THE CRI­TE­RIA

Herald Sun - Motoring - - COVER STORY -

THE mantra for the COTY judges seems sim­ple — real cars on real roads for real peo­ple. Ev­ery­thing needs to be as­sessed against the COTY cri­te­ria, then bal­anced against the needs of buy­ers.

That means dif­fer­ent weight­ing for dif­fer­ent cars. Safety and value are the top pri­or­i­ties for a fam­ily SUV but per­for­mance and en­joy­ment are key for a sports car. And a pres­tige or lux­ury car must look good and make the driver feel a bit special.

At their heart, the COTY cri­te­ria break down this way:

DE­SIGN Leg and head­room, er­gonomics, com­fort, vi­sion, ease of nav­i­gat­ing menu screens and us­ing new tech­nol­ogy. VALUE FOR MONEY Price, equip­ment, run­ning costs, re­sale, ma­te­rial qual­ity, war­ranty and dealer sup­port. PER­FOR­MANCE Ac­cel­er­a­tion, brak­ing, gearshifts, steer­ing, cor­ner­ing and sus­pen­sion con­trol, fuel ef­fi­ciency and quiet­ness.

SAFETY The vi­tal ANCAP crash rat­ing, ac­tive safety equip­ment and driveras­sist tech­nol­ogy.

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