Top five cars for 2019 - part two

RACQ Principal Technical Researcher John Ewing reveals his top five vehicles of 2019.

RACQ Principal Technical Researcher and Australia’s Best Car awards judge John Ewing shared his top five cars for 2019.
John said while each of the five cars left their mark, with many taking out top awards at Australia’s Best Cars, it was the BMW 330i that led the pack.

BMW 330i

The BMW 330i set the benchmark for luxury sports sedans in 2019, taking out the title of Best Medium Prestige over $65,000 at the 2019 awards.
John said the 330i’s overall package was so convincing he would happily give one a home.
“The latest generation of the 3-series continues the impressive history of driving pleasure that it's known for in a prestige, mid-size saloon,” he said.
“Impressive performance and efficiency from the 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine, sweet rear-drive chassis balance and comfort make it oh-so easy to live with.”

BMW 330i

Genesis G70 3.3T Ultimate Sport

The Genesis proved to be one of the most surprising drives of the year for John, who said the car was far more refined than its sibling, the Kia Stinger.
“The Genesis G70 3.3T Ultimate Sport is the type of car that should make prestige competitors take notice,” he said.
“Terrific twin-turbo V6, refinement, plenty of equipment, engaging rear-drive dynamics, backed with customer care extras – the Genesis G70 3.3T Ultimate Sport is the real deal.”

BMW M850i Coupe

John said BMW was the car manufacturer that stood out the most in 2019 and could have made a convincing claim for all top five cars.
A close second to the BMW 330i, the BMW M850i Coupe was a standout on the road.
“This vehicle is dubbed by BMW as the ‘epitome of grand touring BMWs’ and it’s hard to disagree,” he said.
“The M850i features a cracking 390kW twin-turbo V8 that sounds good too, xDrive AWD, tenacious grip and unwaveringly obedient steering and chassis.
“It’s not cheap, but it’s high on driving enjoyment.”
Read John’s full review of the BMW M850i Coupe in the Oct/Nov edition of The Road Ahead. 

BMW M650i

Hyundai Santa Fe Highlander

Crowned Best AWD SUV $55k–$70k, the Hyundai Santa Fe Highlander blew the judges away, beating rivals Kia Sorento GT-Line and Volvo XC40 TF Inscription.
“The new model combines all the essentials and desirables for an appealing family SUV – practicality, seven seats, style, creature comforts and advanced safety features,
and comfort,” John said.
“Plus, there’s a torquey diesel and, by SUV standards, it provides an engaging drive experience.”

Hyundai Santa Fe

Toyota GR Supra GTS

Many in the motoring industry were sceptical when Toyota announced it would resurrect the Supra, following the overwhelming success of the Toyota 86.
But despite the initial hesitation, John said the Toyota GR Supra GTS was a triumphant return for the icon which won the award for Best Sports Car $62,000–$125,000.
“The Supra was co-developed with BMW alongside the latest Z4 but with Toyota’s own interpretation,” he said.
“It’s a classic two-seat sports car with striking looks, a delightfully gutsy 3.0-litre turbo straight ‘six’, rear-drive and far more than a hint of BMW DNA, including sweetly-balanced dynamics.”

Sports over Toyota Supra

To read RACQ Motoring Editor Barry Green’s top five cars for 2019, click here.