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Our Fleet Test Drive Review: Mazda CX-7 - 5th Report

Date: 08 September 2010   |   Author: Tristan Young


Maybe it's the type of driving I've been doing this summer, or maybe more insects have been feeling suicidal, but the front of the Mazda CX-7 has been looking particularly bug-encrusted of late.

Being slightly obsessive about car cleaning, and knowing that the CX-7 needs to be shining to look its best, it seems the most difficult part of washing the Mazda is removing the insect marks from the front.

I recently mentioned this on TWITTER, and was offered a host of suggested solutions, some more useful than others. One of the better ones came from a nice man at Autoglym, who recommended I try the firm's Active Insect Remover, and to put his money (£6.99) where his mouth was he sent me a sample to try.

I can report that it doesn't take away the need to use elbow grease, but it is much more effective at removing dried-on bug-splats than just using standard car shampoo.

Unfortunately it doesn't stop more insects then hurling themselves at the car. My CX-7 (as the picture shows) now needs another wash and wipe as since its first de-bugging I've been on holiday to Scotland. But more on how the Mazda coped with that trip in my next report.

Mazda CX-7 2.2 diesel 5dr manual
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 interval12,500mls
Insurancegroup 32
Warranty3yrs/unltd mls
Boot space (min/max)455/1348 litres
Engine size/power2184cc/173hp
Top speed/0-62mph124mph/11.3secs
Why we’re running itRevised CX-7 now (only)
has a diesel variant
PositiveRarity, equipment, economy
NegativeA-pillar visibility, emissions