In Germany, in German car mags to be specific, they do things somewhat differently from the way we do over here. They don’t 'do' subjective impressions. Instead, they generate numbers – lots and lots of numbers – and then they crunch those numbers until they produce a verdict.
So if car A manages to out-stop, out-accelerate, out-grip and out-economise car B and so on, it wins, basically, and that’s that.
Over here, though, we crunch the numbers just as vigorously as they do over there, but then having crunched those numbers we take a step back and introduce that greyest of grey areas, otherwise known as the subjective impression. And this, in a nutshell, is what makes a UK car mag’s opinion that little bit warmer to read than those in Germany.
Due to a culture that has built up here over many, many decades, we try to put you, the reader, behind the wheel of whatever car we’re writing about, and inevitably that means resorting to personal opinion.
But having now read various different pieces about the new Audi RS6 in particular, I’m beginning to wonder if we shouldn’t all just adopt the German model and be damned – because the inconsistency of overall judgement about the RS6 must be extraordinarily confusing if you happen to be a reader of UK car magazines and websites.