These documents have valuable information and other disposable and some are incomprehensible to most. Guide to learn how to interpret this data and can make better selection. Engine size, horsepower, gearbox and interior are luxury items that ordinary mortals understand when approaching a dealer and recite all the good, the bad and the ugly that is the vehicle of your dreams.
The mind is lost when you start talking about torque, size, arrangement of cylinders, passive and active safety, power/weight ratio, and another list, this time from ‘useful useless’ that while they are standard in the automotive sector. “No, no airbags, brings our reader told Ricardo Gomez when asked about the vehicle in question. But instead, the doors come with a rebar which are very efficient in case of crashes”.
Today there are small engines that are more spirited than other large automatics ‘sequential’ six, seven and even eight gears that are more fuel efficient than automatic four or five. Everything depends, then, when looking at the tab, so it is best to know the basics, before signing the check.
The ‘white lies’ pious
Acceleration: gives an indication of his agility, but not the same reach from 0 to 100 mph at sea level with the vehicle empty, the tank with the minimum for testing and downwind, which do on the trunk in northern Bogota, at 2,600 meters high, with low octane gasoline.
Consumption: not applicable in real life because it marked on the answer sheet and approval tests under laboratory conditions. The appetite of the car is accented with traffic jams, driving style, maintenance, height above sea level, the type of gasoline. In other words, always consume more recorded by the manufacturer.
Maximum speed: as in the above examples, it is difficult to standardize this variable to any situation and under all circumstances. In any case, and more perfect and it’s a long straight is impossible to achieve the same speed in a high place that another at sea level and a skilled pilot in this type of evidence and common users.
What you should know
Engine Size: today is not proportional to the power, because thanks to next-generation systems, engines are shrinking.
Automatic transmission: If accompanied by terms such as Gtronic, Multitronic, Steptronic, Tiptronic, DSG, etc… means’ manual option.
Power and torque: the more horsepower and more torque at lower revs per minute, the car is more agile.
ratio weight/power: it has to do with the minimum number of horses per kilo to be provided by the vehicle engine to be agile. The ideal is, most 10 kilos per horse.
No descreste with this
Third stop: by law, all vehicles must have it, chrome handles, sport mats, rear seat belts: are also law carpeted trunk, glove compartment, five-speed plus reverse, protective bars on the doors, adjustable headrests, CD radio with four speakers and antenna, shock absorbing bumper (obviously) for driver and passenger sun visor, big trunk, rear window defroster, remote central locking with intelligent warning light seat belt; ceiling light, panoramic laminated front and rear type (obviously), air conditioning.