the grand scheme but not by class standards at 11.2L/100km, the 3.8-litre V6 makes up some ground by happily slurping regular unleaded petrol. And, in this category, no brand can top its five-year/unlimited-kilometre warranty.

Ford G6E Turbo

2016-Ford -G6E-Turbo -large -car -sideThe least thrifty of our medallists but by far the quickest, the Ford G6E Turbo edged out its Holden arch-rival by being less costly to buy, with a longer service interval.

Holden Calais V

2016-Holden -Calais -large -car -sidePetrol V6 Calais V is the miser of the category, yet narrowly cedes second to the Blue Oval alternative as a result of its odd nine-month service interval.


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