Mazda CX-7 Classic & CX-7 Diesel Sports

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Mazda CX-7

Classic Diesel Sports

Stylish and the upgraded CX-7 range a model to suit almost

Mazda CX-7 Classic and Diesel Sports

Price (recommended price before and delivery charges): $33,990 short-term offer only); (Diesel Sports)

CX-7 Sports

Overall rating:

Engine/Drivetrain/Chassis: 3.5/5.0

Price, and Practicality: 2.5/5.0


Behind the wheel: 3.5/5.0


The marketing ‘reach’ of stylish CX-7 has just following the introduction of an upgraded range. As outlined in our launch for the car. the base CX-7 is a new front-wheel drive variant as opposed to the four-wheel drive in the range. It’s Mazda’s SUV without all-wheel drive.

In it takes its cue from the Hyundai and a host of midsize SUVs as the Kia Sorento, Ford Territory and Kluger — all vehicles are marketed in both two- and drive forms.

Mazda has addressed earlier criticism of the thirst for unleaded with a new variant, the CX-7 Diesel The two additions expand the range and the scope of the compact SUV.

by comparing the two variants back to over a couple of weeks, it was to us here at The Carsales Network both cars have respective merits, but neither car is

Beginning with the CX-7 there’s just the one engine and combination available, a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine driving a five-speed automatic to the front

Though it lacks the extra in the automatic transmission of the turbo 2.0-litre models, the CX-7 five-speed box operates in a reasonably style and is responsive enough for a that’s not a sports car, but the are very high and this the vehicle’s straightline performance on the move at least.

Contrary to our launch review, we in day-to-day conditions the front-drive actually has reasonable grunt for a start. Since the engine is at about 60km/h in first plainly ‘1’ is quite a low But then it’s a jump to and the other gears.

Full-throttle in second takes a long to reach the redline, from under 3000rpm. It’s a wait of several seconds and contributes to the impression that the petrol engine is light on in a straight line.

It’s not there are major fuel to offset the performance either. with very little spent on the open road, the fuel consumption figure for the was 11.6L/100km. The soundtrack for the engine from quiet, through pleasant in the midrange, to protracted in the upper end of the rev range.

It’s not an engine that enjoys hard, by the usual high we’ve come to expect of

With the 2.2-litre diesel under the bonnet, the manual-only CX-7 Diesel Sports’ road performance is better, the front-drive model still the better launch (thanks to combination of petrol engine, grip and relatively low-ratio gear). That said, the is ‘peakier’ than we’ve to expect of diesels, revving as as 5000rpm and labouring a little 1000 and 1500rpm. This to both the engine’s Japanese and its ‘sporting’ aspirations.

To its credit, it was a engine and didn’t offend the ear the way diesels do. While it was a little when cold, once at operating temperature it was quieter at than Subaru’s (also quiet) new diesel boxer that powers the Outback.

the course of the time the CX-7 Sports was in our possession, it averaged as low as 6.8L/100km on the open road and reached as high as 9.6L/100km in — but the fuel consumption rarely rose above More impressive still, figures were frequently with four passengers, for a week away and the aircon set to max to the summer heat.

Left to operate below the where maximum torque the diesel could be caught out by and higher gears. This is a that gives its best a few revs in hand. Lacking in power and torque once it had at least 2000rpm, the engine the CX-7 up a moderately steep track in first gear CX-7 doesn’t offer transfer).

The gear shift in the was a little heavy and the shifting be slow, pointing to the transmission’s nature as a match to the high of the engine, but the selection remained easy and the gate was precise.

the mismatch of transmission ratios and delivery from the engine, the Classic didn’t convince the that it would be remotely point-to-point. But it was in the corners where the CX-7 made up some ground: The quasi-offroader retained steering (with feedback that of Volkswagen’s Tiguan and turn-in to match) allied well-sorted suspension. Entering the with power off, the wants to steer towards the but even applying power, it a measured line through the like it’s tethered to an point at the apex.

Roadholding was and tidy for the most part, you could provoke oversteer brakes and excessive speed the corner. If we have any criticism of the it felt a little too compliant, but didn’t translate to an especially ride. At a secondary level it was enough, but it had an offroad character it over larger bumps and — which seemed a bit when the car was only driven by two and doesn’t go offroad.

Turn-in for the diesel CX-7 slightly slower than for the drive version, but steering was on a par. From memory, the petrol CX-7 (pre-upgrade) was a more responsive than the too and perhaps the added weight of the played a part in the oiler’s change of direction. Overall appears to have tuned the to complement the slightly different and handling of the diesel.

Power for the CX-7 Diesel’s steering progressively as the speed rose, but the never became unacceptable. The car quite stable in crosswinds and was demanding of driver input the wheel.

