Mazda CX 7 4×4 Review

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Mazda CX-7

Mazda CX-7

Written by admin on March 4, 2013. Posted in Uncategorized

The Mazda CX-7 is Mazda#8217;s entry to the ever growing crossover market, rivalling cars such as the Land Rover Freelander and the Audi Q5. First released with a feisty 258BHP 2.3l Turbocharged 4-cylinder engine borrowed from the MPS Mazda 3, Mazda soon saw that there was limited demand for a fast-but-thirsty family orientated SUV and quietly dropped the 2.3l petrol in place for a 2.2l turbodiesel.

Performance wise, the diesel#8217;s 0-62 time of 11.3 was completely outdone by the petrol#8217;s 8 second run but but 170BHP and an impressive 295ft/lb of torque ensured that it still has tractable real-world performance and can comfortably cruise down a motorway or keep pace on a cross-country run. Crucially for the UK market it returns an impressive 37MPG on the combined cycle, compared to 27 in the petrol model.

Slide into the driver#8217;s seat of the Mazda CX-7 and you are greeted by well-laid out and beautiful deep cowled instruments. The dashboard and centre console is well laid-out, if a little button heavy; stylistically it is typically Mazda and a good expression of Mazda#8217;s “Nagare” design language.

Where it is let down however is with material quality; whilst the Mazda is well built, the materials are not as nice to touch as in rivals such as the Audi Q5 and do not create a premium feel. The CX-7#8242;s dimensions would also lead one to assume that it is a 7-seater, however the CX-7 only seats five. This does mean however that there is lots of cabin space for passengers, however their luggage is not so privileged with only 455 litres of space, one of the smallest figures in it#8217;s class and in direct contrast with the CX-7s exterior dimensions as being one of the biggest in it#8217;s class.

Mazda CX-7

Passengers have the privilege of one of the more spacious cabins in the segment, but also one of the best equipped. The CX-7 comes standard with an iPod compatible 9-speaker Bose sound system, along with electrically operated leather trimmed seats and climate control.

Parking sensors however are an optional extra, a questionable decision in the context of the CX-7s considerable size, and slightly awkward overhangs; the wide arches reminiscent of the RX-8 may look good but make the CX-7 a difficult car to park, and the high swage line means visibility out the rear is poor at best. Mazda#8217;s offering also stands out as only being available in a six-speed manual, which whilst being well-designed and satisfying to use, doesn#8217;t suit the role of the CX-7 as being a comfortable family cruiser.

In-keeping with Mazda#8217;s brand philosophy, the CX-7 handles very well with minimal body-roll yet still manages to be compliant and comfortable over the UK#8217;s sometimes poorly surfaced roads, something which certainly cannot be said about the rival Audi Q5; when it comes to dynamics, the CX-7 comfortably outdoes the Q5 in both driver involvement and passenger comfort. None of it#8217;s rivals offer the same beautiful blend of cornering and comfort, however where the CX-7 falls flat on it#8217;s face is with it#8217;s off-roading capability, or rather it#8217;s lack of thereof. Despite it#8217;s high ride-height and four-wheel-drive system, Mazda recommends the CX-7 is never taken off road, a poor show compared to the Land Rover Freelanders suprisingly accomplished green-laning capabilities.

The Mazda CX-7 retails at £27,080, and the Diesels held their money reasonably well. £12,000 can get you into an early facelift Diesel model, with most offerings floating about at £14,000. Petrol models on the other hand depreciated astonishingly quickly with as little as £5,500 netting you an early 256BHP petrol model.

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