There is no such thing as the one best car in the market, but there are many good cars, and the 2018 EVOLTN Cars of Malaysia is an award that recognizes the variety of good choices out there.

In our line of work, we often get asked to name one best car to buy at a certain budget or segment. It is a question that many motoring publishers have sought to answer with comparison tests and Car of the Year awards.

But having reviewed countless number of cars over the years, covering various segments, we have come to the realization that it is pointless to dictate any one car to be the absolute best of a given segment.
Every car out there has its unique collection of traits that make them each better suited to the needs of different individuals. To name one car that best fits the requirements of every buyer shopping in that segment? The approach doesn’t quite make sense now, does it?

Also, just because a car was launched last year, or two years ago, does not mean it’s immediately no good next to the brand shiny new one unveiled yesterday.

With all these considerations in mind, the Aurizn team presents the inaugural EVOLTN Cars of Malaysia awards. Unlike most car awards in the market, we consider the merits of all cars presently on sale, and we select the best three of every category. You, the consumer, make your final pick on what you feel is the best car for yourself.



Our full list of nominees and categories which they belong to are listed below. These cars were not randomly selected and neither were they ‘handpicked’ according to amount of advertising dollars received from their makers. Instead, they were put through a rigourous scoring system evaluating their respective merits on value for money, safety, driving performance, design, and quality.

The full scoring of each car will be open to scrutiny and available for download at a later date. This not only ensures transparency, but also provides you, the buyer, an additional tool to examine how each car scored in different aspects. Safety more important to you than performance? You’ll get to examine that for yourself.

The objective of our awards is very clear – to be a buying guide, and not to be a masturbating party of squirting on each other’s face trying to exert imaginative authority to car makers for “This IS THE BEST CAR OUT OF THE UNIVERSE’s SUVs” that kind of shit.

We respect the variety and diversity of the market, we help narrow down your choices, but more importantly, we trust in the intelligence of our esteemed readers that you are the best person to decide what is the best car of the year for yourself.

And the winners are...

‍‍‍City Cars of Malaysia

‍‍‍Kia Picanto

Others in category: Perodua Axia, Renault Twizy

Proton Saga

Perodua Bezza

Compact Hatch of Malaysia

Honda Jazz‍‍‍

Others in category: Kia Rio, Chevrolet Sonic, Renault Zoe, Haval H1, Nissan X-Gear

Perodua Myvi‍‍‍

Proton Iriz‍‍‍

Supermini of Malaysia‍‍‍


Others in category: Renault Clio, Volkswagen Polo

Peugeot 208‍‍‍

Ford Fiesta‍‍‍

Compact Sedan ‍‍‍of Malaysia

‍‍‍Honda City‍‍‍

Others in category: Chevrolet Sonic, Kia Rio Sedan, Mazda2, Nissan Almera, Toyota Vios.

Proton Persona‍‍‍

Volkswagen Vento

Mid-Sized Hatchback of Malaysia


Others in category: Peugeot 308, Renault Megane, Proton Suprima S

Ford Focus‍‍‍

Hyundai Ioniq‍‍‍

Mid-Sized Sedan of Malaysia

Honda Civic

Others in category: Chevrolet Cruze, Hyundai Elantra, Kia Cerato, Proton Preve, Renault Fluence, Toyota Co‍‍‍rolla Altis


Ford Focus‍‍‍

Family Executive Sedan of Malaysia

Honda Accord‍‍‍

Others in category: Chevrolet Malibu, Hyundai Sonata, Proton Perdana

Nissan Teana‍‍‍

Toyota Camry‍‍‍

‍‍‍Sports Executive of Malaysia

Kia Optima GT‍‍‍

Others in category: Citroen DS5, Ford Mondeo, Peugeot 508


Volkswagen Pa‍‍‍ssat

Sportwagons of Malaysia


Others in category: Subaru Levorg, Subaru Outback

Peugeot 508 S‍‍‍W

Volvo V90

Compact MPV of Malaysia‍‍‍

Honda BR-V‍‍‍

Others in category: Chery Eastar ST, Nissan Grand Livina, Perodua Alza, Toyota Avanza.

