The Volkswagen Golf has been named the Wheels magazine car of the year for 2013.
The win gives the company its third Wheels gong in five years and is the third time the Golf has taken out the prize following wins for models in 1976 and 2009.
Wheels editor Glenn Butler said the Golf was satisfying to drive, serene to ride in and superbly user-friendly.
"It's also remarkably fuel-efficient, inarguably safe, technically advanced and, especially in its least-expensive form, stunning value," he said.
"Quite simply, the Golf has aced it."
The only criticism the judges had of the car was the conservative approach taken by the company with the exterior and interior design.
But they hailed the car's engineering advancements along with its pricing, fuel-efficiency and safety.
"From the smallest, thoughtful details to the biggest basics, this is a car that never falters," the magazine said.
"This is one of the most worthy Wheels car of the year winners ever."
The Wheels award has been running since 1963, when the Renault R8 took out the prize.
Last year it was shared by the Toyota 86 and the Subaru BRZ, the sports cars jointly developed by the two companies.
The last Australian-built car to win the award was the Holden VE Commodore in 2006.