Dudley Drives: CX-7

The Mazda CX-7 is another addition to the crazy crossover sensation that seems to be taking the world by storm. People don’t like to commit anymore, they want the best of both worlds, why put all your eggs in one 4×4 size basket when you could have a 4×4 that is a little easier to park and drives like a sports car… apparently. That is what Mazda claimed when they introduced the Mazda CX-7, apparently it would simultaneously pull of SUV looks with sharp handling that Mazda is know for through cars like the Mazda MX-5 or the RX-8.

This means you get a spacious car however it isn’t quite as spacious as some of its rivals like the Audi Q5, maybe that is part of the reason for the Audi Q5s price tag, however if you compare the Q5 and the CX-7 in other areas, such as equipment and spec, you would have to spend a great deal more to get the same level in the Q5. The Mazda CX-7 will eventually get left behind however, as it ceased production in 2012. Therefore you can now only get a second hand Mazda CX-7, but if you are interested in something similar from Mazda, the Mazda CX-5 was its successor which is priced anywhere between £21,895 and £28,695. Anyway how far did the Mazda CX-7 go when it comes to replicating its famous handling in the MX-5 or the RX-8? To be honest, it actually does a pretty good job. From looking at it you may well expect a ride that is sluggish and dull. But the CX-7 is real good fun to drive.

Basically it comes down to how much space you need, and are you fussed about having the latest tech in your car? If you don’t need loads of space, and aren’t really fussed about being able to play your music through bluetooth etc, then it is worth considering, especially if you enjoy your driving. Other rivals include the Renault Koleos, Peugeot 4007, and the Lexus RX.