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Mazda 6, Opel Insignia, Renault Laguna and Skoda Superb in the test: battle of diesel station wagons for the middle class

Achim Hartmann
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Below an Avant from Quattro GmbH, a T-model from AMG or a Touring from
M GmbH, the transfiguration of the combined reality is not mandatory - but possible. After all, there is the power diesel in camouflage suit. Up to 180 PS and 400 Nm mid-range cars like Mazda 6 Kombi 2.2 MZR-CD, Opel Insignia Sports Tourer 2.0 CDTi, Renault Laguna Grandtour dCi 180 FAP or Skoda Superb Combi 2.0 TDI-CR stretch their necks forward. The luxuriously equipped test variants with prices of over 30,000 euros no longer primarily appeal to families as classic customers, but rather to self-employed people or those traveling in a hurry.

Skoda Superb offers luxury cars

for everyone who have to transport a lot, far and quickly - and want to unwind their kilometers in a nice automotive environment. As a result, the station wagons in each of the upscale specs compete against each other, above all the Skoda Superb. Although Skoda is considered a pragmatist department within the VW group, that does not rule out a certain opulence in the top model. There is hardly any more car for less money, especially since in the Elegance version the rear, with its endless extension, is just as reminiscent of the luxury class of automobiles as the fine nappa leather, the inlays in wood look or the satin black around the controls. There is also plenty of space in the luggage compartment of the Skoda Superb with the rear seat folded down. The goods to be transported enter the XL trunk via the loading sill with a stainless steel strip; Fortunately, it can be secured with a rail lashing system or an adjustable loading floor, otherwise it would tumble around indefinitely. Only the mechanism itself is reminiscent of the eighties: First the seat folds forward on a thin frame, then the backrest.

Mazda 6 and Skoda Superb win the comfort chapter

Like it the Renault Laguna Grandtour and the Mazda 6 station wagon in the test: After a pull on the lever in the trunk, the rear seat folds together so that an almost flat loading area is created. However, the Renault gives away volume with its stylishly tapered tailgate, whereas the Mazda blind in front of the rear window is not well thought out: It is difficult to dismantle. On the other hand, the metal protection of the loading sill and the dividing net in its own cassette are positive. So much forTrunk. But the real novelty takes place underneath. Mazda has taken the ongoing criticism from auto motor und sport to heart and retuned the chassis. One-dimensional hard was compensated for, and with it the Mazda 6 station wagon in connection with its better noise insulation together with the Skoda Superb even won the comfort chapter in the comparison test. Thanks to precise steering and the willing steering rear, it does not seem leisurely at all, even if the driving dynamics values ​​no longer identify it as a sports fanatic.

Renault Laguna Grandtour GT also steers the rear axle

It makes more ground Mazda 6 station wagon with its extremely powerful and easy-revving diesel, drives away the others without beating out of the way when it comes to fuel consumption. In the end, the Mazda could do even better in the test if it braked more forcefully and did not afford a somewhat idiosyncratic operation via 13 steering wheel buttons. Even in the Renault Laguna Grandtour, the driver first has to get an overview of the many buttons. Especially since he could quickly be distracted - by the extremely agile chassis. The GT version featured here not only steers the front but also the rear axle, with the rear wheels pointing at a maximum of 3.5 degrees up to 60 km /h, and pointing in the direction of travel at higher speeds. What leads to a somewhat nervous straight line on the autobahn makes for fabulous times in the pylon lanes. The Renault Laguna refrains from any pitfalls or squabbles.

Mazda 6 and Renault Laguna with higher consumption

In order to really enjoy the driving pleasure, you just want more feeling in the steering - and better suspension. The Renault Laguna Grand Tour has discarded the typically French-like character and exchanged it for firmness, which reduces long-distance comfort and elicits crackling from the dashboard on bad roads. The low interior noise and the velvety running four-cylinder diesel cannot make up for that. Unlike the Mazda 6 station wagon, the Renault Laguna seems to buy its powerful pulling power and lively turning power with high consumption. From the most economical in the test round, the Skoda Superb (7.2 liters per 100 kilometers), 0.9 liters separate him on average and 0.7 liters with minimum consumption. Viewed over 100,000 kilometers, the fuel costs in the test environment are nevertheless close to each other, which applies to the entire cost chapter - all the station wagons in the upscale variants are expensive, the Skoda Superb shines with low maintenance costs and an expected high value retention. It is also very well equipped.

Long translation in the Opel Insignia stifles the longitudinal dynamics

The latter also applies to the Opel Insignia Sports Tourer, which as Cosmo offers its customers a navigation system as well as standardan extensive list of additional equipment to personalize the station wagon. For example with the well-supporting option seats or the chassis called Flex-Ride, including adaptive and adjustable shock absorbers. Their properties range from good travel comfort to sporty firmness. In both cases, the driving behavior in the test remains predictable at all times. At first glance, Opel has prepared the interior nicely. But if you research with your finger, you will find hollow-sounding plastic. When you then accelerate, the two-liter CDTi first has to overcome its starting weakness and then becomes acoustically present without gripping; the long translation of the six-speed transmission stifles the longitudinal dynamics. Worse: Anyone looking for the almost legendary combination qualities of the predecessor will be disappointed. The trunk hatch is narrow, the rear apron protruding far makes loading difficult and causes dirty trouser legs.

Skoda Superb wins the combination comparison test

Even the best braking system in the test cannot compensate for this disadvantage, especially since the Opel Insignia Sports Tourer only shines in the safety section and is otherwise far behind. With its impeccable and sporty driving characteristics, the Renault lands just in front of it, but still a few points behind the Mazda 6 station wagon. It uses its improved suspension effectively, and with the Skoda Skoda decides the comfort and drive rating for itself. But the real jump in points only follows to the winner, the Skoda. True to its name, it performs superbly and is actually suitable for the transfiguration of the reality of the combination: nowhere else is there so much space that can be moved quickly for the money.


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