Leisure Wheels (South Africa) - - MAIL -

Thank you for omit­ting the con­tro­ver­sial off-road rat­ing in the Buyer’s Guide. At least I can en­joy read­ing your pub­li­ca­tion again without get­ting upset about the lat­est rat­ings.

The new for­mat of the Buyer’s Guide (in May 2017) is an im­prove­ment. You then in­cluded two ex­tra fields and I hoped that the be­gin­ning of the year would see the off-road rat­ing amended, as un­for­tu­nately it looked like a rather ran­dom al­lo­ca­tion (sub­jec­tive) of rat­ings.

I would re­ally sug­gest that in­stead of the off-road rat­ing, you rather in­clude a field(s) with ‘low range’, ‘diff/ground clear­ance’ and diff lock, also sug­gested by Ben Vis­agie (June 2018) as well as the cur­rent fields with just an ex­ten­sion. Then we would re­ally have all that is needed.

The sim­ple for­mula of ‘Drive sys­tem’: 4WD; FWD; RWD, as well as ‘Trans­mis­sion’: 5R (5 gears, real-wheel drive); 6R etc; 6×2/2-4 (six gears, low range/2 wheel drive or four­wheel drive); 5×2/4 (5 gears, low range/AWD – all wheel drive). As a reader, I can eas­ily de­cide the la­tent or po­ten­tial off-road ca­pa­bil­ity of the ve­hi­cle. Read in con­junc­tion with test re­sults by (your) jour­nal­ists, it is easy to de­cide. Hen­ning Malan, via e-mail The Buy­ers Guide rat­ing was al­ways in­tended as a guide, and not gospel. We would lit­er­ally have needed to test ev­ery model of ev­ery range (be­cause two mod­els in the same range can have dif­fer­ent tyre sizes, clear­ances, and so on) on the same 4×4 track, in ex­actly the same con­di­tions. This is, as good as it sounds, just not plau­si­ble. In the mean­time we’re work­ing on an al­ter­na­tive rat­ing sys­tem. – Ed.

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