In Reply to: This is a really silly point. (nt) posted by Roamer on March 06, 1999 at 09:45:15:
: : Read the fine print "disclosure" statement at the bottom of the scoring test. Basically, it says that the total scores of the vehicles are NOT the sum of the individual scores. They are arrived at using certain UNdisclosed subjective measurements.
: : Now to begin with, many of the test scores WERE ALREADY subjective. Now they say, they basically throw all that out and tell us they used a completely different system to arrive at the total score.
: : Does the word, "manipulate" come to mind?
The real silliness is in CD's approach in testing cars is their attempt to quantify the unquantifiable. Their numeric values imply that attributes being tested are quantifiable. The truth is that very little of the reasons people buy one car rather than another can be quantified.
That doesn't negate a reviewer's opinion, as long as he/she doesn't stand behind some arbitrary scalar value.
But for anyone to infer, regardless of which car was awarded first place by ONE point, that this is some sort of watershed victory, is senseless.
My wife owns an A4 1.8T and I have a 323i. These are both fine cars and I enjoy driving her A4--in fact I recommended she test drive one. She loves her A4 just as much as I love my 323i. We both had a laugh over the CD comparo.