Our Fleet Test Drive Review: Mazda CX-7 - 11th Report
15 February 2011
Author: Tristan Young
After more than 10,000 miles in our long-term Mazda CX-7 it's probably about time I talked about fuel consumption.
Fuel spend is one of a fleet's biggest costs and normally the subject of a BusinessCar long-term test report well before the five-digit mileage we've put on the Mazda in the past nine months.
However, I've discovered something about the Mazda that BusinessCar hasn't seen before. With the CX-7, the consumption hardly changes from our 34.4mpg average. And for the record, the official combined fuel consumption figure is quoted as 37.7mpg.
No matter what the type of driving - stop-go city or super-eco motorway trips - I can't get the mpg figure to shift by much more than 3mpg.
Interestingly, 3mpg is also the figure the trip computer seems to be over-reading by, but that's fairly typical for any car when you calculate economy using the brim-to-brim method.
Recently I have been putting in some real effort into getting a higher mpg. Having covered a lot of motorway miles in the past month at quite sedate speeds (and without aircon) I've still only been achieving 35mpg or 36mpg.
But there is an up-side to the stubborn mpg. If I'm less careful about my eco driving habits the figure doesn't drop by more than 3mpg either, which in a big 4x4 is a welcome bonus.
|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||Interior space, |
|Negative||A-pillar size, |