Proton Ertiga‍‍‍

Toyota Sienta‍‍‍

Midsize MPV of Malaysia

Citroen C4 Picas‍‍‍so

Others in category: Chery Maxime, Chevrolet Orlando, Mazda Biante, Mazda5, Nissan Serena.

Toyota Innova‍‍‍

Proton Exora‍‍‍

‍‍‍‍‍‍Large MPV of Malaysia

Citroen C4 Grand Pic‍‍‍asso

Others in category: Honda Odyssey

Ford S-Max‍‍‍

Kia Grand Carnival‍‍‍

‍‍‍‍‍‍People Carrier of Malaysia

Mercedes-Benz Vito‍‍‍

Others in category: Hyundai Starex

Peugeot Traveller‍‍‍

Weststar Maxus G10‍‍‍

‍‍‍Premium MPV of Malaysia

Mercedes-Benz V-Class‍‍‍

Toyota Alphard‍‍‍

Toyota Vellfire

Crossover of Malaysia‍‍‍

Honda HR-V‍‍‍

Others in category: Ford EcoSport, Hyundai Kona, Mazda CX-3, Mitsubishi ASX, Renault Captur, Toyota C-HR, Toyota Rush

Peugeot 2008‍‍‍

Subaru XV‍‍‍

Mid-Sized SUV of Malaysia

Honda CR-V‍‍‍

Others in category: Subaru Forester, Hyundai Tuc‍‍‍son, Kia Sportage, Renault Koleos, Volkswagen Tiguan

Mazda CX-5‍‍‍

Peugeot 3008‍‍‍

Family SUV of Malaysia

Hyundai Santa Fe‍‍‍

Others in category: Nissan X-Trail

Kia Sorento‍‍‍

Mitsubishi Outlander‍‍‍‍‍‍

‍‍‍Offroad SUV of Malaysia

Ford Everest‍‍‍

Isuzu MU-X‍‍‍

Toyota Fortuner‍‍‍

‍‍‍Pickup Trucks of Malaysia

Ford Ranger‍‍‍

Others in category: Chevrolet Colo‍‍‍rado, Mazda BT-50, Nissan Navara, Toyota Hilux

Isuzu D-Max‍‍‍

Mitsubishi Triton‍‍‍

‍‍‍Coupes of Malaysia‍‍‍

Kia Cerato Koup‍‍‍

Subaru BRZ‍‍‍

Volkswagen Beetle

Premium Compact Car o‍‍‍f Malaysia

BMW 1 Series‍‍‍

Others in category: Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Mercedes-Benz B-Class, Mercedes-Benz CLA, MINI 5 Door

MINI 3 Door‍‍‍

Volvo V40‍‍‍

Premium Family Car of‍‍‍ Malaysia

BMW 3 Series‍‍‍

Others in category: Audi A4, Audi A5 Sportback, Infiniti Q50, Jaguar XE, Lexus IS, MINI ‍‍‍Clubman

Mercedes-Benz C‍‍‍-Class

Volvo S60‍‍‍

‍‍‍‍‍‍Premium Executive Car of Malaysia

BMW 5 Series‍‍‍

Others in category: Audi A6, Infiniti Q70, Jaguar XF, Lexus ES, Lexus GS

Mercedes-Benz E-Class‍‍‍

Volvo S90‍‍‍

‍‍‍Executive Coupe of ‍‍‍Malaysia

BMW 6 Series GT‍‍‍

Maserati Ghibli‍‍‍

Mercedes-Benz CLS‍‍‍

‍‍‍Luxury Flagship Car of M‍‍‍alaysia

BMW 7 Series‍‍‍

Others in category: Jaguar XJ, Lexus LS, Maserati Quattroporte

Mercedes-Benz S-Class‍‍‍

Porsche Panamera‍‍‍

Premium Compact SUV of Malaysia

BMW X1‍‍‍

Others in category: Audi Q3, Range Rover Evoque, Infiniti QX50

Mercedes-Benz GLA‍‍‍

MINI Countryman‍‍‍