Being a critic or a reviewer isn't exactly the easiest thing in the world.
Sure, scribes and presenters are provided with free wheels and get to live the jet-set life, but you have to remember that there is a price to pay. No, not your dignity. The part about testing products no one talks about is having to put your neck on the line and "do the right thing."
That's probably because no one really does it anymore. That's another story for another day, though.
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The Los Angeles Times recently concluded testing of luxury diesel sedans. And, wouldn't you know, it's essentially the same exact test I conducted. The only difference is I was provided an Audi A7 TDI and not the A6 TDI.
After reading the review though I find it a bit, well, peculiar. Instead of weighting fuel economy and price into the equation — why else would you buy a diesel (?) — it seems the LA Times writer is looking for a vehicle with performance intentions. Why else would a 28 mpg earning 535d get the nod over the 29 mpg besting A6 and accomplished 35 mpg of the E-Class?
So, I have to ask: is this reviewer REALLY doing good work here or is this some sort of BMWphile lovefest going on here?
**Check out the FULL LA Times review by clicking "Read Article" below!
...The 535d starts at $57,525, but our tester piled on an additional $8,900 worth of relatively mundane options. But for all that coin, the car still doesn't have a backup camera or parking sensors, which is silly considering they seem to be standard on everything but tricycles now.
But even with the stress of parking by feel, this is the diesel sedan we'd choose. It's exactly the kind of ambassador that diesel cars need to show how power and efficiency can live together happily...