At CarAdvice, we argue about cars. A lot. On almost a daily basis, protagonists will stake claims, draw battle lines, spit dummies, and grudge matches play out around the office with rarely any resolution reached. It’s not the imbalanced bravado and colourful language that makes such conflict unfit for publication, it just doesn’t really fit the largely objective mould of critical review.
Thing is, passion, pride and prejudice can and do play large roles in bridging the divide between which car one should buy against which car one actually would. Allowing all three to wildfire uncontained can be, at times, quite entertaining and occasionally funny – at least to those involved – regardless of how fruitless the outcome.
Then the age-old debate of who, Australia or Europe, produces the better performance bang for your buck blew up – stakes hammered deep enough, the claims overtly bold enough – that hypotheses wouldn’t cut it. It demanded a result, in turn demanding a test. And to make beans count, we’d have to try bottling conflict’s energy for wider consumption than merely the protagonists’ egos…
So here it is - the Volkswagen Golf R wagon versus Australia's own - the Holden Commodore SS-V Redline wagon.