Our Fleet Test Drive Review: Mazda CX-7 - 6th Report
18 October 2010
Author: Tristan Young
At tyre fitting
I am determined not to get caught out this year when the weather turns bad.
The Mazda may be four-wheel drive, but it's still shod with more performance-oriented tyres. So after experiencing the difference a change of rubber can make in snowy conditions the last time the temperatures headed south, I've fitted a set of winter tyres from Continental.
Not only should these mean I never get stuck in the snow, they're also better in the wet and cold. In fact, Continental claims that in temperatures below 7°C the winter tyres have better grip than standard ones due to the rubber compound used.
Fitting a set of winters has also given us a chance to use Kwik-Fit Fleet's new tyre-storage service. For £40, Kwik-Fit will put your standard tyres in safe and secure storage and refit them in the spring.
Excellent service from Bagshot Kwik-Fit saw the winter tyres fitted to the Mazda in less than an hour, and now I'm about the only driver hoping it snows this winter.
|Mazda CX-7 2.2 diesel 5dr manual|
|Claimed combined |
|Model price range||£26,515|
|CO2 (tax) ||199g/km (31%)|
|BIK 20/40% per month||£136/£273|
|Boot space (min/max)||455/1348 litres|
|Why we’re running it||Revised CX-7 now (only) |
has a diesel variant
|Positive||Ride comfort, interior |
|Negative||Satnav foibles, A-pillar size|