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Our Fleet Test Drive Review: Mazda CX-7 - 6th Report

Date: 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
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
PositiveRide comfort, interior
space, Bluetooth
NegativeSatnav foibles, A-pillar size