2010 Mazda CX-7 Diesel Sports Road Test Review

27 Feb 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on 2010 Mazda CX-7 Diesel Sports Road Test Review

answer is the CX-7 .

It promises a feel with the practicality of a Add a liberal dose of coupe-esque to the mix, and you’ve got an SUV that apart.

The addition of a diesel option earlier this helps broaden the appeal of an attractive package.


As part of a 2010 facelift. the benefits from a revised which adds a multifunction for trip computer, sat-nav and camera.

There’s revised and silver detailing throughout the and door trims receive padding.

In Diesel Sports leather trim, CD sound, and control air-conditioning are included as

Outside, unique 18-inch wheels join the tweaked styling, complete with five-point grille and massive topped by new fog lights.

What’s The

From launch, the CX-7 was criticised for its thirsty turbocharged engine. The frugality of the turbo-diesel care of that.

The rest of the lies in a car that handles like a sedan than a wagon, putting the handling of most other SUVs to

What Features Does It

In Diesel Sports trim, the comes equipped with trim, climate control, a MP3 compatible CD-changer delivered via Bose speakers.

It also satellite navigation and a reverse camera displayed on the in-dash 4.1 colour screen.

There are air-con outlets, cruise 18-inch alloy wheels, a cargo blind, Bluetooth and automatic headlights to round out the

On the downside there’s no automatic even as an option. The CX-7 Sports gets by with transmission only.

What’s The Bonnet?

In a bid to win a larger market in European markets, Mazda’s diesel engine targets the and refinement of the best Euro-manufactured

A maximum 127kW of power is @ 3500 rpm with maximum of 400Nm available @ 2000

In comparison, Mazda’s turbo-petrol much higher, but only an extra 48Kw whilst out on 50Nm (a good indication of how matched these two engines are).

While it’s a running engine, and diesel is kept to a minimum, it’s not entirely quiet. But neither is it so the experience is an unusual one.

a six-speed manual the sole available however, the CX-7 cheat itself out of sales.

The box itself is easy to row through the The shifter is a little rubbery in and the second-third shift of our test car be a little sticky, but, noted, the gearshift is well set up for liveability.

How Does It Drive?

The of the CX-7’s exterior promises so with a raked front and chopped roofline there must a sporting heart within?

Thankfully, where cars don’t live up to the the CX-7 does.

While a weight of almost 1930kg in keeping with Mazda’s light-weight philosophy, the nimble feels a much lighter

The eager, free spinning engine means the CX-7 is left wanting for urgency. to the available low-down punch of the engine, the CX-7 Diesel excels.

For verve, for overtaking, or loping on a long country the diesel puts the petrol well in the shade.

The gearshift, a little vague at times, is hard to fault, and the clutch has feel without becoming too If anything, the dog-legged gear takes the most getting to, but soon becomes easy to

Some may notice the ride is a firm, but the suspension is well It does things without through potholes or slamming high-frequency road imperfections. The ride makes more out of town.

While some winds buffeted our test, the was unfazed thanks to its slippery (some SUVs are prone to gusts).

Through the bends, the ride is flat and maintains its composure mild corrugations.

The CX-7 is for safe and predictable early typical of vehicles in its class. A rear makes corner-to-corner less nerve-wracking than

Around town, the steering has feel, is light and easy to

On the open road there’s a of vagueness off-centre at lower but the weighting increases as speed

Wind noise is minimal, but from the road surface quite as good.

For forays off the track however the CX-7 is limited to gravel driveways and the with a lack of ground destroying any off-road pretentions.

the surface turn loose or though, Mazda’s all-wheel-drive is waiting in the wings to help

Hardest to live with is the to vision offered by the rising quarter panels and almost like glasshouse at the rear.

Too second-guessing during lane-changes driving the CX-7 a little at times. For reverse parking the camera is a welcome addition.

Did Our Passengers Think?

Some of our loved the CX-7, others not so keen on the driving experience.

The was where in the car they sat versus height. While space and rear is plentiful, the high in the rear is a big visibility blocker for (and for shorter passengers).

Up front there’s great thanks to the sweeping windscreen.

getting in and out occasionally involved a bit of bumping on a windscreen pillar doesn’t flatten out until behind the occupant’s heads.

comfort was praised despite flat cushions thanks to padding and support in the right for both front and rear

Interior Quality and Feel?

is a classy look to the dash and trims in an appealingly designed Certainly the interior style the same highly stylised that the CX-7 is all about.

The however, while sturdy don’t quite have the appeal to the touch. (There was an intermittent rattle from the front door of our test car sounded like two hard touching.)

Luggage Space

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the official measurement of the CX-7 is only 400 litres (and bettered by some small and sedans) the space within is useable.

Even with a floor, the cargo area is and can be extended thanks to rear which can be folded from the

There’s also a decent of stowage space for smaller in the door pockets, centre and glovebox.

How Safe Is It?

ANCAP results from 2006 the CX-7 a five-star score for safety.

Safety equipment includes front, side and curtain height adjustable front with load-limiting pretensioners and seat-belts in all seats.

It also with Dynamic Stability with ABS brakes, Electronic Distribution and Brake Assist.

How It Compare?

It’s hard to around without running a competitor that lines up against the CX-7.

Toyota like you to consider its seven-seat KX-R 2WD. There’s the of better visibility, more space, an automatic transmission and two seats.

But the 3.5 litre V6 engine is and the handling not nearly as sharp.

has Diesel variants of the Captiva 7 at either two thousand dollars or below the CX-7.

Each offers seven seats, and space in the first two rows similar. There’s an auto but the Captiva’s engine can’t the power, torque or refinement of the unit.

Hyundai offers the Santa Fe Elite for similar while Kia’s more Sorento SLi is slightly more

Both come with equipment lists; the Sorento modern, if boxier styling and a more powerful turbo engine shared between the

Neither quite matches the or handling of the CX-7 although provide slightly more interiors with seating for and generous cargo space.

Mazda’s factory warranty new vehicles for three years unlimited kilometres.


Exterior choices include Ebony mica, Sparkling mica, Galaxy Grey Stormy Blue mica, metallic (silver) and Crystal Pearl mica. Interior for the Diesel Sports is in black

How Much Is It?

The Mazda CX-7 in a single diesel-powered variant, with a manual transmission and starting at $43,460 before on costs.

TMR Verdict

When TMR the turbocharged petrol version of the back in April we couldn’t but love the “SUV practicality future-wagon” styling appeal of mould-breaking SUV.

The only standing in our way then was an engine to heavy drinking.

With the of a smooth and quiet modern the economy issue is solved.

however, for families, the lack of an transmission blunts the appeal, and not enjoys the CX-7’s limited from the rear seats.

the CX-7’s ability to handle the road, and not just a boot of groceries and school bags, is the real appeal lies.

If you the practicality of a wagon but don’t to sacrifice the enjoyment of the drive, CX-7 diesel should be on your list.

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