Yup. Like it a lot.
Not unique by any stretch but not at all bad looking commuter either.
Definite hint of Audi A4 in the rear quarter.
Not sure about the moustache grill. Buy one in white and would look a bit like V!
Unlike the Japanese boxen of this class, this definitely has some character to it. Interior's really well-equipped. Lots of bootspace for this class. Good, clean design. And, best of all, no stigma in comparison to driving a Passat. Oh, Skoda, America wants your sweet Czech-ness.
Looks clean cut and tidy. I like it.
As for the underpinnings, it's all MQB - modular transverse building kit. Likely every Audi, VW, Skoda and Seat with transverse engines will be based on this. Note though, the MQB is designed to scale in length, width, and wheelbase. It's much more flexible than the traditional notion of a platform.
It'll be 9cm longer and 4.5cm wider than the predecessor, and supposedly up to 100kg lighter. Apparently, the GreenLine TDI is supposed to make do with 3.4l/100km (69/83mpg), 4l should be realistic. Oh, and it has an ice scraper in the fuel door
So this is basically a rebagded Jetta/Toledo, sharing the same crappy interior and cheap rear suspension (or the other way round), right?
Also, only those with more powerful engines get the multi link rear suspension
So far A3 Mk3, León Mk3, Mk7 and Octavia Mk3 have been produced on the new platform
Last edited by jack_christie; December 13th, 2012 at 1:44 AM.____________________________
This is the VW that everyone who hates VWs (read: me) likes. I wouldn't touch a Golf GTI, but I'd give my left nut for a chance to drive an Octavia vrS.
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