Mazda CX-7
Mazda CX-7 Petrol Review (2008)

Based on the MX-Crossport concept car shown at the 2005 Detroit Motor Show, the new Mazda CX-7 was initially launched in North America in the spring 2006, where sales have already topped 45,000 units to date, followed by its introduction to Japan  in December 2006. The Mazda CX-7 was launched in the UK in September 2007.

Although the Mazda CX-7 is billed as a 4-wheel drive SUV, it is not really intended to go off road. It is targeted at buyers who have an active lifestyle and enjoy driving a sports car but need the practicality of a sports utility vehicle.

The CX-7 is a sporting estate car with 4-wheel drive capability and the attitude of an SUV without most of the usual compromises. It lacks a low ratio gearbox and you cannot lock the differentials when the going gets tough.

Currently there is only one model with a 2.3 MZR DISI turbocharged petrol engine mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. We have seen the engine before in the high performance Mazda3 MPS and on the outgoing Mazda6 MPS. It produces 260bhp @ 5500 rpm and delivers 380 Nm of torque at 3000 rpm.  On the performance front; the 0-62 mph figure is 8.0 seconds and a top speed of 130 mph. Company car drivers and environmentalists beware the Co2 emissions are quite high at 243 g/km.

We found the engine to be willing as soon as the turbo charger cut in, but beware if you let the revs drop off and you can be left floundering. Mid-range punch is very good and overtaking is reassuring, if you are in right rev band and there is a nice exhaust note.

Mazda quote an urban fuel consumption figure of 20.5 mpg, extra urban 34.9 mpg and a combined figure of 27.7 mpg. On average we achieved 25 mpg whilst touring Ireland, this increased to 33 mpg whilst cruising on ‘A’ roads at around 60 mph.

Having a high centre of gravity you would expect the CX-7 to suffer from body roll, but it is having none of that and it is surprisingly sure footed. We took the CX-7 to Ireland where the road quality can be patchy and the ride quality remained composed even over the worst of surfaces.

If you have driven similarly priced SUVs then you will be surprised by how well the CX-7 handles, it can be a bit ponderous in demanding bends but it would certainly outpace many a saloon car or hatchback. The fully independent suspension is linked to a unique active torque‑split, all-wheel drive system which ensures that the CX-7’s 380 Nm of torque can be exploited in a smooth and controlled way. Using high-tech sensor technology, the all-wheel drive system monitors the CX-7’s steering angle, yaw rate, wheel speed, lateral G-force and throttle-valve position, to optimise in real time the vehicle’s road holding ability whatever the surface and driving conditions.


Published : 13/08/08 Author : Melanie Carter

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