Test Mazda CX-7: The new diesel power

Test Mazda CX-7

The new diesel power

The sporty SUV Mazda CX-7 is positioned between the common size classes. For a year now it has also been available with a diesel engine.

The Mazda CX-7 needed a while until it made itself felt in the German street scene. More precisely: more than two years. So much time passed between the introduction of the mid-range SUV in Germany and the first facelift. The fact that the front of the vehicle is now presented in the current brand painting should only play a subordinate role for the new customers. It is much more important that the CX-7 finally has a suitable drive: no longer just a thirsty turbo petrol engine with 191 kW/260 hp, but also a 2.2 liter diesel with 127 kW/173 hp, which the fuel costs does not let go completely out of hand.
Because the petrol engine is also only offered in the highest equipment, the new diesel offers a basic price of 30.590 euros even one by around 6.000 euros cheaper entry into the model series. If you want to achieve an acceptable level of equipment, you should be at least for the middle center line from 32 from the outset.Decide 190 euros. In addition to automatic climate automatic and sound system. And they should be, because the CX-7 is a car for the long stage.
For this he predestines the 2.2 liter great diesel, who runs cultivated after a big cold start and a pronounced turbo hole, but should be a little better insulated. 11.3 seconds for the sprint to 100 km/h. 200 km/h top speed: the driving performance is not overwhelming, but sufficient. The fact that the CX-7 is still 7.5 liters of fuel over 100 kilometers in the official average, while for example the somewhat stronger but only slightly lighter new BMW X3 needs two liters less, only noticed on the side. In everyday life with the CX-7 you have to count on almost nine liters anyway.
For this you can carry a reasonably green conscience in front of you. Because the CX-7 also takes care of the reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions-a problem that will have more to do with the diesel in the future due to strict exhaust gas regulations. Mazda uses the SCR technology, which are primarily known from commercial vehicles, with the ADBlue urea solution, which is primarily known from commercial vehicles. However, the stop of grubby truck filling stations is not required. The 15 liters preserved in a separate tank are replenished at the regular maintenance intervals.
With a length of 4.70 meters, the Japanese skillfully places between all the chairs: it is longer than usual compact SUV like the VW Tiguan and smaller than a touareg. These are ideal dimensions for appropriate freedom of movement in all places and a practical trunk. Its volume moves between 455 and 1.348 liters, whereby the back seat backrest can be reduced by one handle. In contrast to some other Far Eastern manufacturers, Mazda traditionally pays special attention to the driver’s workplace. Faucet board and center console are well made, the instruments are deep, but are easy to read, the gear lever is well at hand. However, the representation of the navigation system is microscopic – and is also at a considerable distance from the driver’s eye.
For this, the directly designed steering addresses precisely and supports a more dynamic driving style. The reserves have the CX-7: Mazda has slightly shifted the controller in the course of the model revision towards comfort, but in quick corners the Japanese still feels more comfortable than on bumpy street surface. The CX-7 has the lack of compromise between sporty and at the same time convenient interpretation with some current Mazda models; In an SUV, the dynamic claim of which is limited due to the higher body structure, it only catches the eye. In this way, a sporty SUV can also be argued in the future. Michael Hoffmann/SP-X

Mazda CX-7-Technical data:
Fifth-door mid-range SUV, length: 4.70 meters, width: 1.87 meters, height: 1.65 meters;
2.2-liter turbodiesel, 127 kW/173 hp at 3.500 rpm, maximum torque: 400 Nm at 2.000 rpm, Vmax: 200 km/h, 0-100 km/h: 7.5 s, consumption: 7.5 liters, CO2 emissions: 199 g/km, price: from 30.590 euros

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