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    TopGear.com - MQB Platform

    Explained: the VW Group's MQB platform - BBC Top Gear

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    On the road, the Audi feels good too and you can’t put a price on that. Audi specced aluminium for the cast front suspension sub-frame, and bonnet and front wings; the others have steel. And so the A3 turns just a little more keenly, especially in tight corners, even though its suspension and tyres are less aggressively specced. It rides fluently and quietly. Only issue is when you drive it like a GTI, the damping comes up soggy. Maybe the sports chassis (no-cost, amazingly) would be a wiser choice.

    The Golf is most fun through corners. You can loosen the nose or the tail at a twitch or lift of your right foot. Yet it’s still reasonably supple and refined. The steering has more weight and feeling than the A3’s too, possibly as a result of the bigger tyres, though, overall, a GTI is sharper again. The Golf feels better damped than the A3, if firmer riding, though not hard. The Leon is very similar and plays the hot-hatch thing just as well as the Golf. But again you can feel money being saved in soundproofing. They all use the same engine, but it’s quietest in the A3 and notably harsher in the Leon, which has more road noise too. But it’s to the sort of degree where you would need a side-by-side drive to be sure.
    The only source so far to recommend sport suspension over SE!

    Not sure why they're comparing a GTI to an A3 though, as they should really compare that with the S3.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stephen C View Post
    Explained: the VW Group's MQB platform - BBC Top Gear

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    The only source so far to recommend sport suspension over SE!

    Not sure why they're comparing a GTI to an A3 though, as they should really compare that with the S3.
    Unfortunately they do not actually test the sport suspension by themselves, it seems..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stephen C View Post
    Explained: the VW Group's MQB platform - BBC Top Gear

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    The only source so far to recommend sport suspension over SE!

    Not sure why they're comparing a GTI to an A3 though, as they should really compare that with the S3.
    As you point out yourself - they want the A3 to handle like a GTI.

    Did they test them on real roads or a track?

    Edit to add: mate of mine works for BMW. A few weeks ago he was sent to test drive the new Mini on a track. He raved about the superb handling of the car on the track. I asked him what it was like on real roads. He didn't know.

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    Who cares what Top Gear think? Try a real review instead!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cemerson View Post
    Who cares what Top Gear think? Try a real review instead!
    Yeah, not a serious review. But as a side-by-side comparison of MQB cars I think it's interesting.
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    Yeh, just kidding really :P
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    Interesting they say 'sports chassis' rather than 'suspension' - doesn't seem like they know what they are talking about!

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    I agree with what they say about the dampers...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stephen C View Post
    Not sure why they're comparing a GTI to an A3 though, as they should really compare that with the S3.
    Audi don't really have a direct equivalent to the GTI. The S3 is equivalent to the Golf R.

 

 

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