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Top hatches, sedans, wagons and people movers sold in 2019

According to VFACTS sales data, the Toyota Corolla was the most popular passenger car last year.

Much is made of the declining sales of passenger cars in Australia these days.

Indeed, the entire passenger-car segment contracted by a massive 16.5 per cent in 2019, well ahead of the overall market’s 7.8 per cent dip for the year.

That said, a not-so-insignificant 315,875 passenger cars were still sold in 2019, accounting for 29.7 per cent of all new-vehicle sales Down Under.

So, no matter what way you look at it, there’s still plenty of interest in new hatches, sedans, wagons and people movers.

Read on for a segment-by-segment breakdown of 2019’s most popular passenger cars.

Make no mistake, the Kia Picanto owned the micro-car segment last year with an 80.5 per cent share. Make no mistake, the Kia Picanto owned the micro-car segment last year with an 80.5 per cent share.

The best-selling micro cars

RankingModelSalesVariance %
1Kia Picanto5237-2.9
2Fiat 500673-12.6
3Mitsubishi Mirage592-42.6
4Holden Spark3-99.5

The Hyundai Accent was a best-seller in 2019, the very year it was discontinued in Australia. The Hyundai Accent was a best-seller in 2019, the very year it was discontinued in Australia.

The best-selling sub-$25,000 light cars

RankingModelSalesVariance %
1Hyundai Accent9963-36.4
2Toyota Yaris9853+3.3
3Mazda28198-23.9
4Suzuki Swift6676-14.2
5Kia Rio6270-4.9

The Mini Hatch is another model that owned its segment last year, accounting for 79.1 per cent of sales. The Mini Hatch is another model that owned its segment last year, accounting for 79.1 per cent of sales.

The best-selling $25,000-plus light cars

RankingModelSalesVariance %
1Mini Hatch1776-4.4
2Audi A1325-73.9
3Citroen C379-35.2
4Peugeot 20860-69.2
5Renault Zoe5-89.6

The Hyundai i30 rose up the sales charts last year, finishing second in its segment. The Hyundai i30 rose up the sales charts last year, finishing second in its segment.

The best-selling sub-$40,000 small cars

RankingModelSalesVariance %
1Toyota Corolla30,468-13.7
2Hyundai i3028,378+0.7
3Mazda324,939-19.7
4Kia Cerato21,757+14.4
5Volkswagen Golf14,335-24.7

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class has been firing on all cylinders since its new-generation model launched in 2018. The Mercedes-Benz A-Class has been firing on all cylinders since its new-generation model launched in 2018.

The best-selling $40,000-plus small cars

RankingModelSalesVariance %
1Mercedes-Benz A-Class4689+12.3
2Audi A33362-21.0
3BMW 1 Series2269-10.4
4Mercedes-Benz B-Class1272+50.7
5Nissan Leaf408N/A

The Toyota Camry defied expectations in 2019, pushing further up the sales charts. The Toyota Camry defied expectations in 2019, pushing further up the sales charts.

The best-selling sub-$60,000 mid-size cars

RankingModelSalesVariance %
1Toyota Camry16,768+9.8
2Mazda62612-21.5
3Skoda Octavia1814+1.1
4Subaru Liberty1344-15.7
5Volkswagen Passat1040-42.4

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class bounced back hard in 2019 after a down year. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class bounced back hard in 2019 after a down year.

The best-selling $60,000-plus mid-size cars

RankingModelSalesVariance %
1Mercedes-Benz C-Class6798+34.5
2BMW 3 Series3135+1.8
3Mercedes-Benz CLA1424-53.9
4Audi A41284-21.0
5Audi A5 Sportback839+22.5

The Holden Commodore was the flag bearer for its segment last year, but soon it'll be no more. The Holden Commodore was the flag bearer for its segment last year, but soon it'll be no more.

The best-selling sub-$70,000 large cars

RankingModelSalesVariance %
1Holden Commodore5915-34.6
2Kia Stinger1773-9.4
3Skoda Superb849+1.4
4Peugeot 508109+3633.3

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class had a down year but retained its segment leadership. The Mercedes-Benz E-Class had a down year but retained its segment leadership.

The best-selling $70,000-plus large cars

RankingModelSalesVariance %
1Mercedes-Benz E-Class1228-19.8
2BMW 5 Series964+18.3
3Mercedes-Benz CLS220+178.5
4Maserati Ghibli130-33.0
5Audi A7123-6.1

The Chrysler 300 was the only model on sale in its segment last tear, so there's no surprise it was also the most popular. The Chrysler 300 was the only model on sale in its segment last tear, so there's no surprise it was also the most popular.

The best-selling sub-$100,000 upper-large cars

RankingModelSalesVariance %
1Chrysler 300292+16.8

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class lead its segment last year, with daylight between it and second. The Mercedes-Benz S-Class lead its segment last year, with daylight between it and second.

The best-selling $100,000-plus upper-large cars

RankingModelSalesVariance %
1Mercedes-Benz S-Class209-26.4
2BMW 7 Series130+12.1
3Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door Coupe68N/A
4BMW 6 Series GT54-38.6
5Porsche Panamera51-51.4

The Kia Carnival was once again the king of people movers in 2019. The Kia Carnival was once again the king of people movers in 2019.

The best-selling sub-$60,000 people movers

RankingModelSalesVariance %
1Kia Carnival6493-1.8
2Honda Odyssey1684-11.1
3Volkswagen Multivan929-15.2
4Hyundai iMax854+21.0
5LDV G10 Wagon845+4.3

The Mercedes-Benz V-Class was as good as it got in its segment last year. The Mercedes-Benz V-Class was as good as it got in its segment last year.

The best-selling $60,000-plus people movers

RankingModelSalesVariance %
1Mercedes-Benz V-Class423-25.7
2Toyota Granvia140N/A
3Mercedes-Benz Valente125-68.1
4Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo17-75.0