Apples to Apples: Comparing Three Luxury Cars to their More Affordable Platform Mates
Platform sharing is a common practice across the auto industry, as car companies do their best to leverage their investments in technology and design across as many different vehicles as possible. In some cases, the same basic chassis and drivetrain are used in both standard and premium vehicles, with the key differences between these models being the styling and feature levels associated with each respective automobile. This can make it tempting for new car buyers to shop both the passenger version of a certain platform against the luxury edition – particularly if there is a significant price gap between the two vehicles.
Let’s compare one standard and one premium shared platform automobile from three of the world’s most prominent luxury and passenger car companies and examine the differences – and similarities – between the two.