Every year, tens of thousands of Quebec consumers eagerly await the publication of the bestselling Guide de l’auto. Some just like to thumb through it, while others lean on it for help when purchasing a new vehicle. For several years now, the Car Guide has been selecting the year’s best buys in the auto industry. Here are the winners in six of the 27 categories from the 2019 edition.
Subcompacts In 2019, the fight for supremacy in the very popular subcompact category was a three-way battle between the Honda Fit, Kia Rio and Hyundai Accent. With a score of 83%, the Hyundai Accent took top prize.
Compacts After a second-place finish in 2016, the Volkswagen Golf stormed back to finish at the top of the podium for 2019. Available in several versions, the Golf remains popular with consumers and auto journalists alike.
Luxury subcompacts After four generations in Europe,the Mercedes-Benz A-Classis making quite an entrance in Canada. When it arrives at dealerships in November, it will be known as the A 250 and come equipped with a 2.0-litre direct injection four-cylinder engine generating 221 horsepower and 258 lbs.-ft. of torque. Unlike our neighbours in the U.S., Canadians will have the choice between a hatchback and sedan.
Convertibles The convertible market is relatively limited, but some cars thrive just the same. The Mazda MX-5 takes top honours in this category with an impressive 7% margin of victory over the next closest rival, the Fiat 124, which received a 78% grade in 2019.
Luxury subcompact SUVs This segment attracts a lot of attention from consumers. Manufacturers are taking notice of drivers’ appetite for these vehicles and developing small crossovers. This year, the competition includes the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and X2, Volvo XC40, Jaguar E-Pace and many others. However, the top dog in this category with a score of 84% is theVolvo XC40 [HP1].
Luxury full-size SUVs Thefull-size SUVsegment is much smaller in Canada than it is in the U.S., but it deserves our attention nonetheless. This year, this category pits several mastodons against one another, including the Cadillac Escalade, Lincoln Navigator and Land Rover Range Rover. In the end, the Navigator edged its closest rival at the finish by a mere 2% thanks to interior and exterior design makeovers, among other things.
If you want to get up close and personal with the cars, plan a visit to the 2019 Montreal International Auto Show, which promises to have an impressive array of vehicles on display. Don’t miss it!