I know people don’t pick cars just because they have effective headlights, but good ones don’t half make a difference.

The Mazda‘s standard Xenon lights are first rate. The beam is not only bright, but also gives an even spread across the road, and they come with a headlight wash as standard, too.

Having such good lights reduces the stress of driving in the dark – as I discovered during a recent journey late at night – making long trips less tiring, which can only be a very good thing.

Mazda CX-7 2.2 diesel 5dr manual
Mileage 3001
Claimed combined
Our average
P11D price £26,515
Model price range £26,515
CO2 (tax) 199g/km (31%)
BIK 20/40% per month £136/£273
Service interval 12,500mls
Insurance group 32
Warranty 3yrs/unltd mls
Boot space (min/max) 455/1348 litres
Engine size/power 2184cc/173hp
Top speed/0-62mph 124mph/11.3secs
Why we’re running it Revised CX-7 now (only)
has a diesel variant
Positive Rarity, equipment, economy
Negative A-pillar visibility, emissions