Weight class – the lightest, and heaviest, cars for sale in Australia

There's almost 3000kg separating the lightest and the heaviest cars on sale today, so where does yours weigh in?

There are only three brands (over five models) that offer a car in Australia weighing under 1000kg, which given the expansion of technology, is still pretty impressive.

Cars are getting heavier, there's no doubt about it. A 1992 Volkswagen Golf GTi (below), tipped the scales at 1002kg, whereas the new one weighs 1477kg, a rise of 475kg.

Sure, it has been 30 years and the new model features safety, convenience and performance technology the MK2 Golf couldn't have dreamed of in the early '90s, but even this 'moderate' rise is an increase of 47 per cent.

Today the average weight of all 336 models on sale is 1783kg. Yes, some have batteries, some are big, but so much of that is added strengthening and safety that has been built into and around our cars over the past few decades.

We've compiled the 20 lightest, and heaviest cars on sale today. For the list, we've chosen the lightest variant on offer.

What is the lightest car on sale in Australia?

The accolade of the lightest car you can buy today is the 820kg Suzuki Ignis GL manual (below). In fact, Suzuki is the lightest brand with the average weight of the Ignis, Swift, Jimny, Vitara and S-Cross equating to 1020kg.

In terms of origin, Romania builds the lightest by average at 1287kg (the Ford Puma), followed by Portugal at 1325kg (Volkswagen T-Roc) and then Poland at 1326kg, a blend of the micro-sized Fiat 500 and Abarth 695 and the Volkswagen Caddy and Crafter.

While the full-size commercial Crafter may surprise you due to its large footprint, remember that vans (and cab chassis) are mostly air!

LightestMake / ModelWeightLightestMake / ModelWeight
1Suzuki Ignis820kg11Citroen C31090kg
2Suzuki Swift870kg12Kia Rio1112kg
3Fiat 500920kg13Volkswagen Polo1116kg
4Kia Picanto993kg14Kia Stonic1157kg
5Mazda 21025kg15Toyota Yaris Cross1160kg
6Abarth 6951045kg16MG 31170kg
7Mazda MX-51052kg17Mini Cooper1175kg
8Suzuki Jimny1075kg18Hyundai Venue1200kg
9Suzuki Vitara1075kg19Audi A11235kg
10Toyota Yaris1075kg20Hyundai i20N1235kg

What is the heaviest car on sale in Australia?

The big RAM 2500 and 3500 both sit over the 3500kg weight limit, making the American utes the heaviest cars you can buy today in Australia.

Adding to the top-20 weight class are five EVs (Mercedes-Benz EQV, eVito, EQS, EQC and the BMW i7) as well as the full Rolls-Royce portfolio. Rolls is the third heaviest brand by average, at 2587kg, coming in behind Ineos at 2644kg and RAM at 3252kg.

Strangely, the United States isn't the heaviest country of origin with the US figure of 2133kg a whole 44kg lighter than the 2177kg average of Slovakia, home to heavyweight Audi Q7 and Q8 variants, their Porsche Cayenne and Volkswagen Touareg cousins, plus the Land Rover Defender and Discovery.

HeaviestMake / ModelWeightHeaviestMake / ModelWeight
1RAM 35003609kg11Ineos Grenadier2644kg
2RAM 25003593kg12BMW i72640kg
3Mercedes-Benz EQV2846kg13Lexus LX2630kg
4Mercedes-Benz eVito2797kg14Rolls-Royce Phantom2560kg
5Mercedes-Benz EQS2721kg15Mercedes-Benz G-Class2560kg
6Toyota Granvia2715kg16RAM 15002553kg
7Nissan Patrol2715kg17Rolls-Royce Ghost2540kg
8BMW XM2710kg18Audi RSQ82535kg
9Rolls-Royce Cullinan2660kg19Mercedes-Benz EQC2522kg
10Mercedes-Benz GLS2656kg20Toyota LandCruiser

What does an average car weigh?

Breaking down the vehicle segments, we can see there are plenty of categories where the average weight is still under two tonnes, but not very far under. Interestingly, if you lined up one of each of all 22 small cars on sale, they would weigh about the same as 13 people movers.

Car sales segmentTotal weight of segmentCars in segmentAv. weight
Passenger – Micro2958kg3986kg
Passenger – Light12,368kg111124kg
Passenger – Small31,458kg221430kg
Passenger – Medium41,077kg251643kg
Passenger – Large36,677kg191930kg
Passenger – Upper large29,582kg132276kg
People movers30,974kg132383kg
SUV – Light11,809kg101181kg
SUV – Small59,077kg401477kg
SUV – Medium82,038kg471745kg
SUV – Large76,494kg372067kg
SUV – Upper large41,808kg172459kg
Utes – 4X213,857kg81732kg
Utes – 4X420,625kg82578kg
Commercial (vans/CC)15,887kg81986kg

Which brand makes the heaviest cars?

We've calculated an average weight of each new car manufacturer. You can search the list below:

As for where Australian cars are sourced from, scan the map below to see what the average weight of all supplied vehicles from around the world are:

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James Ward

James has been part of the digital publishing landscape in Australia since 2002 and has worked within the automotive industry since 2007. He joined CarAdvice in 2013, left in 2017 to work with BMW and then returned at the end of 2019 to spearhead the content direction of Drive.

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