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
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
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.
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.
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.