2017 COTY OzRoamer 4WD and AWD SUV Awards

2017 OzRoamer COTY Awards

2017 OzRoamer 4WD and AWD SUV Awards Cover OzRoamer Car of the Year (COTY) Awards are now in their seventh year and have proved to be an outstanding success with buyers in helping them make educated buying decisions.

They are deliberately oriented at having a complete reader and consumer focus, by breaking down the categories into those that best represent their buying decisions and parameters.

In light of that, in 2017 we have multiple categories for various vehicles. This is line with our philosophy of comparing vehicles that are likely to be compared by buyers. How can a buyer use the awards if they compare a sub $45,000 SUV to an $80,000 4WD or Prestige Sport SUV that costs upwards of $150,000? Buyers want a 5 seat vehicle or a 7 seat vehicle, AWD or 4WD. We want to keep it relevant!

The OzRoamer COTY Awards are without doubt the most independent and comprehensive  4WD & AWD SUV awards in Australia.

Since starting in 2011 we have grown the yearly magazine and this year, the magazine will be bigger and even more informative than before!

The criteria for our awards is simple:

  • The vehicle must be currently available for sale to the general public;
  • The vehicle must meet the criteria for its category;
  • Final contenders are selected by the panel;
  • Each vehicle is subjectively and objectively measured against strict criteria and its competitors in the category;
  • The vehicle with the most points wins. If there is a tie then the panel decides!;
  • The judging criteria reflects real life situations because you, our readers, buy these vehicles for use in similar situations;
  • The awards assist our readers make educated buying decisions; and
  • Advertising dollars and marketing hype doesn’t sway the eventual winners or even the contenders.

Pricing comes from the industry website redbook.com.au with a Sydney 2000 postcode as the standard. If it is unavailable, we use the manufacturers’ website pricing. The categories, we think, reflect real world buying decisions. If you feel we have left a worthwhile contender out, please let us know for next year.

To find out all about the nominees and the winners, simply buy the magazine online. The results are sure to prompt a lot of emails like last year as we have alternate views on vehicles and aren’t influenced by pressure from manufacturers, advertising dollars or reputation. Our view is that the reader should be able to rely on these awards to assist with buying decisions.

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So, to the categories and contenders!

OzRoamer 2017 SUV under $45,000 Award

  • Fiat 500X Lounge AT AWD
  • Suzuki Vitara S Turbo 4WD
  • Jeep Renegade Trailhawk 4WD
  • Mazda CZ3 Akari 2.0 Petrol AT AWD
  • Honda CRV VTI-S AWD
  • Subaru XV 2.0i S CVT AWD
  • Toyota CHR Koba AWD
  • Hyundai KONA Highlander

OzRoamer 2017 AWD SUV $45,000 – $60,000 Award

  • Audi Q2 2.0L TDi Sport Quattro
  • Honda CRV VTi-LX AWD
  • Hyundai Tucson Highlander 1.6 T
  • Kia Sportage GT Line 2.0R CRDi
  • Mazda CX5 GT 2.2 DTD
  • Subaru Outback 2.0i Premium
  • VW Tiguan 140TDI Highline 4Motion

OzRoamer 2017 4WD $45,000 – $60,000 Award

  • Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 3.6L
  • Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk 3.2L
  • Mitsubishi Pajero Sport GLX 2.4L DiD
  • Ford Everest Ambiente 3.2L

OzRoamer 2017 7 Seat 4WD $45,000- $60,000 Award

  • Toyota Fortuner GXL
  • Holden Trailblazer Z71
  • Isuzu MU-X LST
  • Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Exceed

OzRoamer 2017 7 Seat AWD SUV $45,000 – $60,000 Award

  • Hyundai Santa Fe Elite 2.2R CRDi
  • Kia Sorento SLi 2.2 DT
  • Mazda CX-9 Touring AWD
  • Toyota Kluger GX V6

OzRoamer 2017 AWD SUV $60,000 – $80,000 Award

  • Audi Q5 2.0 TDi Sport Quattro
  • BMW X3 xDrive 20d
  • Lexus NX 300 Sport Luxury
  • Land Rover Discovery Sport TD4 180 SE Luxury

OzRoamer 2017 4WD $60,000 – $80,000 Award

  • Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 3.0L TD
  • Toyota Landcruiser Prado GX Auto
  • Toyota LC70 GXL Wagon V8 Diesel
  • Land Rover 2.0l TD4 S

OzRoamer 2017 7 Seat 4WD $60,000 – $80,000 Award

  • Toyota Fortuner Crusade
  • Toyota Prado GXL Turbo Diesel
  • Mitsubishi Pajero Exceed DiD
  • Ford Everest Trend

OzRoamer 2017 7 Seat AWD SUV $60,000 – $80,000 Award

  • Hyundai Santa Fe Highlander 2.2 DT
  • Kia Sorento GT LINE 2.2L CDI
  • Mazda CX-9 Azami 2.5L Petrol
  • Toyota Kluger Grande V6

OzRoamer 2017 AWD SUV $80,000 – $100,000 Award

  • Audi Q5 2.0 TFSI Sp Quattro NBT 08F
  • BMW X4 xDrive 35d
  • Lexus RX 350 Luxury
  • Jaguar F Pace 25D R Sport

OzRoamer 2017 4WD $80,000 – $100,000 Award

  • Ford Everest Titanium
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk
  • Toyota Landcruiser 200 V8 GXL
  • Toyota Prado Kakadu DiD
  • Land Rover Discovery SD4 HSE

OzRoamer 2017 Prestige SUV over $100,000 Award     

  • Audi Q7 Tdi Quattro 200kw
  • Lexus LX 570
  • Maserati Levante Luxury
  • Jaguar F Pace 30d First Edition

OzRoamer 2017 Prestige Sports SUV Award

  • Audi SQ7 V8 TDi
  • BMW X5 M50d
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT
  • Range Rover Sport V8SC HSE Dynamic

OzRoamer 2017 Dual Cab Ute Award

  • Ford Ranger XLT
  • Holden Colorado LTZ
  • Isuzu D Max LST
  • Mitsubishi Triton Exceed
  • Mazda BT50 XTR
  • Toyota Hilux SR5 DiD

2017 OzRoamer 4WD & AWD SUV COTY Awards
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Summary

OzRoamer Car of the Year (COTY) Awards are now in their seventh year and have proved to be an outstanding success with buyers in helping them make educated buying decisions.
They are deliberately oriented at having a complete reader and consumer focus, by breaking down the categories into those that best represent their buying decisions and parameters.

About Rob Fraser 770 Articles
Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, many years ago. He has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive.