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Citroen C5 Tourer vs. Skoda Superb Combi

Traveling companion
Sedans have hardly a chance against the suits. Family, profession and hobby can also be used in Citroen C5 Tourer and Skoda Superb Combi brings all under one roof. Where better?

In a nutshell
[+] Citroen: Good handling, very low noise level inside
Skoda: Lots of room in the rear, good usability
Both: Generous space, cargo space variable, flat load floor, comfortable seats, very good workmanship

[-] Citroen: Not very clearly, getting used to handling, great turning circle
Skoda: Available Soon Assistance Systems

The Skoda Superb had made of themselves talking, because he shamelessly in the otherwise largely unadorned middle-class, luxury and space attributes in abundance advertised. The second generation is visually independent, more luxurious and is now also get a wagon version. So does the hard BREAKERS Skoda even the upper-class loadmaster with Mercedes E-Class and Audi A6?

The Citroen Tourer estate version as it can tackle much down to earth. Was the first generation of the C5 still a rather ungainly giant, his successor is a true optical Augenschmeichler. Extravagances, especially one looking outside in vain, and so the Citroen is first of all this: a combined worth seeing.

Both are large enough to chauffeur the family or relax to start the way in the next two-week vacation. In addition, they are chic enough for them not only the practical role of the transporter is intended. Already in the first generation of the Superb many interested parties had called for a wagon version. Now only shows the current model, such as ample space can be sent, huge wheelbase and a mighty trunk to be packed. After all its dimensions (4.84 meters) you can see at the Skoda Superb only with a special view of the rear overhang and the large rear doors.

Everything fits
The Citroen C5 Tourer is compared to the Czechs little more compact. With 4.83 meters in length is almost as abundant dimensions, its length, however, conceals more skillfully than its competitor. The exterior styling is elegant and dynamic than that of Skodas.

Inside, the Skoda with numerous elements that are known from the VW Group's shelf, a model of clarity and control. Dials, digital displays, switches and steering wheel, here everything fits - especially at night, because even then, all modules operate perfectly. The front seats are exemplary and even sit in the rear, the occupants of the long wheelbase almost indecently good. Anyone who wants can beat her legs and just get annoyed about the fact that the rear seat backrest is not adjustable for angle. Otherwise would be a nap, even on short trips in it.

The Citroen C5 Tourer sprayed the usual French individual charm, without any design to allow a greater blunder. Unhelpful, however, the steering wheel with fixed scar and a sea of buttons, each of whose meanings are not open so quickly. Many control modules are too small and the design of the C5-dash lacks clarity. The comfortable and carefree even for tall driver’s accurately adjustable seats with high backs and soft seating areas, even over long distances for fatigue-free driving. Fiddly, however, the adjustment of the seat back - between the B-pillar and adjuster is barely room for the fingers.

Easy travel
Also, the reference materials should be high, because despite a mileage of the test vehicle of only about 20,000 kilometers were many fabrics on the seats and door panels drawn already badly affected. For that reason alone leads here to an optional leather interior almost a way past. Also in the rear of the C5 Tourer, it can be for two to three people can travel comfortably. But because of the internal dimensions of the distance to the Superb is big.

Combos to score points with their cargo hold. Long, it's about more than sheer size. Logically, there are an increasing number of models, an electrical actuation of the tailgate. Citroen saves from this comfortable detail. Even the intelligent charging system with lashing points, grab rails and movable modules, the Skoda beats better. The luggage compartment of the standings wins Skoda Superb Combi with a volume of 633-1865 liters ultimately Citroen C5 Tourer clearly before, provides the only 533-1490 liters and can miss nice touch.

In the combined class is without a high-torque diesel engine slightly. On all sides are working units of the powerful two-liter class with common rail turbo-diesel together. The Citroen draws its power from 121 hp and 340 KW/165 Nm of torque thanks to dual turbo and 2.2 liter engine from the low revs. The sprint from 0 to 100 km / h creates the Frenchman in a little sluggish 10.2 seconds and top speed is just under 210 km / h in the area of the broad middle range.

Comfortable Suits
Who the 1.7-ton C5 Tourer is not too much scares come out with an average consumption of less than 7.1 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers. Even more would get out when decorating efficiency measures such as a start-stop system, regenerative braking or decouplable auxiliaries, the engine would. Pleasant is the low noise level of the French.

Even more convincing is the only just beats the supercharged diesel Skoda Superb Combi 2.0 TDI. The four-cylinder engine of two-liter 125 kW/170 hp and 350 Nm of torque.

That's enough, despite 1.6 tons of curb weight for a sprint to 100 km / h in 8.9 seconds and a top speed of almost 220 km / h. In practical tests, the Czech with 7.3 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers was satisfied. Is particularly enjoyable to drive the twin-clutch DSG gearbox.

Competitors want to shine as a convenient combi versions, and so they drive also. Both on highways and country roads just as impressive as it can on cobblestones in the inner city. It is not surprising that the Citroen has a more comfortable suspension tuning. With the hydro-pneumatic suspension, it floats over rough roads. Only at transverse joints and short bursts, he seems less balanced than the Skoda, which offers with its long wheelbase chassis and a compelling symbiosis.

Around the curve of the C5 Tourer pulls slightly under steer. Anyone who attempts a quick return, which is the ESP as quickly correcting. The Skoda regulates something later. On straight track suits both consistently remain directionally stable - even easy driving grooves, not start from the track. The C5-steering, although accurate, but could provide much more feedback from the road. Especially when maneuvering in tight spaces learns appreciate the ease again.

Who is ahead?
With € 31 500 cost price of the Citroen C5 Tourer comes equipped already pretty complete. It is thus on the same line as his French counterpart Renault or Peugeot 407 SW Grand Tourer, both of which must, however, require less storage space. Also on board: Many useful assistance systems, ranging from the cruise control on the electric parking brake, hill start assist and the two-zone climate control system up to the airy panoramic roof (extra charge).

The Skoda Superb Combi starts at a competitive price of € 23 950 for the - highly recommended, however little - basic version with 125-horsepower gasoline engine. In order to compete properly equipped with the C5, it should be at least the middle Ambition equipment line. Will cost the 170-hp 2.0 TDI Superb Combi at least € 31 650. Anyone who wishes can even four-wheel drive or the recommended order to double-clutch gearbox, which costs € 1,800, 2000 supplement.

Ultimately, the Skoda Superb Combi 2.0 TDI wins this comparison test significantly. He leaves the Citroen C5 Tourer at best in the categories of safety and standard equipment an advantage, because this provides more assistance systems and at a cheaper price is a better feature set. Otherwise, the Frenchman, however, must sort behind the Czechs.

Tags : Citroen C5 Tourer, Skoda Superb Combi, cars, car test, Mercedes E-Class, Audi A6
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