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Our Fleet Test Drive Review: Mazda CX-7 - 15th Report

Date: 09 June 2011   |   Author: Tristan Young

Summer tyre

After enjoying the superb grip in cold, wet and snowy weather for nearly six months due to a set of Continental winter tyres, I decided to swap back to the original summer rubber.

I called my local Kwik-Fit, who'd stored the summer tyres for me, at the start of March and said I'd like them re-fitted at the end of the month. I was assured that only a few days' notice was needed and that I should call back later.

So, with the last week of March approaching I called again and was informed I'd be contacted when the tyres arrived in a few days. A few days passed. Nothing. I called back and was told head office hadn't yet responded.

Almost a week after my original call I was contacted to say the tyres would arrive in eight days - which the branch said they had to fight for as the original quote from HQ was a month and a half. In the end, the tyres turned up two days early. It seems I was unlucky as I've heard of no other delays and Kwik-Fit's official line on the average time for tyres to arrive back is nine days.

The service at Kwik-Fit Bagshot was swift, too. Possibly too swift as the tyre pressure light was on when they handed the car back. A quick pressure check revealed all four tyres to be down 4psi over the recommended figure.

Will I fit winter tyres again? Definitely - even if there's a minor trouble swapping back next spring.

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
PositiveConsumption, interior
space, dealer service
NegativeGearbox problem,
fuel consumption