The Mazda CX-7 has the dynamics to match its sporty looks. It's roomy, well built and generously equipped, too
The absence of an automatic option seriously limits the CX-7's appeal, and the high CO2 emissions make for high company car tax rates
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Mazda CX-7 4x4 performance
The 2.2 diesel engine is extremely well suited to hauling a big car like the CX-7, producing a deceptively quick turn of speed and smooth cruising manners. However, you need to be quite precise when changing between the tightly spaced gears, and there’s no automatic gearbox.
Mazda CX-7 4x4 ride & handling
The ride manages to strike just the right blend of comfort and control. There’s no fancy electronics, just well judged springs and dampers, which offer a cushy ride and strong body control.
Mazda CX-7 4x4 refinement
Even when you’re cruising at high speed, there’s not a lot of road- or wind noise. There’s a wee bit of clatter from the engine both at tickover and when you work it hard, but for the most part it’s smooth and quiet.