Trawling the internet for car reviews can be a pain, so we decided to pull them all together in one place in our new car reviews section.
This helps you get an idea of exactly what experts think about each particular model, but saves you a lot of time.
How do you calculate them?
Because other sites use a range of different systems to rate cars, we add up all the scores and average them out to give you one total score out of 100 for each car, based on all the reviews across the web.
What do the different ratings mean?
Each car gets an overall rating, which is the total score calculated from all the different reviews on the web for that particular model.
Anything above 80 gets a green light, meaning it’s streets ahead. Anything ranked from 50 to 80 gets a yellow, meaning it’s middle of the road, and anything under 50 gets a red, meaning it will likely drive owners crazy.
We also display the individual rating given by each website/reviewer.
What do the different colors mean?
We use a traffic light system to rate each car, determined by its total score.
What happens when sites rate their cars out of ten?
Let’s take Kelley Blue Book as an example, as they calculate their ratings out of 10.
Say they did a review of the latest Toyota Camry and it got a score out of 8.8. We calculate our total Autoscore ratings out of 100 so we simply multiply that by ten, so it would get 88 out of 100.
What about those that rate out of five?
Some websites do their ratings out of 5. In that case we multiply those ratings by 20 to calculate a score out of 100. So if a car gets four out of five, it gets 80 out of 100 in our ratings.
What about star ratings?
The same process above applies to star ratings. So if a car gets eight out of ten stars, then it gets 80 out of 100 in our ratings. If it gets four stars out of five, then it would also get 80 out of 100.
What about sites that use letter ratings?
Some companies use letters to rate their reviews. For example Edmunds use the letters A (excellent), B (good), C (fair), D (poor) and F (bad) every time they do a review.
In that case, we do the same as we would with star ratings. A would be five out of five, B four out of five, and so on. So if a car was rated B, it would be the equivalent of four out of five, so would get 80/100 in our ratings system.
What are the excerpts?
We provide a small excerpt from each individual review by an expert. If you want to read the full review, then just click on the link.
How about the video reviews underneath?
Underneath all the text reviews, you’ll see a selection of video reviews about each model. We add these because they can be really useful in helping you find out more about particular cars. The video reviews don’t count towards the overall Autoscore.
Can I submit my own review?
If you’re a magazine or website and we’ve missed any of your reviews then please send us the details at autosaurnews at gmail dot com or enter them using the online form on the relevant page. If you own a vehicle or have driven a particular model and would like to leave your own review, then make sure to add it to the User Reviews section so you can help other people who are trying to find out about which car to buy.
If you have any comments or suggestions please email us at autosaurnews at gmail dot com.