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Our Fleet Test Drive Review: Mazda CX-7 - 12th Report

Date: 16 March 2011   |   Author: Tristan Young


There's no tougher practicality test for a long-term test car than taking the Young family on holiday, and recently it was the Mazda CX-7's turn to take up the challenge.

As anyone with a family knows, going on a holiday by car can be a stressful experience even before you set off. This is thanks to the ritual that is packing everything you need for the week into a space that, in my case, is almost never big enough. I'm convinced the amount of clobber we take just expands to fill the space available.

In its sector, the CX-7's official boot size (455 litres) isn't that big - a Volvo XC60 comes in at 495 litres and the Land Rover Freelander has a whopping 755 litres of space - but the boot's square shape means you can still fit in a great deal. In our case it swallowed enough for two adults and two kids (including a decidedly bulky three-wheel pram) all below the parcel shelf.

The CX-7 then took us in great comfort and refinement 1200 miles to the north-east coast of Scotland and back. What's more, it averaged 35.5mpg, which is up on the total average of 34.5mpg.

That's nothing short of impressive and a test passed with flying colours.

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
PositiveInterior space,
dealer service
NegativeA-pillar size,
gearbox problem