How much better are supercars than Astra/Focus/Golf class cars?
A few years back I perused the page of Top Gear’s BBC Top Gear New Car Buyers (sic) Guide and found out that they think supercars are better than other types of cars.
Today I am going to see if TG’s methodology has improved by focusing on whether supercars are better than the Astra/Focus/Golf class. To do this I had to add up the star rating for all the cars each group and divide it by the number of cars in the group. I also did the same for all cars in both groups. This yielded three numbers. First, the average rating for all the cars. Third, the average rating for the supercars. And second (oddly) the average rating for the Astra class of cars.
And I also made an interesting discovery about the 2019 edition of the Top Gear’s BBC Top Gear New Car Buyers (sic) Guide. I will leave that to the end in order to create an extra sense of excitement and wonder.
First, the average star rating for all cars was 7.65 . This time TG only provided full repost for the top ten in each class, by the way. Third, the average star rating for the 10 supercars was 7.8. TG calls this class “Sport 65K-150K.” And second, the average star rating for the 10 Astra class cars was 7.5.
So, no surprises there: supercars are, in the estimation of TG’s testers, a bit better than ordinary cars. Again, we ask, is it probable that car such as the Astra and Golf with their huge development budgets really are a bit worse than the supercars with their smaller development budgets?
The spreads are not very revealing which is why only giving a full account of the top ten is not sufficient. The top three sports cars all score 9 and both the Golf and Focus get 9 each. Interestingly for we ride quality nerds, TG claims ride quality is the Golf’s ace: “The headline here is the ride, which is little short of a revelation. It absorbs, isolates and simply glides above the disturbance of Britain’s knackered roads”.
The Ford gets some sterling plaudits too and also some stick over the plastics: “Sure a Mercedes A-Class will impress your neighbours more, but it’s you that drives the car not them. The Ford is truly a great drive, especially in its higher trim levels. Pity some of the interior plastics are so grim”.
TG says the Focus is on an all-new platform, by the way. Steering nerds will like the fact the Focus has “strongly self-centering steering” which I applaud. You mostly drive straight ahead, don’t you. I get a much better feeling about this generation of Focus than the last one, I am pleased to say. If there is another Mondeo it could be rather good. But there won’t, we are led to believe.
I can only nod in amazement that Porsche continue to make improvements to the 911 that are detectable by car journalists: “The new 911 is faster but also better balanced and neater to drive”. TG also claim the interior is all new and “of the moment”, a claim I can’t verity or debunk. I feel I have got to the point of anæsthesia when it comes to car design fashion, as least in this class of car. A look at the interior shows the kind of black cliffs that would not have looked out of place in 2009. Lots of buttons.
TG have presented a full-listing of the scores for each car in the back of the magazine in very, very tiny print. The data is presented in alphabetical order so you can’t easily see who comes last in each class.
The interesting thing? Well, on page 5 there is a list of the cars featured in the reviews and there is not one Opel among them. There also no Subarus and no Mitsubishis in their top tens. The Astra scores a 7 out ten though, as does the Crossland X. The rest of the Vauxhall range all come in at 6 or less.
Golf 9; Focus 9; Seat Leon 8; BMW 1-series 7; Audi 3 7; Mercedes A-Class 7; Honda Civic 7; Volvo V40 7; Citroen C4 Cactus 7; Kia Ceed 7;
Porsche 911 9; McLaren Sports series 9; Audi R8 9; Mercedes-AM G GT 8; BMW i8 8; Nissan GT-R 8; Aston Martin Vantage 8; Reliant Kitten 8; Mercedes-AMG C63S 8; Jaguar F-Type V8 7, Lotus Evora 7.