Out on the road, tyre was annoying on coarse-grade bitumen, the type used on rural Like the CX-7 Classic, the rode firmer at open-road and those noisy tyres up the smaller bumps.

Inside the the parking brake was a foot-operated which could affront drivers, but it freed up room in the console and there was plenty of for it, since the CX-7 Classic was — no clutch pedal, in words.

Unlike the Classic, the used a lever-type handbrake. The of the handbrake lever left for two cupholders adjacent the front-passenger’s and front-seat heating switches aft of the cupholders and handbrake lever, but the was shorter as a consequence. There was less room in the storage bin the centre armrest.

Also from the driving position, the provided fairly comfortable and seating. The backrest in particular did a job of wrapping around the torso and the occupant in place. The squab was not as effective, being shorter ideal for this reviewer, but it good support otherwise and was a firmer and flatter, as in the conventional for SUVs.

In the diesel model, the were much as for the base other than the leather and power adjustment. On longer the seat left the driver lower-back discomfort, not leavened at all by the adjustable lumbar support.

Instruments provided a clear, and easily read display the steering wheel and the relationship seat, wheel and pedals was and commanding.

Local mapping for the satnav was well out of date. On a of occasions the system attempted to us along exits that no existed since the construction of new of freeway. The voice prompts also occasionally misleading, instructions like “keep when “turn left” have been more

Mazda CX-7

For the sake of comprehension, the driver needed to take eyes of the to assess the instruction as displayed in the centre fascia.

There was no connection for the BOSE audio which wouldn’t read a disc with MP3 files We connected an iPod to the audio via the conventional auxiliary input but an iPod connection would kept the external music charged over the seven

On a 39-degree day, the air conditioning was too when set at 20 degrees. In other more than capable having its work cut out for it courtesy of the dark grey trim of the vehicle.

For ease of entry and the CX-7 ticks most although the A pillars were at such a shallow angle it was necessary to duck your on entry. That aside, was basically enough room for front and rear, although the transmission tunnel left writer’s nine-year old daughter to stretch out when she sat in the centre. The seats left the way clear for of head- and legroom however, for older kids or adults.

in the rear seat centre were pretty handy

There was but one (possible) build issue in the CX-7 Diesel: a vibration emanating from the on the passenger side over a of surfaces.

Luggage capacity was for a week away for two adults, two some ‘token’ food and presents for not only the two kids, but three cousins and two grandparents. then is possibly something of an

Mazda is setting itself up as the leading ergonomics expert folding rear seats is The pull-handles in the luggage compartment to the rear seats flat easy to use, from the and the loading floor was genuinely without the seat squabs things. Delivered with a spare, the front-wheel drive had a high boot floor, likely impinged on the vehicle’s capacity a little.

We did attempt limited offroading in the diesel There are those who will off the CX-7 as a pretend offroader, but it is an SUV with four-wheel drive and a diesel — so it was ready to be

Wheel articulation proved to be better than that of the Outlander tested a couple of ago — the Mazda lifting one wheel off the ground, not two. and departure angles were good for a ‘softroad’ compact Certainly the approach angle no cause for concern over the terrain that led to a couple of moments in a VW Tiguan.

As mentioned the Mazda’s engine made up for the lack of dual-range transfer and the grip offroad was not bad. All the courage failed us at a long boghole that an XC60 had barely) negotiated in the past.

We a toe (or the Mazda’s front left to be precise) in the water. The wheel into a deep section of rut, concealed under the water, the vehicle grounded at the front and this was beginning to like a test beyond the mettle without a support to assist.

In reverse gear and with of the four wheels on fairly ground, the Mazda spun the front wheel, but did back out of Draw what conclusions you from this. If you do a lot of mud-plugging, the is best left behind in the in favour of something with diffs and more ride at the very worst.

But traditional is not really what the CX-7 is to do. It will happily track corners on rally-style roads and securely. The traction control disable button to the right of the wheel only disables the for speeds up to 30km/h.

A Scandinavian in the CX-7 will succeed in the tail out momentarily — the stability control reasserts its

That wowser element Mazda is to be commended for the stability response — both in and progression. It is a little like the CX-9’s system, which has criticised for being too intrusive, the parameters for the CX-7’s system to have been moderated

So how do the two different strains of CX-7 in the wash-up? For around-town dropping up kids and shopping, the CX-7 is perfectly capable and easy to instilling confidence in those for a safe and stylish package provides a commanding view of the ahead. For the money, it’s a good value equation.

But if you can the extra for the diesel — and you can without a self-shifting transmission — that’s the one to get.

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Published. Wednesday, 20 2010

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