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!

Lightest Make / Model Weight Lightest Make / Model Weight
1 Suzuki Ignis 820kg 11 Citroen C3 1090kg
2 Suzuki Swift 870kg 12 Kia Rio 1112kg
3 Fiat 500 920kg 13 Volkswagen Polo 1116kg
4 Kia Picanto 993kg 14 Kia Stonic 1157kg
5 Mazda 2 1025kg 15 Toyota Yaris Cross 1160kg
6 Abarth 695 1045kg 16 MG 3 1170kg
7 Mazda MX-5 1052kg 17 Mini Cooper 1175kg
8 Suzuki Jimny 1075kg 18 Hyundai Venue 1200kg
9 Suzuki Vitara 1075kg 19 Audi A1 1235kg
10 Toyota Yaris 1075kg 20 Hyundai i20N 1235kg

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.

Heaviest Make / Model Weight Heaviest Make / Model Weight
1 RAM 3500 3609kg 11 Ineos Grenadier 2644kg
2 RAM 2500 3593kg 12 BMW i7 2640kg
3 Mercedes-Benz EQV 2846kg 13 Lexus LX 2630kg
4 Mercedes-Benz eVito 2797kg 14 Rolls-Royce Phantom 2560kg
5 Mercedes-Benz EQS 2721kg 15 Mercedes-Benz G-Class 2560kg
6 Toyota Granvia 2715kg 16 RAM 1500 2553kg
7 Nissan Patrol 2715kg 17 Rolls-Royce Ghost 2540kg
8 BMW XM 2710kg 18 Audi RSQ8 2535kg
9 Rolls-Royce Cullinan 2660kg 19 Mercedes-Benz EQC 2522kg
10 Mercedes-Benz GLS 2656kg 20 Toyota LandCruiser 2495kg

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 segment Total weight of segment Cars in segment Av. weight
Passenger – Micro 2958kg 3 986kg
Passenger – Light 12,368kg 11 1124kg
Passenger – Small 31,458kg 22 1430kg
Passenger – Medium 41,077kg 25 1643kg
Passenger – Large 36,677kg 19 1930kg
Passenger – Upper large 29,582kg 13 2276kg
People movers 30,974kg 13 2383kg
Sports 61,873kg 39 1587kg
SUV – Light 11,809kg 10 1181kg
SUV – Small 59,077kg 40 1477kg
SUV – Medium 82,038kg 47 1745kg
SUV – Large 76,494kg 37 2067kg
SUV – Upper large 41,808kg 17 2459kg
Utes – 4X2 13,857kg 8 1732kg
Utes – 4X4 20,625kg 8 2578kg
Vans 22,041kg 12 1837kg
Commercial (vans/CC) 15,887kg 8 1986kg

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 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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