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Car choice Soda Superb vs Mazda CX7 2 months 3 weeks ago #470306

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Just looking for advice from those with experience. I am new to caravanning, changing the car soon so my wife and I have the choice narrowed to a skoda superb estate 2.0l diesel, and a mazda cx5 2.2l diesel, both with 150bhp, 2wd and sufficient torque. We currently have a Hyundai Santa fe 4wd but is getting on in years and needs to be retired to the school runs or whatever. The superb is appealing as has loads of space, but not the high driving position that the mazda offers, and that we are used to. (car tax on newer santa fes is too high and their fuel economy pales in comparison) Any thoughts?
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Car choice Soda Superb vs Mazda CX7 2 months 3 weeks ago #470308

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I have 170 PS DSG 4x4 Superb Estate. Since 2000 we have had SUV high driving position cars but going from that to the Skoda was easy-peasy. As you say it has lots of space in fact at 6ft 4 inch tall I have to clamber in to reach the very front of the load space. Unlike my XC70 I can have the drivers seat fully back and still sit comfortably on the rear seats with good knee room. It’s comfy, economical 50-55 mpg on solo journeys and swallows luggage. Handles the caravan superbly so it should as Suoerbs and Passats regularly take top honours in Towcar of Year tests. Servicing via Skoda fixed menu servicing is reasonable and on a par with other mainstream cars. Cheaper than my previous Subaru and Volvo. Lots of garages to use from authorised dealer service centres to VAG specialist. Don’t regret going ‘conventional ‘ for one moment.
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Car choice Soda Superb vs Mazda CX7 2 months 3 weeks ago #470321

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I don't have any experience of the Mazda but the Skoda Superb is an excellent, sound car with all of the attributes that Clive has said. The 150bhp 2.0 diesel engine is more than up to towing a caravan of a sensibly matched weight and is good for huge mileages provided that it's serviced on time.

Don't ignore the VW Passat estate either, particularly if you're buying second-hand. It's mechanically identical to the Skoda but a little bit more comfortable and nicer inside, and - unlike the Skoda - came with a spare wheel as standard from new. We've had three and they've all been brilliant.
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Car choice Soda Superb vs Mazda CX7 2 months 3 weeks ago #470322

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SamandRose wrote:
I don't have any experience of the Mazda but the Skoda Superb is an excellent, sound car with all of the attributes that Clive has said. The 150bhp 2.0 diesel engine is more than up to towing a caravan of a sensibly matched weight and is good for huge mileages provided that it's serviced on time.

Don't ignore the VW Passat estate either, particularly if you're buying second-hand. It's mechanically identical to the Skoda but a little bit more comfortable and nicer inside, and - unlike the Skoda - came with a spare wheel as standard from new. We've had three and they've all been brilliant.

My Superb has a full size spare sat in the well came with the car.
Skoda Superb Estate 2.0 TDi SE CR 170ps DSG 4x4 carrying two Springers, Sprite Musketeer TD 2013.
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Car choice Soda Superb vs Mazda CX7 2 months 3 weeks ago #470331

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SamandRose wrote:
I don't have any experience of the Mazda but the Skoda Superb is an excellent, sound car with all of the attributes that Clive has said. The 150bhp 2.0 diesel engine is more than up to towing a caravan of a sensibly matched weight and is good for huge mileages provided that it's serviced on time.

Don't ignore the VW Passat estate either, particularly if you're buying second-hand. It's mechanically identical to the Skoda but a little bit more comfortable and nicer inside, and - unlike the Skoda - came with a spare wheel as standard from new. We've had three and they've all been brilliant.

Second paragraph - +1 to the letter albeit ours have all been estates. Not only a spare wheel but full sized and alloy if that is the original fit. We too have had three - a B6 (the bullseye rear lights,) a B7 Executive Style which is one below the Alltrack and was a lovely motor, and now the B8 150bhp 2L GT with sunroof as well as aircon - and it is the best of the bunch.
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Car choice Soda Superb vs Mazda CX7 2 months 3 weeks ago #470332

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My mate is a Para Medic and his daily drive at work is the Skoda 4x4 estate he swears by it's performance and it is on duty 24/7,
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Car choice Soda Superb vs Mazda CX7 2 months 3 weeks ago #470335

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camel wrote:
My mate is a Para Medic and his daily drive at work is the Skoda 4x4 estate he swears by it's performance and it is on duty 24/7,

Technically a Skoda Scout which also has raised suspension to give better ground clearance. Oh, and it will be a 2L vRS diesel so pushing 170bhp (or 240+bhp if he has a petrol) and being a relatively light vehicle they go like you-know-what off a shovel!
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Car choice Soda Superb vs Mazda CX7 2 months 3 weeks ago #470336

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Like what ?!?!?! :P
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Will possibly get to
the round table some day !!
Sorry !!
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Car choice Soda Superb vs Mazda CX7 2 months 3 weeks ago #470337

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Woodentop wrote:
camel wrote:
My mate is a Para Medic and his daily drive at work is the Skoda 4x4 estate he swears by it's performance and it is on duty 24/7,

Technically a Skoda Scout which also has raised suspension to give better ground clearance. Oh, and it will be a 2L vRS diesel so pushing 170bhp (or 240+bhp if he has a petrol) and being a relatively light vehicle they go like you-know-what off a shovel!

Mines a 4x4 Superb with the 170ps CR diesel and DSG. It isn’t a “technical Scout” as it’s ground clearance is identical to the standard 2WD estate. You are right on one account in that not being a heavy car it’s performance surprises many. In fact compared to my 212 PS D5 XC 70 the Superb has a better ride being lower and gives absolute nothing away on performance and beats the Volvo by a good 10 mpg when driving solo.
Skoda Superb Estate 2.0 TDi SE CR 170ps DSG 4x4 carrying two Springers, Sprite Musketeer TD 2013.
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Car choice Soda Superb vs Mazda CX7 2 months 3 weeks ago #470344

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Both will make excellent tow cars, we are on our third Mazda and they have all been trouble free and excellent tow cars. My son in law had a Superb and that was equally good. From my point of view you are not really comparing like with like, if you like the Skoda the equivalent Mazda is the 6 which is a great car and if you like the Mazda the equivalent Skoda is the Kodiak.
I think you do need to decide which style of car suits you best and then look at the offerings from each maker and take what then is what you feel is the best for you.
Both makes are very good for reliability, towing and service, so the choice has to be personal, although the service from local dealers and the deals available might be the deciding factor.
Ray
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