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 2019 top-sellers listed below:
- 1st Toyota Hilux
- 2nd Ford Ranger
- 3rd Toyota Corolla
- 4th Mazda3
- 5th Toyota LandCruiser
- 6th Hyundai i30
- 7th Mazda CX-5
- 8th Kia Cerato
- 9th Toyota Prado
- 10th Hyundai Tucson
#1 Toyota Hilux – 3,621 sales
Despite suffering a drop in overall sales figures from last month, the Toyota Hilux again taken top spot, showcasing its popularity with Aussie motorists with over 3,600 sales in April. Leaving the competition in its rear-view mirror, the Toyota Hilux has top spot well and truly consolidated.
Within the Hilux range, motorists have plenty to choose from, including the single-cab WorkMate, the four-door SR as well as the off-road capable Rugged X, with petrol and diesel varieties additionally available. If you’re looking to customise your new car, you won’t be disappointed with the Hilux, with plenty of extras available to suit the drive to work or your next weekend adventure, with trays, canopies, bull bars and comfortable seating all available for purchase.
#2 Ford Ranger – 3,011 sales
With a line-up that already consists of models such as the Single Cab, Double Cab and Super Cab XL, Ford looks to expand its range in 2019, with the XLT, WildTrak and Raptor all set to be released on Aussie roads. Including features such as 800mm water wading, e-Locking Rear Differential and Hill Descent Control, the latest Ford Ranger models may be enough to get you excited for an outback adventure.
Additional features such as SYNC3 integration, Smart Keyless Entry and dual 4.2inch Cluster Screens behind the steering wheel are included on most models, with each range available in both petrol and diesel engines. Selling over 3,000 models in April, many seem to have their eye on the Ford Ranger.
#3 Toyota Corolla – 2,429 sales
For those after something a bit smaller, the Toyota Corolla seems to be the go-to option for many, with just under 2,500 units sold in April. Available in multiple model types, including hatch, sedan and hybrid, Toyota will soon be introducing new models, including the Ascent Sport, SX and ZR.
The latest models include 7 airbags for increased safety, a 2.0L Dynamic Force direct injection petrol engine – available in both manual and auto transmission– with Active Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Safety and Lane Departure Alert available across the range. If you’re looking for something extra, additional features include wireless phone charging, an 8-speaker JBL audio system as well as heated front seats to help make the most of your time behind the wheel.
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#4 Mazda3 – 2,195 sales
Available in both hatch and sedan models, the Mazda3 sold just under 2,200 models in April, indicating that the Japanese brand is a popular option for many Aussies. With an updated design package slated for the latest 2019 model (as shown in the video), drivers may be swayed by the new aesthetic.
With a range that includes the Neo Sport, Touring, SP25 and Maxx Sport models, the Mazda 3 includes features such as a reverse camera, Smart City Brake Support and an Active Driving Display, allowing for increased safety in those tight city streets. Other handy features include a G-Vectoring Control to help driving comfort and handling, with extras such as 18inch alloys and a roof rack also available for purchase.
#5 Toyota LandCruiser – 2,034 sales
Jumping into the top ten selling cars of after an absence in March, the Toyota LandCruiser is a common sight out on the roads, owing to its 2,000 sales in April. Toyota’s longest running series model, the LandCruiser is a popular option for those who prefer to stick to the bitumen, or those who like to adventure off-road.
With a range that consists of the GX, GXL, VX and Sahara models, the LandCruiser is available in five, seven or eight-seat models, giving you plenty of room for the family. Powered with a 4.6L V8 petrol or a 4.5L Turbo Diesel engine, the LandCruiser has plenty of grunt to get you where you need to go, along with a Multi-Terrain Select system to help the ride on the bumpiest of roads. With an Electro Multi Vision Screen also available on select models for all your tech and comfort needs, drivers can expect satellite navigation, Bluetooth connectivity as well as Rear Seat Entertainment systems to keep the kids happy on those long road trips.
#6 Hyundai i30 – 1,910 sales
Consistently one of Australia’s most popular models, the Hyundai i30 offers a number of models for drivers to test out, making it an ideal option for those looking for a new hatchback. Selling just over 1,900 units in April, the i30 is helping to change the face of the Korean brand.
Available with petrol, diesel and turbo engines, the i30 range consists of the Go, Active, Elite, Premium, SR and SR Premium, with features such as dual zone climate control, LED daytime running lamps, wireless phone charging and Smart Sense safety functions available across the range. If you’re looking for something with a bit more grunt to it, the i30N may be the option for you, with an upgraded suspension system, active variable exhaust system and multiple driving modes all helping to make the drive more exciting.
#7 Mazda CX-5 – 1,827 sales
Mazda’s flagship SUV model, the CX-5 is proving it still has what it takes in the SUV market, selling over 1,800 models for April. Available in Maxx, Maxx Sport, Touring, GT and now the Akera models, the CX-5 provides plenty of comfort and safety for drivers, with 360° View Monitor, a 7inch LCD infotainment unit and Mazda Radar Cruise Control.
Now available with a turbocharged SKYACTIV-G 2.5T engine – capable of churning out 170kW of power – the CX-5 also contains i-ACTIV AWD, which utilises real time data from 27 different monitors to improve driver safety, regardless of the weather conditions. For those looking to put their foot down, a Kuroi Sports pack is additionally available for purchase, as is 19inch alloys and cargo illumination, to help personalise your ride.
#8 Kia Cerato – 1,650 sales
Selling over 1,600 units, the Kia Cerato has moved up in the top ten selling cars list for April, with the popular model available in an S, Sport and GT variety, giving you plenty of options to test drive. Most models will include a 4.2inch LCD Supervision Instrument Cluster behind the steering wheel, as well as an 8inch Touchscreen infotainment unit to help with all your creature comforts. Select models additionally come equipped with an auto release Smart Boot for easy use, as well as heated and ventilated front seats to help with those cold mornings.
The higher end models come with dual chrome-tip exhausts and 18inch alloy wheels for those who like to put the foot down, with wireless phone charging and a JBL premium sound system to make the most of those long stretches on the road. Safety features also include front and rear parking sensors, Smart Cruise Control and Autonomous Emergency Braking, handy for those looking for additional peace-of-mind while out on the roads.
#9 Toyota Prado – 1,473 sales
One of Toyota’s more popular vehicles, the Prado may be a step down from the LandCruiser in terms of size, but can still pack a punch when it comes to power and storage. Selling under 1,500 units in April, the Prado is available in a number of models, including the GX, GXL, VX and Kakadu, each with 4WD and a 2.8L Turbo Diesel engine, providing plenty of grunt.
With five and seven-seat options available for families, the Prado includes Toyota’s Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System and Adaptive Variable Suspension to make your journey comfortable, with the Kakadu model also coming with Multi-Terrain Select, ideal for those off-road expeditions. With bullbars, weathershields, and roof racks also available as additional extras, the Prado would be a useful addition in any lifestyle.
#10 Hyundai Tucson – 1,355 sales
Rounding out the 10 best selling cars for April, the Hyundai Tucson sold over 1,300 units, with the Korean SUV available in a number of models, including the Go, Active, Elite and Highlander for drivers to test out. With multiple engine types available across the Tucson range, drivers can opt for a 2WD or AWD model, with Hyundai additionally including Australian Tuned Suspension to suit the typical Aussie road trip.
With a Surround View Monitor (SVM) for increased road safety, the Tucson range also includes a panoramic glass sunroof, LED headlamps and even a heated steering wheel for those chilly mornings. Additional features include water resistant seat covers, bike racks and a portable cooler for when you need to keep chilled drinks close at hand.
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.