Re: Compare & Contrast
I'm not convinced the circle of styling trends you described so well is matter of the simple following th ornamental following the simple. VW, for example, is in a rather unique position right now - the other end of the spectrum being Ford's "Kinetik" all-over-the-place concoctions or the current flamboyant range of Hyundais. "Kinetik" design has certainly hit a wall, but I don't see Ford returning to the sober shapes of that phantom haunting the corridors of Cologne, Chris Bird (who's apparently been seen stealing Martin Smith's lunch a few weeks ago, wearing nothing but a loincloth).
On the other hand Audi, former masters of clean styling, shows little signs of reducing its cars' aggressive ornamentation, as exemplified by the A6 shown above. Let's just hope those disgusting "hawkeye" LEDs don't turn out to be particularly popular...
your comparison is spot on! Having read a number of reviews I believe the FF's rear accommodation are actually rather comfortable - much more so than the Bentley Conti GT's, for example, the Aston Rapide's (which I've tested and found wanting in any dimension bar width) or, for the love of god, the Fisker Karma's spinebreaking joke of a rear passenger compartment.
My guess would be the FF's rear seats are similar to the Porsche Panamera's, whose second row is a genuinely commodious place one could spend a few hours in - if it wasn't so bloody dark.
I'll do my best to try out the Espada and report back!