I’m not sure about soul but at the heart of the CX-7 is a 2.3-litre DISI, petrol engine.
I’m not sure about soul but at the heart of the CX-7 is a 2.3-litre DISI, petrol engine. It may be the only power unit available but it is turbo charged and intercooled. These are the magic words that mean that the CX-7, for all its size can be propelled from 0-62mph in just 8.0 seconds and the top speed is 130mph.
DISI stands for Direct Injection Spark Ignition and if further proof of its credentials were needed, it is the same unit that powers the super Mazda6 MPS and the whizzy, Mazda3 MPS. But, in this case, the 4-cylinder, 16-valve, engine produces 260PS (258bhp, 190kW) at 5,500rpm and 380 delicious Newton metres of torque at 3,000rpm, most of that comes in at around 2,800rpm.
So, the CX-7’s performance should never be in doubt. The low-entry torque provides plenty of oomph while, at motorway speeds, there is still a lot of power in hand for swift overtaking, without the need to drop a gear. The European car comes with a 6-speed, manual transmission with gear ratios set to get the best out of the engine and it shows.
Moving on from the sports car aspect; as befits an SUV, although not always present on some others, Mazda’s Active Torque-Split All-Wheel-Drive is fitted. This is an on-demand system that distributes torque as needed, from 100 per cent front-wheel-drive to a 50:50 ratio, front and rear.
Aided by the fully independent suspension system, the CX-7 is a fairly competent off-roader, going further off the beaten track than I expected and coping admirably with mud-filled ruts and slippery surfaces.
Although the Mazda CX-7’s wide stance means stability on fast, twisty roads, it doesn’t hurt to have the extra reassurance of Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and a Traction Control System (TCS). The inclusion of these systems alongside the usual ABS with EBD and EBA doesn’t make it foolproof but does go a long way to keeping you out of the scenery - unless you are off-roading, that is. If all else fails, there are front and side airbags and front and rear curtain airbags to cushion the blow.
The fuel consumption figures are okay but could be better. On the other hand the temptation to make good use of the accelerator pedal means that 20.5-, 34.9- and 27.7mpg for the urban, extra-urban and combined cycles are more an illustration than fact. Meanwhile, the twin tailpipes emit 243g/km of CO2.
Mazda CX-7 Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Mazda Mazda CX-7|
|Colour||Galaxy Grey Mica|
|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-Year or 60,000 Mile Warranty|
|Price (when tested on the 17/02/08)||£23,960|