Best in Class

In addition to the Car of the Year, there are nine additional categories that members of the Motoring Writers’ Guild will vote for. Where the Car of the Year is chosen from cars released into the New Zealand market in the previous twelve months, these “Best in Class” categories are selected from all cars currently on sale in New Zealand. In addition, the special safety award will be given to the vehicle with the top ANCAP score during the year.

The 2016 Best in Class are:

• Small car – Holden Spark
• Compact car – Honda Civic
• Medium/Large car – Skoda Superb
• Luxury car – Mercedes-Benz E-Class
• Small SUV – Mazda CX-3
• Medium SUV – Volkswagen Tiguan
• Large SUV – Mazda CX-9
• Luxury SUV – Volvo XC90
• Utility – Ford Ranger
• Sports/Performance – Ford Mustang GT
• Safest car – Mercedes-Benz GLC