Nonsense on TV: ZDF compares Mercedes and BMW in a "duel" and leaves spectators at a loss - Does the Swabian housewife actually drift around the corner with the son in the child seat?

ZDF: "Everyday test" on the racing track

ZDF: "Everyday test" on the racing track

Mercedes and BMW - according to ZDF "the top dogs of the German auto industry" in comparison. The television authors have apparently escaped the fact that Audi has long been at the top. What I saw as a curious announcement ended in deep disappointment, which I would have liked to switch off. I have never seen such nonsense. Foreign embarrassment is the order of the day because the motor and business journalists industry is able to produce much better things. In any case, the question "Who builds the better cars?" Was not answered. For the question of who produced the worst car show ever. 

Everyone should watch the show to really laugh. Real satire, comedy or horror in HD, at least not a program in which Lieschen Müller is even given a hint of decision-making aid for one of the two brands or the lead of one of the two companies would be visible. First category: driving behavior. "We test close to everyday life," says the voice from the off. Racing driver Nicole Lüttecke is shown how she drifts around a race track in a drift with a BMW 730 d and a new S-Class S 350 and each with 258 hp. "The fastest lap wins," says the voice. The Mercedes achieved the fastest lap with 1: 27,5 minutes, the BMW in 1: 25,7 minutes. First point for BMW.

What should this criterion tell us about everyday life? Perhaps the tester's advice that the BMW has better, more direct steering? Prove two seconds ahead which brand is better in this segment? A brazen insolence to send anything like that. I praise myself “Top Gear”, at least you know that the wild drifts are primarily for entertainment, not for brand advice.

Second category: off-road vehicles. BMW X5 against Mercedes ML. Here too little substance. In the absence of sufficient ground clearance, the BMW gets stuck. The point goes to Mercedes.

Third category: middle class. Mercedes C 220 against a BMW 320, although it goes unmentioned that the BMW is a diesel. The film also ignores the fact that the real middle class is shaped by the E-Class and the five. The tests include how well you can place a child in the child seat, how easy it is to park and turn. Then it's back in the housewife drift across the racetrack, as every mother with the child in the child seat is sure to do when shopping to be at home before the husband. Is that supposed to be serious reporting with advisory function? The BMW almost fails because of the higher loading edge when loading groceries.

Then the topic of economy is taken up and the question is asked whether the prospectus values ​​of the consumption are correct. So Lieschen Müller now knows that these standard values ​​are more of a theoretical nature and that consumption is primarily influenced by the driver. The fact that the “duel” on motorways only drives at 130 km / h is due to political correctness, not the reality of everyday life. Instead of the specified 4,4 liters, the Mercedes actually needs 5,1 liters, the BMW 5,9 liters instead of 4,9 liters.

Decide seconds about brand value?

Decide seconds about brand value?

And then three “experts” enter the ZDF factory, the Ludolfs, who have become famous as RTL auto parts recyclers. They are supposed to reduce consumption by reducing weight, unscrew all parts, even the bonnet is removed. One is doing a fuel-saving course. The result is clear, the message confused. Clearly, anticipatory driving and restrained gas give more than a removed bonnet. And at prime time! At the latest now, the viewer is considering filing a reimbursement of the GEZ fees. The Mercedes wins this criterion because its consumption is somewhat closer to the value of the brochure.

Then the workshops are tested, here both brands fail, because not all built-in errors were discovered. In fact, workshop tests are rarely positive for manufacturers. I can understand that the deactivated horn is not detected. No mechanic will be able to check every technical detail. The mobile BMW service, which repairs a fake breakdown free of charge, is outstanding. At Mercedes, on Friday afternoon there is only one tape on which you can hear "24 hour service, please do not hang up". Then a person on the phone who says that it's after 13 p.m. It's embarrassing - for Mercedes-Benz. Clear victory for BMW.

Let us skip the point of everyday usability that begins for the television makers at Carl Benz. That the Nazis also drove Mercedes must not go unmentioned. Is this a decision-making feature for a customer? Topic missed.

And then the criterion Image, where auto motor und sport editor-in-chief Ralph Alex is allowed to speak. "We surveyed 112.000 readers." BMW is at the forefront in the "I like the brand" point. BMW scores very emotionally, says Alex, while Mercedes is valued and has a sober image. The appearance of Alex is the only serious moment in this film, but it is not enough to balance the other nonsense and idiocy.

For example the scene in which bobby cars are set up in a kindergarten. We can guess three times. Yes, four Mercedes and four BMWs each. "But there are only seven children, which Bobby-Car will be left over?" Asks the voice. A BMW stopped. Well, at least a psychologist puts the selection of children into perspective. Nevertheless, the point goes to Mercedes. You are impressed.

Then it's about security. Braking from 100 km / h on a wet road. The BMW is one meter earlier at 35,5 meters. Suddenly a jump to the electric car. BMW i is praised as innovative by a trend researcher. ZDF-Speech: "BMW compensates for the slight plus points in terms of safety with innovative strength - a tie, we give both of them one point."

But in the intrinsic value category, my computer refuses to accept more text. You have to pull yourself in to see the arbitrariness and the nonsense. The bargaining on the used car market and, above all, the conclusion is so silly that it eludes an objective description. The fact that the BMW is more expensive to sell is as representative and valuable as a survey of the weather next month.

The fact that the film then sums up under the criterion "fairness" how much made-in-germany is in the cars fits the entire amateurish preparation. Only one thing is missing: Professor Ferdinand Dudenhöffer, Germany's leading car industry explorer, who estimates the German share at BMW at 55 percent and at Mercedes at 65 percent. However, it gives the impression that Mercedes alone has its engines produced in Germany. Then there are still work contracts, ethics, the lack of transparency and more. Everything is then stirred together and leads to the result that there is fairness only for the core workforce. Now there is a tie.

And then the usual populist criterion: which brand has the most speeders?

A police officer explains his subjective perception, which ZDF wants to sell us almost as representative: "BMW drivers are more agile ..." A radar control then decides the duel very tightly because, by chance, a few BMWs were faster than the police on an inner-city expressway allowed. The many other brands that were significantly faster are not mentioned.

For the ZDF, the duel Mercedes won “very close 5: 4”. For me, the ZDF has lost. See for yourself if you have time to waste or are now curious.

In the end, I conclude that I wasted 45 minutes in front of the TV.

The ZDF has unsuccessfully fluffed up as serious. The program can be seen here

Embarrassing, more embarrassing, ZDF.








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