How Do We Assess the Cars?
Before the vehicles even move out of our parking lot, we already throw the test units under our proverbial microscope. We use our meticulous parameters in assessment, looking at the cars from every angle possible. Everything from design, fit and finish, space, functionality – even the practicality of a certain tech feature – are carefully tested, assessed, and scored.
In short, we don’t only review cars. We help car buyers choose the right vehicle for them.
Where Do We Drive the Cars?
As we focus on real-world testing, our expert reviewers subject the cars to daily driving within the city, including roads where normal car buyers would probably take the vehicle. We also take the review vehicles to long drives to ensure that the test units go through a rigorous assessment of comfort, performance, and practicality.
How Do We Test Fuel Economy?
We have three categories in fuel economy testing: City, Fast, and Highway. In City, we take the review vehicle in regular drives within the city during rush hours, whereas Fast testing involves light city or provincial traffic at an average speed of 60 km/h. Highway testing, on the other hand, is done on speedways at an average speed of 90 km/h. All tests are done with a light load – only one or two people on board with minimal cargo.
To measure fuel efficiency, we use the review vehicle’s built-in fuel economy meter. Just in case the test unit doesn’t have a fuel economy meter in it, we do it the old way, which involves taking note of the distance traveled versus the actual consumed fuel as shown at the fuel pump.
How Do We Score Our Reviews?
We use a 10-point scale system––‘1’ being the lowest, ’5’ the highest, with 0.5 increments––in scoring the test units based on five categories: Performance, Design, Ride Comfort, Safety and Technology, and Value For Money. All of these categories are scored in relation to the published spec sheet of the test unit, the car’s intended purpose, and in comparison the competitors within its segment. This means a small hatchback isn’t rated the same way a midsize SUV is tested.
Includes the power delivery of the engine in different road conditions, as well as handling, braking, and transmission.
Covers the vehicle’s overall exterior and interior styling, quality of the materials, perceived durability, and ergonomics.
Scored based on the car’s suspension and NVH (noise, vibration, and harshness) insulation.
Value for Money
Tackles the amount of the vehicle that you get with the sticker price, along with the car’s fuel efficiency if it’s a mainstream passenger vehicle. Sports cars, on the other hand, are scored based on the amount of performance you get per peso.
We score the cars based on demerits, starting with a perfect score of 5 then going down as we find fault in the vehicle during the test period. A score of 3.5 is considered satisfactory and at par with the industry standard.