In these modern years, we already considered cars as one of the necessities we need to have. So it’s already a normal occurrence if we choose the most reliable, practical, safe, fuel-efficient, along with outstanding engine performance, and affordable car in the market. In this article, we will talk about the Top 10 Most Popular Cars in New Zealand for 2021.
BMW 3 Series (Sedan)
The BMW 3 Series is a compact luxury car produced in May 1975 by the German automaker BMW. It is currently in its seventh generation and has been available in convertible, sedan, hatchback, and fastback models. It has a sporty look design with striking features and a spacious interior along with great engine performance which makes it more attractive to the buyers. In October 2011, the sixth generation F30 series BMW 3 sedan was released.
Some notable features included are electric power steering, power windows, power door locks, parking assistant system, lane change departure warning, fog lights, cruise control, leather-wrapped steering wheel, multi-function steering wheel, keyless entry, and air-conditioning with climate control. Also, it comes with safety features including airbags, traction control, brake assist, anti-lock braking system, electronic stability control, and child safety locks. It is equipped with a 2.0L N20B20 four-cylinder and 3.0L N55B30M0 six-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine mated to a six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic transmission.
BMW 1 Series (Hatchback)
The BMW 1 Series is a five-door hatchback luxury car produced in 2004 by BMW and is currently in its third generation. It is one of the best hatchback cars with great engine performance, outstanding fuel efficiency, and reliability. The second-generation BMW 1 Series was produced from 2011 to 2019 and consists of two body styles: the BMW F20 for a five-door hatchback and the BMW F21 for a three-door hatchback.
It is equipped with petrol engines and diesel engines: a 1.6L N13 four-cylinder (116i) with maximum power and torque of 100 kW (134 hp) at 4,400-6,450 rpm, 220 Nm (162 lb-ft) at 1,350-4,300 rpm; 3.0L N55 six-cylinder (M135i) generating maximum power output and torque of 235 kW (315 hp) at 5,800-6,400 rpm, 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) at 1,300-4,500 rpm; 1.6L N47 four-cylinder (116d) with maximum power output and torque of 85 kW (114 hp) at 4,000 rpm, 260 N⋅m (192 lb-ft) at 1,750-2,500 rpm; and 2.0L N47 four-cylinder. It also comes with notable features including traction control, stability control, fog lights, emergency braking assist, seatbelt pretensioners, airbags, anti-lock braking system, electronic brake-force distribution, post-collision safety system, cruise control, electric power steering, and remote keyless power door locks.
Volkswagen Golf (Hatchback)
The Volkswagen Golf was first introduced in 1974 by the German automaker Volkswagen. It is a small family car with various body models including hatchback, convertible, estate, and sedan. It is currently in its eight generations and known for its outstanding performance, well-styled design, and overall great quality.
The seventh-generation Golf Mk7 was released in 2012 and in 2013 it won World Car of the Year. it is equipped with 2.0L TSI I4 with maximum power and torque of 220 PS (162 kW; 217 hp) at 4,500-6,200 rpm, 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) at 1,500-4,400 rpm, and in the GTI performance package it generated power of 230 PS (169 kW; 227 hp) at 4,700-6,200 rpm, mated to six-speed manual and six-speed DSG transmission. It also offers features including an Automatic Post-Collision Braking system, airbags, anti-lock braking system, city emergency braking system, start-stop system, adaptive cruise control, front assist, and multi-functional steering wheel.
Volkswagen Golf Variant (Wagon)
The Volkswagen Golf introduced the five-door station wagon from its third generation in 1993 until the present eight generations. The Golf Variant is a well-known car because of its practicality and outstanding performance. It offers a big space for the luggage area and enough head and legroom inside the cabin. The interior is well equipped with several infotainment and driver aids which makes it more appealing.
