The CX-7's steering wheel comes from the MX-5 roadster, which boosts the cabin's sporty feel. The high driving position is pure 4x4, though. The steering column only adjusts for height, but the driver's seat has full electric adjustment and most drivers will be comfortable. The slim digital readout at the centre of the dash is hard to read, however, and the thick screen pillars hinder the view forward.
Mazda CX-7 4x4 space & practicality
There's plenty of space for four adults in the CX-7, with head- and legroom to spare. The rear door openings are small, however. At 455 litres the boot is big, but it's not as large as some rivals' and there's a lip to lift items over. For more space, the rear seat backs tip forward in an instant to leave a long, flat load space.
Mazda CX-7 4x4 equipment
There's only one version of the CX-7 and it's very well equipped. Standard equipment includes climate control, leather upholstery, xenon headlamps, automatic lights and wipers, a Bose stereo, 18-inch alloy wheels and electric driver's seat adjustment. Sat-nav and reversing sensors are dealer-fit options.