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.