In 2013, the Mk7 Golf Variant model was released, it is equipped with a 1.2L TSI four-cylinder with maximum power and torque of 85 PS (84 hp) at 4,300–5,300 rpm; 160 Nm (118 lb-ft) at 1,400–3,500 rpm and 1.4L TSI four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with maximum power and torque of 140 PS (138 hp) at 4,500–6,000 rpm; 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) at 1,500–3,500 rpm. A 1.6L TDI four-cylinder with maximum power and torque of 90 PS (89 hp) at 2750–4800 rpm; 230 Nm (170 lb-ft) at 1400–2700 rpm and 2.0L TDI four-cylinder with maximum power and torque of 150 PS (148 hp) at 3,500–4,000 rpm; 340 N⋅m (251 lb-ft) at 1,750–3,000 rpm. It also offers safety features including seven airbags, adaptive cruise control, emergency city braking system, electronic parking brake, rear parking senses, automatic post-collision braking system, and automatic distance control.
Nissan X-Trail (SUV )
The Nissan X-trail is a five-door crossover SUV produced and manufactured by the Japanese automaker Nissan since 2000 and is currently in its fourth generation. It is an outstanding family vehicle that is popular for practicality and an economical car. It has a large cabin, high-quality interior, easy to handle, and is pleasant to drive. The T32 series was the third generation of Nissan Xtrail which was released in 2013. It offers cruise control, an anti-lock braking system, a central lock, power windows, power steering, power mirrors, a rear parking camera, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, airbags, fog lights, air-conditioning, Bluetooth, audio system with speakers, satellite navigation, and alloy wheels.
The T32 series is equipped with four petrol engines and three diesel engines: a 1.3L HR13DDT four-cylinder turbocharged, 1.6L MR16DDT four-cylinder turbocharged, 2.0L MR20DD four-cylinder, 2.5L QR25DE four-cylinder petrol engines, 1.6L R9M four-cylinder, 1.7L R9N four-cylinder, and 2.0L M9R four-cylinder diesel engine, mated to a six-speed manual, CVT, and seven-speed DCT transmission.
Audi A4 (Sedan)
The Audi A4 is a four-door sedan that was produced in 1994 and manufactured by Audi AG-Volkswagen. It is currently in its fifth generation which offers a five-door station wagon and a sedan. It is one of the most known sedans in the market with its stylish-looking design, modern interior features, spacious cabin, and great fuel economy with outstanding engine performance. The fourth-generation B8 series was introduced in 2008 offering standard equipment including the MMI system, speed-sensitive power steering, LED daytime lights, electronic handbrake, adaptive cruise control, Audi Lane and side assist, advanced key, and adaptive headlights.
The Audi A4 is equipped with a petrol engine: 1.8L TFSI four-cylinder with maximum power and torque of 160 PS (118 kW; 158 hp) at 4500–6200 rpm; 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) at 1500–4500 rpm; 2.0L TFSI four-cylinder with maximum power and torque of 180 PS (132 kW; 178 hp) at 4000–6000; 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) at 1500–3900 rpm; 3.2L V6 FSI with maximum power and torque of 265 PS (195 kW; 261 hp) at 5500–7000 rpm; 330 Nm (243 lb-ft) at 3000-5000 rpm, mated to six-speed manual and eight-speed Multitronic CVT transmission.
BMW MINI (Hatchback)
The BMW X1 is a five-door subcompact luxury SUV produced by BMW in 2009, the smallest SUV in the BMW series. The X1 offers a rear-wheel-drive format as standard and is currently in its second generation. The first generation is equipped with four petrol engines and one diesel engine: 2.0L N46 four-cylinder, 2.0L N20 four-cylinder turbo, 3.0L N52 six-cylinder, 3.0L N55 six-cylinder turbo petrol engines, and 2.0L N47 four-cylinder turbo / twin-turbo diesel engine, mated to a six-speed manual, six-speed automatic, and eight-speed automatic transmission.
