Austin Maxi vs Renault 16 vs Volkswagen Passat

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Austin Maxi vs Renault 16 vs Volkswagen Passat

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"This group test is the most clear reminder yet that the family car market was a diverse place in the 1970s. There might well have been a rapid move from all of Europe’s carmakers to follow Fiat and Volkswagen’s lead in building small front-wheel-drive saloons and hatchbacks with those all-important transverse engines and end-on transmissions, but it’s interesting that none of this group was so-engineered.
The Maxi was a mere six-years old at the time of the test, and somehow looked both the plainest, hiding its major talents under its skin. We’ve discussed its styling ad infinitum on AROnline, but it’s worth repeating here that its hatchback tail was a relatively late addition during its development programme, and a welcome one at that.
This was a typical Issigonis product – designed by an Engineer with little understanding of marketing and commercial realities. So it received the all-new overhead cam E-Series engine and five-speed transmission (and new factory in which to build it), but was constrained by the need to retain the BMC 1800’s passenger doors. It received Hydrolastic suspension and was equipped to fight the best Europe had to offer.
In an era when the conventional rear-wheel-drive saloon, ruled the UK roost, this all-British hatchback wasn’t really what the home market wanted – so it never came close to meeting its sales targets. But at the time of this group test, it was recognised as an interesting left-field family car that majored on practicality. If you wanted sexy from British Leyland, you needed to buy an Austin Allegro 1750 SS or Morris Marina TC…
For What Car? magazine back in 1975, the verdict was pretty clear cut. It summed up in its group test verdict in simple terms – Renault for comfort, Maxi for practicality, and Passat for everything else."
The Full Test :-
https://www.aronline.co.uk/reviews/best ... atchbacks/
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