2009 Mazda CX-7 Review and Road Test
- 2009 Mazda CX-7 Luxury with reverse camera - six-speed automatic - $46,990 RRP
- None fitted.
CarAdvice Rating: (4.25)
- by Paul Maric
But again, more often than not, the final production version of the concept will be totally toned down and generally won’t contain any of the extreme design features of the concept.
Mazda dared to be different though. In 2004 it released the MX Crossport concept, which received great praise during the 2005 Detroit Motor Show and when it saw reality as the CX- the production version was almost identical to the concept, aside from the realistic interior, a product of its final price tag.
Our CX-7 test vehicle was finished in a neat white, ensuring it stood out from the crowd. Evident from first glance were the flowing lines that start at the bonnet and continue through to the car’s rear. Even though this car has been on the market for about three years now, it still has a striking presence.
Bulging side guards hint at the car’s sporty intentions, as do the chunky wheels and exposed exhausts.
Inside the cabin, it’s a similar story. Although the funky LCD screen and interior layout isn’t carried over from the concept (we could expect a $100,000+ price tag if they were!) the general connotations are the same.
Rear leg and headroom isn’t too flash. With the driver’s seat in my regular position, quite far back more often than not, it’s hard for an adult to remain comfortable when seated behind. The design of the car somewhat inhibits the function. It’s not overly oppressive, but on the same token it’s also no LandCruiser.
This isn’t too much of an issue though when you consider the CX-7’s target demographic. CX-7 buyers have young families and are lifestyle oriented, so in that regard it does a fine job of hauling kids.
The cabin has a roomy feel to it. The windscreen has a 66-degree rake, making the front of the dashboard feel like it’s very distant.
Boot room is average, and again, the design impinges on the function although 400-litres of capacity is on offer. Boot opening room is impressive though, allowing the loading and unloading of cargo with great ease.
Driving the CX-7 is a mixed bag. Turn the engine over and a humble silence engulfs the cabin. The 2.3-litre, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine produces 175kW and 350Nm, which sounds impressive, doesn’t it?
The CX-7 definitely moves with intention when you flatten the throttle. Once it’s on boost, the 1.7-tonne SUV feels quite agile and can be thrown into corners with confidence. Line up a tight bend and the accurate and responsive steering of the sporty SUV comes into play. Sharp changes in direction don’t seem to faze the CX-7, likewise with hard braking.
Brakes are 296mm at the front and 302mm rear, which serve well to keep the CX-7 in check. Adequate brake feel and a fluid motion make it easy to drive at the limits. Body roll is well controlled, making it consistently above average, which again is surprising for an SUV.
Parking is now made easy with the aid of the reversing camera, which is of good quality and allows an almost 180-degree view of the space behind the car. Visibility out the rear is pretty limited otherwise though.
There are two models on offer in the CX-7 range. There’s the CX-7 and the CX-7 Luxury. Standard features fitted to the CX-7 include: air-conditioning; power mirrors; alloy wheels; trip computer; steering wheel audio controls; six-disc CD player; auto dimming rear vision mirror and power windows.
Safety features standard across the range include: ABS brakes with EBD and BA; Dynamic Stability Control (Mazda’s name for ESP); driver and front passenger airbags; front passenger side airbags and full length curtain airbags.
The CX-7 is priced at $41,140, while the CX-7 Luxury is priced at $46,990.
It’s hard to fault the CX-7. Aside from the miserable fuel consumption, around 14.3-litres/100km on test, the CX-7 is a car that deserves to be high on any prospective purchaser’s list.
If you haven’t had the chance to do so yet, take one for a test drive. I’m sure you will be impressed.
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- Engine: 2261cc four-cylinder
- Power: 175kW @ 5000rpm
- Torque: 350Nm @ 2500rpm
- Induction: Turbocharged
- Transmission: Six-speed automatic
- Differential/Driven Wheels: All-wheel-drive
- Brakes: 296mm front/302mm rear
- Top Speed: N/A
- 0-100km/h: 8.5-seconds
- 0-400m: N/A
- CO2 Emissions: 273g/km
- Fuel Consumption: 11.5-litres/100km (claimed)
- Fuel Tank Capacity: 69-litres
- Fuel Type: 98RON petrol
- ANCAP Rating: Five-stars
- Airbags: Six-airbags
- Safety: ABS brakes with EBD and BA. DSC.
- Spare Wheel: Spacesaver spare
- Tow Capacity: 1600kg braked/750kg unbraked
- Turning Circle: 11.4m
- Warranty: Three-years/unlimited-km
- Weight: 1771kg
- Wheels: 18-inch alloys with 235/60R18 tyres