The second and current generation was released in 2015, fitted with two petrol engines and two diesel engines: 1.5L B38 three-cylinder turbo, 2.0L B48 four-cylinder turbo petrol engines, 1.5L B37 three-cylinder turbo, and 2.0L B47 four-cylinder turbo / twin-turbo diesel engines, mated to a six-speed manual, eight-speed automatic, and seven-speed DCT transmission. It also features an infotainment system with an 8.8-inch touch screen, satellite radio, a USB port, Bluetooth, and seven speakers. Some of the safety features included are an automatic emergency braking system, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, front and rear parking sensors, stop and go adaptive cruise control, and parallel parking assist.
Volkswagen Polo (Hatchback)
The Volkswagen Polo is a supermini car produced since 1975 by the German car automaker Volkswagen. With a front-engine, front-wheel-drive layout and currently in its sixth generation, it is sold in other body styles including hatchback, sedan, and wagon models. It is known for its great engine performance along with outstanding fuel efficiency, high-quality safety features, and luxurious interior design. In 2009, the fifth-generation Volkswagen Polo was introduced and awarded the European Car of the Year in 2010.
It is equipped with seven petrol engines and four diesel engines: 1.0L MPI three-cylinder, 1.0L TSI three-cylinder, 1.2L MPI three-cylinder, 1.2L TSI four-cylinder, 1.4L MPI four-cylinder, 1.4L TSI four-cylinder, 1.6L MPI four-cylinder petrol engines, 1.2L TDI three-cylinder, 1.4L TDI three-cylinder, 1.5L TDI four-cylinder, and 1.6L TDI four-cylinder diesel engines, mated to a five-speed manual, six-speed manual, six-speed automatic, and seven-speed DSG transmission. It also offers notable features including the infotainment system with satellite navigation, air-conditioning, brake assist, power windows, dual front airbags, cruise control, anti-lock braking system, electronic brake-force distribution, and power steering.
Nissan Civilian Bus (Bus )
The Nissan Civilian is a single-decker minibus produced in 1971 by the Japanese automaker Nissan. It is commonly used as a commercial or public bus and has been one of the most popular vehicles in the market. It has a seating capacity of 26 passengers and is currently marketed under the W41 or W 41 series. It is equipped with a 4.5L TB45E petrol engine and 3.0L ZD30DDTi diesel turbo direct injection mated to a four-speed automatic and five-speed manual transmission.
It offers an air conditioning system, power steering, fog lights, rear window wiper, anti-lock braking system, rear-mounted outside mirror, digital clock, glove box, door pocket, luggage compartment, and audio system with MW/FM radio, CD, AUX input, and speakers.
Nissan Serena (Mini Van)
The Nissan Serena or also known as the Suzuki Landy is a four / five-door minivan manufactured by Nissan since 1991. It is currently in its fifth generation and is known for its practicality and comfortability. With its spacious cabin and cargo area along with the great performance engine, it is simply a good car fit for the family.
In 2010, the fourth generation Nissan Serena was introduced. It is fitted with a 2.0L MR20DD direct-injection four-cylinder petrol engine generating a maximum power output of 129 hp (127 bhp; 94.9 kW) at 5200 rpm and torque of 187 Nm (138 lb-ft) at 4800 rpm, mated to Xtronic CVT transmission. In 2012, the Nissan Serena C26 S-HYBRID was released, equipped with a 2.0L MR20DD direct-injection four-cylinder MHEV engine (S-Hybrid). It offers some notable features including a halogen fog lamp, Vehicle Dynamics Control, Traction Control System, hill start assist, anti-lock braking system, brake assist, electronic brake-force distribution system, curtain airbags, side airbags for driver and passenger, and air conditioning.
Having a reliable, dependable, practical, safe, and affordable car is one of the necessary factors we considered when buying a car. It will also be good to choose the most popular and known cars in the market because some of them already receive positive reviews and feedback. It is always good to have a list to choose from and above are some of the most popular cars to choose from. Please visit our BE FORWARD store for more details and information.
Written by: Esther Abranilla