how is skoda better in almost every aspect compared to vw?
wouldn’t they be similar since models are basically based on group parts sharing？
Mainly features and spec (vs. price), built quality (although choice of material for certain Skoda model might be of a slightly lower grade than equivalent VW model), and space (Skoda usually is the LWB version of VW equivalent).
Case in point: My previous 3T Superb vs B7 Passat.
Price, Features and Specs:
- Superb ($149K in 2012) is powered by 200ps 2.0TSI EA888 engine & 6 speed wet clutch DSG, while Passat ($156K in 2012) is using the 150ps 1.4TSI EA211 engine & 7 speed dry clutch DSG
- Superb come standard with 9 airbags, GPS navigation system, auto park, premium sound system, brake hold, bi-xenon headlight, quad exhaust, etc. which are not found on the more expensive Passat
- Superb also spotted the patented twin door design for boot (dual opening), which make the boot more usable than the Passat
- Superb is basically a LWB version of Passat and the addtional wheelbase translate to an almost limousine like rear leg space, which allow me to squeeze up to 5 pax (for a 30 min ride) occasionally (not possible for Passat when we tried in showroom)
- Due to the longer overall length, the boot space in Superb is also about 30 ltr larger than Passat, and couple with the twin door mechanism, it allow me to load in relatively large item, such as 3ft fish tank in the car, which is not possible with Passat.
Built Quality & Reliability:
- The sport comfort seat in Superb (not found in 1.4 & 1.8TSI Passat) provide a really good body and lumbar support, and the built quality is definitely on par with Passat, if not better
- As mentioned in the other threads, my Superb after close to 4.5 years of ownership (~159K Km) was practically fault-free (except for a replacement of headlight module), and even the brake pad can last close to 150K Km before replacement needed.
Base on my observations, VW seems to be using Skoda to try out some new technologies, sort of like Toyota Crown vs Lexus GS (as highlighted by toeknee_33 in another thread), so Skoda get 7 speed Wet Clutch DSG for it Superb 2.0 TSI (280ps 4x4 variant) & Kodiaq 2.0 TDI before Passat & Tiguan, newer gen 3B EA888 engine in Superb & Kodiaq before Passat & Tiguan, a sportier 245ps Octavia vs standard Jetta GLI (200ps, available in selected countries), etc. etc.
And there a few others not so significant differences, such as door protector (Kodiaq), umbrella holder in the door (Superb & Kodiaq), lift back (3V Superb) vs notch back (B8 Passat), etc.
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