2017 COTY – Simon Lai’s Finalists

simon lai coty finalists

Simon Lai is the latest from the Behind the Wheel team to settle on his three nominations for our 2017 Car of the Year award.

Two cars come from South Korea, the other is likely to be the very last Australian built car ever nominated for our annual award…

Hyundai i30

hyundai i30 2017The current model year is the car the Hyundai i30 should be, cementing its place as one of the nation’s most popular vehicles.

From the two-tone leather interior in the Premium to the standard features offered in the base model Active, you can be assured of fantastic inclusions without having to fork out for the top of the range model.

But the real winner here are the new engines providing more brawn and rounding off the most complete i30 to date.

Kia Stinger

kia stingerIt’s almost a given now that Kia should make an appearance every year and it’s the highly praised Kia Stinger this time round.

The South Koreans are making a habit of making quality, value for money vehicles and the Kia Stinger is the culmination of what they are capable of achieving.

Well put together in all aspects of fit and finish, styling, drivetrain and suspension even in the base model, but the 3.3L twin turbo V6 is where the fun is transforming the large family sedan into a sports car.

Take my money now.

Holden Commodore SS V Redlineholden commodore ss v redlineGoing out with a bang, this nomination is both a genuine candidate and an homage to the departure of a brand with a rich history on our shores.

The Holden Commodore SS V Redline is everything a Commodore should be; powerful, big and spacious, stable, with outstanding refinement, coalescing to form a beast that looks and sounds the part.

Holden may have ended manufacturing in Australia but devotees can enjoy a high standard vehicle for a few more years to come.

We’ll bring you more 2017 Behind the Wheel Car of the Year nominations in coming days.

Don’t forget that you can have your say, let us know which new car/SUV deserves the COTY trophy. Leave a comment below.

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