Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

A Family Car Easy to Enjoy; Prices Have Come Down but Not the Quality

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

A Family Car Easy to Enjoy; Prices Have Come Down but Not the Quality

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VITAL STATISTICS

Model: Mazda CX-7 Classic Sports.

Details: Five-door all-wheel drive compact SUV.

Transmission: Six-speed activematic.

Engine: 2.3-litre direct injection spark ignition turbocharged in-line four-cylinder generating maximum power of 175kW @ 5000rpm and peak torque of 350Nm @ 2500rpm.

Consumption: 11.4 litres/100km combined average.

Bottom line: From $33,990 (Classic).

WITH so many car manufacturers now vying for your hard-earned dollar the consumer, it seems, is finally very much in the driving seat. The competition has not only kept prices realistic but has also resulted in innovative features and an impressive inclusions list.

It is a hard game for manufacturers helped little by the global economic crisis and they have had to play a smarter hand.

And that's what Mazda has tried to do with the release of the new CX-7.

The new generation family SUV boasts two new engines and a front-wheel drive entry model. The two new members are the CX-7 Classic powered by a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine and the Diesel Sport model with a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine at its heart and fuel consumption figures of 7.6 litres/100km. Mazda has also tightened up the carryover variants and dropped prices by as much as $3000 without skimping on quality.

The new range will go a long way to keeping buyers interested.

Space is no problem for front seat occupants who can enjoy the luxury of stretching out. Seats are well-styled and supportive and can be set to your requirements. The windscreen has a 66 degree rake which makes the dashboard seem far away and adds to the feeling of roominess.

The new models benefit from improved styling and the use of better-quality materials delivering a clean, sporty look.

The console takes its lead from the Mazda6, rating high in terms of practicality and aesthetics. Large adults may find head and legroom in the back a bit limited especially on long journeys while the boot space is satisfactory without being exciting. The back seats do fold down easily, however, to allow for more room and loading and unloading is a breeze.

On the road

The new CX-7 retains the good road manners of its predecessor with responsive steering and good body control.

It is no surprise that the CX-7 is happier in metro areas handling the close confines with the dexterity of a contortionist but it is no embarrassment on the open road either.

It is confident in its ability, handling bumpy surfaces with aplomb and even though you have to urge it quite strongly into a burst of speed, the CX-7 quickly rises to the challenge. Elevated driver position and the reassuring bulk adds to a feeling of safety. Take off and braking is a smooth affair and it is happy enough when changing direction suddenly. …

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