AMS ‘Vert comparo

I might start my own magazine.

It’ll be called “Swade’s misaligned comparisons” and in it I’ll compare things like iPod headphones and B&W speaker cabinets. I’ll do wonderful tests comparing inline skates with waffle irons to see which one is the better meat tenderiser.

I think you’re getting my drift.

Auto Motor and Sport, the German edition, has published a comparo test between the Opel Astra Convertible and the Saab 9-3 Convertible.

Now, the Astra is not a bad car at all. But…

The Saab is bigger, more comfortable, better appointed, safer, arguably much more appealing to the eye but unarguably more appealing, roomier, more practical. It’s slightly heavier and therefore slightly less economical (both had the same diesel engine) and in AMS’s opinion the extra kilos also means it doesn’t handle quite as well.

The Saab is also more expensive, mostly due to the fact that it’s bigger, more comfortable, better appointed, safer, arguably much more appealing to the eye but unarguably more appealing, roomier and more practical.

Yet AMS tally up their points system and figure the Astra is a better car.

On this basis a Hyundai Tiburon is a much better car than a Porsche 911 because it costs a tenth of the price. They’re obviously in the same niche as they both have 4 wheels and 2 doors.

OK, that’s an exaggerated example, but other than pointing out how well the German car fares in this test, what was the point?

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2 Comments

  1. Great write-up about the German motoring press!

    It follows a very simple rule: The German (or German made) car always wins. No matter what you test against it.

    If you really have a better car from somewhere else-> see rule one.

    Rgds
    Martin

  2. …not to mention that they compared a metal-top Astra to a soft-top Saab. I wonder if they tested the handling of the Astra with that heavy top up or down?
    Doesn’t figure though that the Astra was quicker on acceleration. It’s quite a bit heavier if the specs I found are correct (3650 pounds to the Saab’s 3480 because of the metal top).

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