Mazda CX-7 The Mazda CX-7 rides on 18” x 7.5” alloy wheels with 235/60 R18 tyres and the steering gives positive feedback and is extremely well weighted resulting in an enjoyable and spirited drive.
The Mazda CX-7 rides on 18” x 7.5” alloy wheels with 235/60 R18 tyres and the steering gives positive feedback and is extremely well weighted resulting in an enjoyable and spirited drive.
On the four wheel drive front we did not take the CX-7 off-road, however, well we did cross sandy and pebble beaches without any problem. The vehicle’s four-wheel drive system distributes the torque between the front and rear axles using an electronically-controlled active-torque coupling mounted in front of the rear differential. The system can then distribute the power between the front and rear axles (100/0 per cent to 50/50 per cent front/rear) for just the right amount of torque depending on the road conditions.
Getting in and out of the Mazda CX-7 is easy, with large door openings at both the front and rear. The side sill has a special design and is positioned very low to reduce the chance of making the hem of the trousers dirty when people get in and out of the vehicle.
The driver’s seat adjustment is electrically powered for (tilt/side/height) but sadly there is not a memory function and therefore it doesn’t remember mirror positions, etc. The driver’s lumber support and the head restraints are manually adjustable. The leather front seats are heated and are well designed, we did not complain of feeling uncomfortable despite very long periods of time behind the wheel.
All round vision is good making the CX-7 easy to drive and park. There are audible front and rear parking sensors to help you manoeuvre the car into tight spaces, which can be switched off towing.
Front leg and headroom is good - rear passengers may not agree, it isn’t bad but it did feel a little short on legroom. Rear seat passenger are protected from unwanted intrusion by privacy glass from the ‘B’ pillar back, it also helped to keep luggage out of the eye of the unwanted - there is tonneau cover for the boot area.
All the controls are well laid out and easy to use - there are all round electric windows. The climate control is easy to use and worked well but in vehicle of this class we we would expect dual climate control. Surprisingly the door mirrors although they have directional indicators within in them, could not be power folded but obviously you can manually pull them in. Cruise control is standard and can be set from the steering wheel.
The windscreen wipers are rain sensitive and the auto-on headlights are Xenon powered. But only on dipped beam although there are front and of course rear fog lights.
The boot is reasonably accommodating but at 455 litres with the seats up it is not as capacious as the Land Rover Freelander at 755 litres. The split rear seats can be folded 60:40 using Mazda’s unique Karakuri system with a one-touch rear seat back release located in the boot trim, which means that a large flat load floor can be created without having to open the car’s rear doors. With the seats folded down the boot area is increased to an area of 176 cm long, 105 cm wide and almost 79 cm high, the capacity increases to 774 litres (to the belt-line) and 1,348 litres packed to the ceiling. The boot floor has a wet and dry side which can be flipped over to protect the carpet from wet and dirty objects such as dogs.
Mazda CX-7 Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Mazda Mazda CX-7 2.3 MZR DISI Turbo|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||8 Seconds|
|Top Speed||130 mph|
|Fuel Type||Unleaded Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||34.9 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3-Years / 60,000 Miles|
|Price (when tested on the 13/08/08)||£24,595 (Metallic Paint £375 Option)|