Mazda 6 Kombi and Skoda Octavia Combi in comparison

Achim Hartmann
Mazda 6 Kombi AWD versus Skoda Octavia Combi RS 4x4
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D what is nice about Google yes, that it not only has answers to pretty much all questions, but also draws attention to the many undiscovered answers through the appropriate questions. If the digital person doesn't know exactly what interests them, the search engine comes around the corner with its own ideas. Sometimes it ends in regional courts, for example when it comes to rumors about part-time jobs of politician wives. Much more often, however, such search suggestions lead to pleasant surprises: if you enter 'Skoda Oct', for example, before you have found the 'a' on the keyboard again, 'Octavia RS' is delivered as the first suggestion, before 'Kombi', Scout 'and again' Combi ', this time in the correct Skoda spelling.

TDI, DSG, 4x4: Noble technician Octavia RS

The Skoda Octavia RS is not only googled with pleasure, it is also often bought, which is why Skoda is expanding its range to include an all-wheel drive diesel variant. With the standard dual-clutch transmission, the 184-hp Combi steals the best from the corporate shelf. Since its facelift at the beginning of 2015, the 175 hp Mazda 6 Kombi Skyactiv-D with all-wheel drive has also been available and, like the Skoda, is an application for the perfect car for all situations: spacious without being bulky, hard-wearing in all seasons, and economical and really fast too.

Whereby the Skoda takes off a bit more powerful: Even on a damp track, the four-cylinder pulls the 1,589 Octavia kilos out of the block and turns lightly through the rev range - interrupted only by ultra-short gear changes of the jagged one Six-speed DSG. After 7.7 seconds, the TDI reaches 100 km /h, the end is only just under 230. But the Combi can do more than just straight ahead: Following its smooth and precise steering, it rushes with glee on bends, which it rushes through with an impressively neutral and low incline. One of the RS specialties, the ESP sport mode, was also given to the powerful diesel: at the push of a button, the electronics allow slight drift angles, which increases the fun on the racetrack in particular. When wagging the pylons, however, there is hardly any time advantage for him

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The tight Skoda is significantly more agile than the Mazda

Skoda Octavia Combi RS impresses with dynamism and space

Thanks to its balanced coordination and easy controllability, it achieves top times even with a full ESP reserve parachute and proves that the current control systems no longer have to be fun brakes. The great thing about the RS, however, is not just its dynamic qualities, but that there is still a lot of Octavia behind the comfortable sports seats that support the sides. The Combi also impresses as the RS with its well-known qualities such as the generous amount of space for passengers and luggage as well as many practical ideas. We don't want to praise the ice scraper in the tank lid again, but rather the basic things: that its tailgate, for example, swings up so far that even 1.90-meter people do not pick a nut, or the trunk cutout is as wide as it is belongs to a station wagon.

Mazda's long station wagon tradition can also be seen in the 6 Series: For example, on the trunk cover, which is mounted on the tailgate so that it automatically swivels up when it is opened and if necessary disappears under the double trunk floor. Or on the rear seat backrests, which can be unlocked from the trunk and then fold forward so cleverly that the otherwise often common crack in which half the Ikea bedside tables disappear.

Mazda 6 station wagon inspires with high Quality of workmanship

Although the Mazda 6 as a station wagon is seven centimeters shorter than the sedan, it surpasses the Skoda Octavia Combi in terms of external dimensions as well as space for the passengers. In addition, it impresses with its high-quality plastics, soft carpets or stainless steel inlays on the scratch-sensitive loading sill. Like BMW in the new 7 Series, Mazda relies on a combination of touchscreen and turn-push control for infotainment controls. A good idea, as addresses can be quickly typed in on the display of the navigation system while standing, while the arm can loll comfortably on the center armrest while driving.

'Comfortable' is the keyword of the Mazda anyway: Although it is In the tested Sports Line variant with 19-inch wheels, it springs much more benevolently than the very tight Skoda on its 18-inch wheels. Especially short onesCross joints, which the Octavia RS passes through with little filtering, the Mazda cuts the tips without appearing soft on longer waves. The sonorous diesel sound pattern goes well with the relaxed travel combination, as does the classic six-speed automatic, which does not shift the gears quite as jaggedly as the double coupler, but convinces with smooth start-up comfort

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Despite 19-inch wheels, the Mazda springs comfortably.

Almost equal when it comes to safety

In general, the Mazda 6 station wagon takes it easy. Despite higher torque, the heavy station wagon accelerates less vehemently than the Skoda and throws itself not quite as motivated in curves. In the 18-meter slalom, 5 are missing, and when changing lanes twice, the Octavia RS is almost 7 km /h. When it comes to safety, the points are almost equal, albeit for different reasons: While the Skoda brakes harder, the Mazda counters with its more extensive range of assistance systems. Much of what is standard on board with the Mazda costs extra for the Skoda or is not available, such as the blind spot assistant, which makes changing lanes safer decides the all-wheel drive top diesel, only has to think about the color. From full-LED headlights to electrically adjustable leather seats or head-up displays to the navigation system, pretty much everything is standard on board that makes traveling pleasant and safe. A tried and tested recipe: Japanese manufacturers annoyed the barren Europeans with thick equipment as early as the 1970s. However, the all-inclusive combination comes to 42,790 euros and is 7,000 euros above the Skoda. Since it is even more expensive even if the equipment has been adjusted and consumes a little more (7.6 instead of 7.2 l /100 km), the relaxed Mazda can no longer prevent the jagged Skoda from taking first place in terms of costs. Let's see if Google will soon suggest 'test victory' for 'Octavia RS'.

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