Buying a new car can be an exciting time, but with plenty of options on the market, it can quickly become a bit overwhelming. To help narrow down the search, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries releases a monthly report on the top-selling cars in Australia, showing which models are proving most popular on our roads. Check this page for regular updates on the best-selling cars, with April 2018 top-sellers listed below.
#1 – Toyota Hilux
With more than 3,500 sales in April 2018 alone, Toyota Hilux models seem to be driving themselves out of the dealerships. Available in models for both work and play, the new 2018 Hilux can be tailored to suit your needs, whether you’re heading off-road, to the worksite, or on a Sunday drive. With single and dual cabs options available with petrol and diesel engines, drivers aren’t short of options.
With up to 3.5tonnes of towing capacity, increased suspension and comfortable interior options, the Toyota Hilux looks set to continue its April success, with plenty of accessories and extras also available to help personalise the Ute to your tastes.
#2 – Toyota Corolla
For those after something a bit smaller, the Toyota Corolla seems to be the go-to option for many, with nearly 3,000 new Corollas sold in April 2018. Available in six different model types, as well as available in both hatch and sedan styles, the Corolla has plenty of options to suit your style and preferences.
With Toyota’s latest Safety Sense feature, which includes its Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert and Steering Assist, the Corolla seems to be one of Toyota’s safest models yet. Other features include stylish and sporty interior options, moonroofs, a 7inch touch screen infotainment system, as well as Bi-LED headlights, making the Corolla irresistible indeed.
#3 – Ford Ranger
Available in 4×2 and 4×4 Single Cab, Double Cab and Super Cab models, Aussies after a Ford Ranger are spoilt for choice, with the range also available in 2.2L petrol and 3.2L diesel varieties. Ranger models also contain Auto Start-Stop technology, allowing drivers to save on fuel, which is always a bonus.
The latest Ranger also comes with Dynamic Stability Control, as well as a 3.5tonne towing capacity for the weekend adventures. With an 800mm water wading capability, there won’t be much able to stand in your way either.
With SYNC3 integration, you can sync your phone to the infotainment system, allowing you to control the music, sat nav and phone calls all hands free, making the drive easier and safer. Speaking of safety, the Ranger also comes equipped with a rear view camera, as well as front and back parking sensors. With the amount on offer, it’s no wonder that almost 2,800 models were sold throughout April.
#4 – Mazda3
Available in both Hatch and Sedan models, the Mazda3 sold over 2,200 models in April, indicating that the Japanese brand is a popular option for many Aussies. With an updated sleek design to fit in perfectly with city driving, as well as aerodynamic enough to make a difference if you want to put your foot down, the Mazda3 has plenty of technological upgrades as well, helping to make you and your passengers feel comfortable on both the daily commute as well as those weekend getaways.
With Active Driving Display, dual climate control, traffic sign recognition, an electric parking brake and the MZD Connect for all your entertainment needs, Mazda has provided all the specs and tech to make you feel at home. With a 5-star ANCAP rating, the Mazda3 is also available in sports model, with plenty of options such as roof racks, 18inch alloy wheels and mud guards all available for purchase.
#5 – Toyota Land Cruiser
The 5.7L V8 Land Cruiser has been a popular option for Australians for decades, with the latest model no exception, selling over 2,000 models in April. With off-road capabilities, enough space to seat up to eight passengers and LED lighting, the Land Cruiser has plenty to get consumers excited about.
Toyota Land Cruisers also come with 8speed transmission and plenty of technology to keep everyone entertained on those long journeys. With the Land Cruiser range including the GX, GXL, VX and Sahara models, Toyota offers enough for consumers to find that perfect fit.
#6 – Hyundai i30
Winner of multiple awards over the last few years, the Hyundai i30 has become one of Australia’s most popular models, with the Korean brand offering plenty of options for all driver types. Drivers can choose from three engine types, with 100kW diesel, 120kW petrol and 150kW turbo petrol models available. Model types include the Go, Active, SR, Elite and Premium, all with plenty of features and functions to make driving comfortable, as well as exciting.
