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Mazda CX-7
6/10

Overall
verdict

We used to ignore the CX-7 because of its lack of diesel power - not any more. Great value, great drive and looks refreshingly different. Now a genuine player in the class.

Additional Info

What is it?

It's a Ford Focus/Mazda3 set-up at the rear and McPherson struts at the front, and the CX-7 handles better than it has any right to given the high profile. Still, it's the first time a crossover like this will leave a smile on your face, even with the usual clutched 4x4 system that only sends 50-percent of the torque to the back wheels once the fronts slip.

Driving

The same sophisticated (and relatively expensive) suspension gives a decent ride, even if the need to keep the body under control mitigates any latent limo tendencies. There's plenty of room, too.

On the inside

There's only one engine - again - but this time it's a 2.2-litre diesel with 170bhp and 295lb ft of torque. 11.3 seconds to sixty-two won't set the world on fire, but it won't set your wallet on fire either with 37.7mpg. Not bad.

Owning

It's a bit of a blob, and crossovers might be practical, but they aren't really sexy are they?

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