Snap poll: which of the VAG soft-roaders do you prefer?

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Over the course of the last year, VAG has finally shown off the flexibility of its MQB platform by releasing not one, not two, not even three, but four distinct crossovers based on the ubiquitous component set. Ranging from 4.2m (Audi Q2) to 4.7m (Škoda Kodiaq) in length, and varying in styling, market positioning and global appeal, they will nonetheless often find themselves fighting over the wallets of similar customers, at least in Europe. So now the question to our readers: which do you prefer?

Which of the VAG quadruplets do you prefer?

  • None of them - I much prefer the competition (35%, 50 Votes)
  • The sporty one: Seat Ateca (27%, 39 Votes)
  • The pragmatic one: Škoda Kodiaq (22%, 31 Votes)
  • The wannabe-premium one: VW Tiguan (12%, 17 Votes)
  • The premium one: Audi Q2 (3%, 5 Votes)
  • I like all of them (1%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 144

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About Krzysztof Wozniak

Kriss grew up in Poland reading German car magazines, before moving to England and graduating to the British magazines, which he still considers the best in the world and continues reading them after he'd moved to the US. In college he promised himself he's buy himself a used Porsche before he turned 30 (not to be accused of having a mid-life crisis), but instead family needs dictated a Subaru Outback. Still waiting for that perfect moment to buy a used 2008-ish Cayman...
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Comments

  1. Nice comparison. All looks pretty the same :P. Answer: none of them. I would choose other SUV.

  2. Excluding the Audi, they all look the same. And that’s not an advantage for the Audi since it is the ugliest.
    So I would go for SUVs of other brands.
    the new KIA Sportage, the Hyundai Tucson, the Renault Kadjar, the Honda CR-V all look nicer and more unique than these models.
    And then there’s the new Peugeot 3008 that also has very different looks.

  3. Well, Peugeot just revealed the new 5008 and it has so much more personality than the Kodiaq.
    Now I would definitely pick that one over the Kodiaq whose only advantage was size, and now it doesn’t even has that.

  4. “distinct crossovers”, “varying in styling”, “global appeal”. My goodness, someone should take off his VAG glasses.

    Fascinating to read the description of the Audi Q2: “the premium one”. International media have written about its bad interior materials and outdated infotainment system, but of course the four rings make it a ‘premium’ car. Psychology in progress!

    I agree with Pedro. Other brands have nicer looking cars with similar or better features. Nevertheless, I think it’s a good thing for VAG that their models differ in size, because otherwise the overlap would’ve been even bigger.

  5. There are so many good SUVs/Crossovers on the market but that is not the case here. Maybe Skoda is OK because of the size and (presumably) competitive price.

  6. Krzysztof Wozniak says:

    @Losagne – I meant for “global appeal” to be a concept which can vary from “none” to “appeals to the whole world”. Also, say what you want, but they are different models from different brands, and thus “distinct”.

    Same with labeling Audi as the “premium” one – it is merely a reflection of the brands positioning in the market, rather than an opinion. I know you have strong opinions on whether brands called “premium” are in fact objectively better than those deemed “mainstream”, but there is no escaping the fact that the industry likes to divide brands into “premium”, “mainstream” and, increasingly, “value”

    • Hi Krzysztof,

      You don’t have to explain yourself 😉 I’m just a car enthusiast who likes to read a blogger’s point of view. It’s fascinating. But sometimes I get the idea I’m reading the same predictable stuff as in car magazines which, in Europe, are controlled by German media. For instance, I totally agree with you about the industry’s will to divide concerning ‘premium’. But is that reason for the media to automatically do the same? That’s why people become blogger’s in my opinion. To be different.
      When I hear you say the cars are “distinct, because they are different models from different brands”, I truly hope you didn’t mean it like that, because it’s redundant. Or you must think your readers are 8 years old?

      • Krzysztof Wozniak says:

        Losagne, I’m glad we’re on the same page re: being a car enthusiast and expressing your opinion. And, from personal experience, I agree with you that what the industry deems “premium” is not necessarily what consumers or car enthusiasts deem premium. Example: I recently was in the market for a 7-seat car (which in the US means an SUV, unless you want one of the local, gigantic vans) and chose a Kia Sorento over a Volvo XC90. Part of the reason was that the Sorento felt more premium in some ways – the (admittedly, premium-grade) leather was nicer, the interior design more cohesive, and the V6 engine smoother and more powerful than the turbo/super-charged 4-cyl in the Volvo.

  7. Yes, it’s about interpretation of the individual. Of course, I see the difference between the BMW 5 series/MB E Class and the Ford Mondeo/Renault Talisman/Toyota Avensis/VW Passat, but at the end of the day ‘premium’, besides being a gift, implies the highest level of quality. I think it’s quite logical Rolls-Royce never communicates about their ‘premium’ status. Sadly modern marketeers working for mainstream brands abuse the term ‘premium’ only for the purpose to earn more money per vehicle. And this often means customers getting less value for more money.

    Funny you mention the Sorento. Together with a friend I tested the large Kia SUV a couple of months ago and we were impressed as well. When you look at the first generation (which still looks great imo) it’s fair to say Kia (and Hyundai) has become a quality brand.

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