Selling just under 2,000 new models in April 2018, it’s not hard to see why the Hyundai i30 is still a very popular model, with LED lights, alloy wheels, panoramic sunroof, heated seats and wireless smartphone charging all available for driver comfort and practicality.
#7 – Hyundai Tucson
Ranking just behind the i30 in the list, the Tucson model sold over 1,800 models in April, indicating that many Australians are beginning to turn towards the Korean manufacturer for their new car needs. With three engine types available in a variety of model types, the Tucson line gives drivers plenty of options.
Consistent features include LED lights, alloy wheels, a panoramic sunroof, dual exhaust system as well as a touchscreen infotainment unit, with Tucson models also equipped with six airbags and a 5-star ANCAP rating.
For those after a bit more, the Hyundai Tucson can be altered with accessory packs, ideal for those who like to get away for the weekend. Additional extras and accessories include cargo barriers, nudge bars, side steps, as well as roof racks and sporty alloys, perfect for individual styling.
#8 – Mazda CX-5
A popular option for those looking into the SUV market, the Mazda CX-5 sold over 1,700 models in the month of April 2018, with the figures no surprise when you look at what’s included within the car itself.
With Active Driving Display available to help with directions, speed and traffic signs, driving a Mazda has never been safer, with the 5-star ANCAP rating also putting minds at ease. Rear parking sensors and a 360-degree camera also help you keep an eye on your surroundings, ensuring you’re kept safe on the road.
The CX-5 is available in both AWD and FWD, with a choice of 2.0L and 2.5L Skyactiv petrol engines and a 2.2L Skyactive diesel engine across all model types, helping you find the best fit for you and your family.
#9 – Mitsubishi ASX
Just edged out of eighth spot, the Mitsubishi ASX also sold more than 1,700 new models in April, with the SUV market hotly contested amongst brands. To differentiate itself from the competition, the ASX is equipped with 18inch alloy wheels, LED Daytime Running Lights, a panoramic glass roof with retractable sunshade and LED mood lighting, making each drive an experience.
The ASX also comes equipped with the Smartphone Link Display Audio system, which is connected to a 7inch infotainment touch screen, capable of making and receiving phone calls, sorting out your music as well as a variety of other creature comforts. The interior includes heated seats, steering wheel controls in addition to adjustable seats to help pack away those weekend camping essentials.
With plenty of safety features such as reverse cameras and sensors, the ASX also comes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution for a shorter stopping distance, keeping drivers in control. Available in a variety of model and engine types, Mitsubishi has plenty to choose from.
#10 – Toyota Prado
Available in GX, GXL, VX and the Kakadu models, the Toyota Prado rounds out the top 10 best-selling cars of April 2018, with just under 1,700 new models rolling out the dealership doors.
With variable suspension available to take care of those rough off-road terrains, the Prado offers the best of both worlds for those who like to adventure, but also don’t mind their quiet Sunday drive. With parking assist, LED lights and a state of the art infotainment system, there isn’t much the Prado doesn’t offer.
Prado models come with a 6speed transmission, available in both automatic and manual, with up to seven seats available for those big families. All come with safety features including front and side air bags, Pre-Collision Safety systems with Pedestrian Detection and Active Cruise Control, keeping you in control at all times.
Which new car should I buy?
While seeing what other people have bought may be a good starting place if you’re in the market for a new car, buying a car will be unique to your situation, as well as your preferences. Those with a family may be more inclined to look at SUVs or 4WDs, whereas those after a bit of adventure would be best suited going after a 4WD. On the other hand, the small car segment is also booming if you’re driving needs are a little more straight-forward and city-based.
As with any big decision, it’s best to do your research before you step into a dealership, as factors such as fuel economy, safety, technology and extras may all sway your final decision, with each brand and car usually available in a variety of models. Comparing new cars may be time-consuming, but will have been worth it when you get behind the wheel of your dream car, knowing you got a good deal.