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
The Skoda’s cabin seems honest and workmanlike: lots of space, and big doorhandles you could operate in a Czech winter with gloves on. The materials are good too, though that cavern of a boot is cheaply lined. But the vRS adds man-hug Recaro seats.
The Seat doesn’t seem so good inside. Part of that is visual: it’s very angular, and somehow the sharp edges look a bit cheap. But these edges are the Seat theme, and on the outside they work well. After all the Leon was designed by the man who did the Lamborghini Gallardo. But the Seat’s seats (sorry) are flatter than the Skoda’s, because the FR isn’t the top sports Leon – there’s still the Cupra to come.
The VW feels better. More touch-feely. More grown-up. More premium. The check cloth seats are knowing rather than tweedy, and make the Seat’s optional leather feel a bit cheap. But there’s a theme inside the VW, Skoda and Seat. They all use the same range of colour touchscreens (no satnav standard, two levels of nav and screen size optional). The same climate controls and stalks, and the same kind of vents.