The Road Ahead : October 2013
OCT/NOV 2013 THE ROAD AHEAD QUEENSLAND'S LARGEST CLUB 49 ROAD TEST | MOTORING COSTS & RATINGS Price^ $48,490^ Environmental rating ANCAP safety rating Capped price servicing^^ $1125 Annual insurance costs^^^ $853.15 Price^ $50,960^ Environmental rating ANCAP safety rating Capped price servicing^^ N/A Annual insurance costs^^^ $836.41 Price^ $50,490^ Environmental rating ANCAP safety rating Capped price servicing^^ N/A Annual insurance costs^^^ $887.62 FORD MONDEO TITANIUM Price^ $46,590^ Environmental rating ANCAP safety rating Capped price servicing^^ $987 Annual insurance costs^^^ $742.73 HYUNDAI 1.7 i40 CRDi PREMIUM MAZDA6 ATENZA SKYACTIV SKODA SUPERB 125TDi ELEGANCE ^ Prices are Manufacturers' List Prices, not driveaway or special deal. ^^ Total over three years (minimum of three services at 12 months/15,000km intervals). Source: NRMA, October 2012. ^^^ Based on an RACQ Insurance comprehensive policy for a 35 year-old male, maximum no claim bonus, vehicle financially unencumbered, and $500 excess. Postcode 4066, multi-policy and RACQ member loyalty discounts may apply. Discounts of 2.5-15 percent may be available to RACQ members, depending on length of membership. CONCLUSION Just 1.1 litres/100km in fuel separated best and worst in this test. The tape measure shows that, apart from the Skoda with its more generous rear legroom, interior dimensions are within millimetres of each other. Even with a petrol engine thrown in against the diesels, on- road performance is near equal. And in terms of ride and handling, differences are only subtle. But when considering the intended purposes of a station wagon, there are greater differences and each takes on a distinct personality. The Skoda -- Mr Sensible -- ticks most of the boxes in terms of practicality, and ease of use. The Ford -- Mr Tradie -- has a no-nonsense, get-the- job-done attitude. The Hyundai -- Mr Bling -- is crammed with features and wrapped in a Euro-inspired design. And the Mazda6, the fashionista of the group, has dynamic styling inside and out, with an environmental heart. But the wagon is still around. Look closely, and you'll see many brands have such a body shape in their mix. IMAGES: SKODA SUPERB 125TDi ELEGANCE.