There are not too many changes inside of the Mazda CX-7 either and it is clear that Mazda are sticking with what worked well before.
The upper dashboard, for instance, is a two-tier affair, as before. However, the narrow strip formed between the two layers has been deepened in the centre to accommodate the MID (Multi-Information Display) with its bright red digital graphics and alongside, sits the 4.1-inch screen for the integrated satellite-navigation system. The screen maybe small but it is perfectly formed and, despite its size, easily read. It also doubles as the display screen for the rear parking camera and the clarity is quite impressive.
On the subject of electronic wizardry, the Mazda CX-7's sound system is the Premium BOSE Surround Sound audio suite with nine speakers and an integrated 6CD autochanger. There is also an MP3 player control system bundled with the Bluetooth technology. Controls for these systems can be found in the regimented layout of the centre console or more easily to hand on the chunky steering wheel.
A mixture of high gloss black surrounds and brushed-metallic effect finishes, serve to brighten the front passenger and driver's environment and these trim themes are continued in the front and rear door panels.
Behind the fully-adjustable steering wheel, are the three main instrument dials, also with red illumination. These are well recessed into a hooded cowl to avoid being obscured by light reflections. It might seem an odd thing to mention these days but there are some that still suffer from this problem.
In between the Mazda CX-7's heated and leather-clad front seats (with 3 memory buttons), the central tunnel houses two large cupholders next to the conventional parking-brake handle and ahead of the front central armrest, which hides a deep cubby. At the base of the centre console is the non-optional, 6-speed manual gear-shift. Much like in the Mazda3 MPS Review from a couple of weeks ago, I found the functionality to be a tad notchy and a little too stiff for my liking.
On the subject of niggles, one that hasn't been addressed in this new generation Mazda CX-7, is the rake of the A-pillar and the height of the cant rail. Stylish it may be, but if the seat is set at the right height for driving, more often than not, getting in and out will involve head contact with the framework - at least for the first few times.
Although the rear doors are a good bit narrower than those at the front, they still have room for bottle-sized mouldings and are wide enough not to impede exit or entry into the cabin.
Rear passengers will enjoy plenty of legroom and this area is by no means cramped. The seats have a 60:40 fold function and when lowered, the seat backs serve to extend the flat load platform, which is almost level with the boot lip.
In the seats-up configuration, there are some 455-litres of luggage space, which increases to 744-litres with the seat backs folded - but that is not to the roof. Another convenience is that the seats can be lowered from the boot, simply by pulling a lever.
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