2015 Car of the Year - Second Finalists

2015 Car of the Year - Second Finalists

Joel Helmes names his three finalists for Behind the Wheel Car of the Year.

Holden Cascada

2015 Car of the Year - Second Finalists. The Holden Cascada offers Australian car buyers a reasonably priced convertible model.

Holden has been through a difficult few years, the impending cancellation of local manufacturing and some Korean-sourced vehicles that can be a bit hit and miss, being the main issues.

But there is a good reason to get into a Holden dealership again and that is the Holden Cascada. Made by GM Europe and imported to Australia with Holden badges (along with the Astra and Insignia) the Cascada offers the genuine convertible experience, without breaking the bank.

Priced from just $42,990 and available in just one specification level, the Holden Cascada boasts a nice interior feel, reasonable enough performance, good driving dynamics, head-turning good looks and a smooth and fast operating soft top.

For anyone looking for a bit of fun in the sun, and who are on a budget, the Holden Cascada is just the ticket.


2015 Car of the Year - Second Finalists. The Nissan QASHQAI offers great fuel economy in a nicely designed small SUV/crossover package.

Launched in late 2014, I got to have a drive of the diesel-powered Nissan QASHQAI early in 2015 and was immediately impressed at the quality feel of the new Nissan small SUV/crossover.

With diesel economy less than 5.0L/100kms and the petrol using less than 7.0L/100km the Nissan QASHQAI is extremely efficient, whichever way you go. Impressive ride and handling, plenty of standard features and a solid and well-built feel throughout are just some of the highlights.

This segment of the market is extremely competitive and there are some excellent vehicles available, still, it would be very hard to go past this impressive offering from Nissan.

The Nissan QASHQAI is priced from $25,850.

Nissan Navara

2015 Car of the Year – Second Finalists. The new Navara is a great all-rounder.

Nissan has taken the rough and tough Navara and turned it into a vehicle that ticks all the boxes for dual-cab utility buyers.

The new NP 300 Nissan Navara offers vastly improved on-road manners, impressive and fresh styling, genuine off-road ability, economical diesel engine, and a cabin that wouldn’t look out of place in a mid-size car.

With Australian’s falling over themselves to buy dual-cab ute’s for a range of applications, especially family use, the new Nissan Navara is a must-drive.

Priced from $39,990 (4WD), the new Navara is a very worthy Car of the Year finalist.

We will announce our 2015 Behind the Wheel Car of the Year on Wednesday the 2nd of December.

About Joel Helmes 3051 Articles
Joel is the founder and CEO of Behind the Wheel. Joel has a background as a radio broadcaster with on-air roles at 4BC, 4KQ, 2KY, 2LT and 2UE amongst others, as well as a news editor and program director. Joel’s relationship with cars stems back to his early childhood learning to change oil and brakes with his father and uncle. This continued on into his driving years owning an assorted collection of cars.

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