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Citroen C5 vs Skoda Superb. The big originals

Citroen C5. The price: from € 30   300. On sale: since 2008
Skoda Superb. The price: from € 39   500. On sale: since 2008

Non-standard decisions, courageous design, innovative technologies, the extensive list of options and quite competitive price. All can be carried it both to Citroen C5, and to Skoda Superb. Who from them is more original, we and try to find out in the course of comparison


Test pilots

Andrey Mjazin, 46 years, the editor-in-chief of magazine, the experience of driving of 26 years, the privately owned vehicle - Mazda CX-7

Igor Kuznetsov, 47 years, the automobile journalist, the experience of driving of 20 years, the privately owned vehicle - Nissan Qashqai


Citroen C5

Unlike models of the previous generation, the hydraulic suspender new C5 became optsionnoj. However, the last at all does not belittle advantages of this car. As before, the car has not ordinary appearance, spacious and comfortable interior. From pluses also it is possible to note a wide choice of engines.

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Skoda Superb

with Rich equipment, high quality of finishing materials, presence of the powerful engine and an all wheel drive today very few people you will surprise. The main feature of this car — extraordinary spacious back row and the unique system TwinDoor allowing Skoda Superb to turn both to a respectable sedan, and in practical hetchbek.

Till the certain moment both cars at well-founded citizens did not use special popularity. But suddenly it burst, world and ruthless. More and more people again started to consider bank notes not as simply multi-coloured pieces of paper, and a real equivalent of the possibilities. Here here also there were from those shades who can quite replace « eshki » « the five » « the six » and others. Their basic trump — this full conformity of a class association for smaller quantity of bank notes at an extensive package of options. However, how the set of options and how the price was thus low was rich, all one pervoopredeljajushchej at a choice of the car of such class was and there will be a respectability. Eventually, meet always and everywhere on odezhke. And with odezhkoj at « the Frenchman » at « a Czech » problems are not present. Each of them is elegant and is thus solid, and the national colour introduced in suits does them also remembered.

respectabilities to cars, undoubtedly, add their dimensions. And though initially Superb it seems where more long, actually it surpasses C5 in this parametre only on any six centimetres, and at width and at all concedes four. More shortly at « a Czech » and a wheelbase. However the last did not become in any amazing image the reason of reduction of space for feet of passengers of the second row, and on the contrary allowed to increase essentially this space, removing thereby « the Frenchman » on this indicator on the second plan. In general, if to say about interior of cars that the first that show the second obvious desire to be beyond a class both on open space, and on quality of finishing materials.

so, Citroen in topovyh complete sets did not stint furnish by a skin not only seats and an upholstery of doors, but also the panel of devices. Interior design C5 is, of course, more interesting and more original, than at Superb, one only the steering wheel with not rotating nave of that costs (involuntarily start to think of, whether not too much yesterday has been drunk for appetite). But most likely in due course the top over a design delicacy takes ergonomic calculation, and on this indicator is more comprehensible by Skoda. German roots of last are well traced both in more strict design, and in more pedantic approach to ergonomics. The last was brightly showed in a design of the fifth door which can transform Superb both into an elegant sedan, and in practical hetchbek. Frenchmen also soriginalnichali, truth further a concave rear screen business is not went. But unlike Superb new C5 can brag of the hydraulic suspender allowing not only to change its ruggedness, thereby arranging it under style of driving, but also to set a ground clearance of the car depending on road conditions. However, in comparison with the previous model, the range of this resetting was essentially narrowed: a maximum, it is how much possible to raise the car over earth level, the mark in 170 mm is. Besides since this modelling year such suspender became an option. As is an option and the function, helping to park the car. The essence of last is reduced to that the gauge fixes presence of a sufficient empty seat for a car parking, and svetoindikator specifies in that, how much difficult maneuver to the driver should be made. However Skoda in this plan besides outran the opponent. The help system at a parking here not only finds a place, but also steers front wheels. To the driver osta ­ etsja only in time to brake. However, this system is however fascinating, so and is useless, therefore as an interval which is necessary for it for functioning, is so great that in a reality to find it in the clogged city streets it is simply impossible. So, the help from this (not cheap, by the way) options any. In this connection not so active system of Citroen is more comprehensible and allows to choose level of complexity of a parking depending on level of preparation of the driver. In C5 we counted as so useful option also the system keeping the car from otkatyvanija back at a start of motion on lifting. Especially it is actual for cars with mechanical gear boxes.

in our case that Citroen that Skodas have been aggregated by a six-step automatic transmission. And on « the Frenchman » and on « a Czech » stood V-shaped « the six ». And here in volume and capacity they differed. Citroen had 3,0 litres and 215 horsepowers, and Skoda — 3,5 l and 260 l. With. Besides, unlike Citroen, Skoda had an all wheel drive. The last, naturally, was not slow to affect temperament. Dynamics and roadability which to us showed Superb, if and not povergli in shock then left indelible impression. Skoda is excellent steered both at quiet and measured driving, and at enough dynamical.

Citroen too is quite good. Gidravli ­ cheskaja a suspender in position « comfort » works wonders, transforming ours « directions » in ideal avtobany. Smooth rocking creates serenity and comfort atmosphere. Not last role in it is played also by a serious noise isolation. In the car it is silent even on the speed close to the limiting. The car and in a mode « is good; sports » however zadempfirovannaja the pedal of gas and insufficiently informative wheel grease impressions a little, in this connection the hand involuntarily reaches for the button to disconnect this function and again to indulge in easy and measured driving.

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Citroen C5

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Driving
the Hydraulic suspender allocates the car with enviable smoothness of a course, And here insufficient sensitivity of a steering — the obvious miscalculation for the car of such class.

the interior
Is spacious and convenient, executed at high technical and design level.

comfort
In the car equally conveniently both to passengers, and the driver.

safety
At high enough level.

the price
is a little overestimated that obusloveno a rich basic set.

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Skoda Superb


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Driving
Smoothness of a course grows proportionally to a set of speed. And to keep the car under complete control the all wheel drive and the sharp steering allow.

the interior
Is spacious and richly equipped. However in the most favourable position in this car there are passengers vtorog