Explained: the VW Group's MQB platform
It's highly complex, incredibly clever and previews future car production. Time to swot up with Paul Horrell
Posted: 21 Mar 2014
Seeing the four of them converge at the TG track, there’s no confusion between them. They look well-proportioned, too: MQB fixes a good relationship between the front wheels and the screen, and a shortish front overhang. The Skoda is longer than the others, both in the wheelbase and the rucksack rear overhang, because Skodas are all about space. The Audi, VW and Seat sit on a shorter wheelbase. Actually there’s a shorter wheelbase again, used by the 3dr versions of the Audi and Seat (but not VW). So each brand can decide how it wants to balance the priorities of space, style and weight.
Bending metal is pretty much a fixed cost, so you wouldn’t expect to see a price stratification in their body shapes. And since the Skoda, Seat and VW are top-line spec, they all get LED running lights and tail-lights, so no advantage to the Audi where those things are optional. Inside, there’s a broadly upward slope in quality versus price. But with bumps along the slope.