Australia’s Best 15 Cars Priced Under $90,000

By Alexi Falson on 21 Jul 2023
image for Australia’s Best 15 Cars Priced Under $90,000 $90,000 can get you a seriously nice new car here in Australia, but with so many options, it’s easy to get paralysis from analysis.

If you’ve got a $90,000 budget for your next car, you’ll be pleased to know that we’ve taken a closer look at your 15 best options in the Australian automotive landscape.

Our list of the 15 best cars priced under $90,000 includes everything from family-friendly SUV packages, electric vehicles, sports cars & hot hatchbacks to refined and comfortable sedans and wagons.

Nissan Z

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The Nissan Z is one of the most impressive sports car packages for the money, coming powered by a twin-turbo V6 that sends 298kW/475Nm to the rear wheels, with the added bonus of a manual transmission for one of the ultimate driving machines priced under $90,000.

Kia EV6

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If silent, exciting motoring sounds appealing, Kia’s ground-breaking EV6 battery-electric spaceship might be up your alley.

For under $90,000, you can get your hands on the EV6 Air, GT-Line and GT-Line AWD, the latter of which offers bucketloads of power and torque and outlandish acceleration figures. For those wondering, a full battery offers 528km of driving in the Air, dropping to 484km in the GT-Line AWD.

Ford Everest Platinum

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For those looking for a tough and capable 4x4 with a heap of space for large families, the range-topping Ford Everest Platinum is hard to ignore.

With a heap of power from its V6 turbo-diesel engine, braked towing figures up to 3500kg, and a locking differential for off-road adventures, the Everest Platinum is up for pretty much anything you can throw at it.

Porsche Macan

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While it might be Porsche’s most affordable member of the family, there’s a lot to like about the latest-generation Macan and its eager turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

In a world of bland compact SUVs, the Macan stands confidently on its feet with perky acceleration, agile handling, sleek styling and a handsome, tech-filled cabin that will leave no buyer feeling shortchanged.

Hyundai i30 N

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For the money, there are few cars that are able to compete with the sheer lunacy of the i30 N, which is well on its way to becoming a cult classic.

Hyundai’s hot hatchback comes packing 206kW of power and 392Nm of torque, which tortures the front wheels via your choice of an automatic or manual transmission and a very clever front differential that makes you feel like a Rally star on the road.

Volkswagen Touareg

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If spacious and comfortable European motoring is a key priority for your next car, Volkswagen has you covered with the latest generation of the Touareg SUV.

While you can only get your hands on the entry-level Touareg 170TDI for under our price cut-off here in Australia, it’s a seriously impressive package thanks to the powerful V6 turbo-diesel powerplant and the well-appointed cabin that questions the need to buy an SUV from one of VW’s rivals.

Genesis GV70

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On a similar note, the Genesis GV70 is an SUV that really questions the need to spend more on a lesser-equipped European SUV here in Australia.

For under $90,000, you can get your hands on nearly all members of the GV70 family, which offer a spacious and unique interior design that leaves no luxurious feature box unticked, providing some of the best value for money in the premium SUV segment.

BMW 3 Series


One of the most famous names in the world of executive sedans, the BMW 3 Series, is available for under $90,000 here in Australia - so long as you’re happy with the base model.

The 320i M Sport comes powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine producing 135kW of power and 300Nm of torque, though the headline act here is just how the latest-gen 3 Series feels lively yet comfortable on the road, making for a great all-rounder.

Hyundai Ioniq 5

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All three variants of Hyundai’s futuristic battery-electric SUV are priced under $90,000 here in Australia right now, but considering just how popular it’s becoming - you might have to act quickly before prices rise.

The Ioniq 5 comes with your choice of single and dual electric motor configurations, with power supplied by a 77kWh battery pack that offers range figures up to 507km on a single charge and a sharp styling package that consistently turns heads.

Genesis G70 Sedan & Shooting Brake

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There are two vehicles from Genesis on our list because of one simple reason: the value proposition commands so much attention, it’ll have you second-guessing the need to upgrade to something European.

The G70 sedan and shooting brake are great examples of this recipe, the most premium of which come powered by a twin-turbo V6 producing 274kW/510Nm to the rear wheels and gain a heap of luxurious and sporty features.

Jaguar F-Pace

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Jaguar’s F-Pace received a major update last year, and the end product has resulted in one of the most visually-striking, well-equipped and comfortable European SUVs for under $90,000.

In base form, the F-Pace P250 R-Dynamic produces healthy power and torque figures, has a spacious interior with a large 11.4-inch infotainment display, aluminium highlights and leather upholstery.

Jeep Grand Cherokee L

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If you’re in need of a large SUV to handle a family of seven people, look no further than the all-American Jeep Grand Cherokee L.

Inside, the Grand Cherokee’s interior offers acres of space thanks to the stretched-out platform,  which gives it more than enough space for seven people, a large 487L boot even with the third row standing, and a generous equipment list for the entry-level Night Eagle and Limited variants.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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If you’re looking for a sleek and sophisticated commuter, you can rest assured that Mercedes’ fifth-generation C-Class has covered all the important bases.

The updated C-Class’ cabin offers more space inside, a more generous technology package and a range of more fuel-efficient engines that deliver healthy power figures for the smooth and refined sedan.

Land Rover Defender

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For those looking to head off the beaten track in a European SUV package, the Land Rover Defender offers the same go-anywhere pedigree of the original in a far more sophisticated package.

From the top down, the Land Rover Defender has been designed as a versatile off-roader that is family-friendly around town while remaining confident and capable when sealed roads end, with towing figures for the 90 P300 entry variant standing at 3500kg.

Volvo V60 Cross Country

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Finally, for buyers looking for a slice of practical European motoring without breaking the bank, the V60 Cross Country is an exceptionally strong performer that benefits from Volvo’s sleek styling and confidence-inspiring safety features.

Inside, the V60 Cross Country has a spacious, minimalist-inspired cabin with leather and driftwood highlights, while the technology package is strong with the inclusion of a 12-inch instrument cluster and a 9.0-inch infotainment display.

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Let one of our specialists provide you with their list of the best options under $90,000, and they’ll take all the hassle out of the car-buying process, and find you the best possible price.


Alexi Falson

Alexi is an automotive journalist and road tester hailing from Byron Bay. He has an affection for both cars and motorbikes, a great admiration for the simplicity of old-school engineering, and a fascination of new technology making its way to modern cars. When he's not road testing, you'll find him surfing, hiking or helping people find their dream cars.

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