2012 Mazda CX-7 | new car review

Posted on Aug 8, 2012 by

Rather than think of the as an SUV, would rather you consider it to be the ultimate hatchback.The has been around for a few years now and is proving to be a popular choice for those looking for something a little different. It’s been designed to drive like a hot hatch on stilts – this is a car for the family man who doesn’t want to give up any driving thrills. It’s much more of a sporting proposition than the bigger Mazda CX-9.

This is most evident from the drivers seat. Everything is angled towards the driver – with even the gear selector moving high up on the centre console to be within a short reach of the driver. The steering wheel and instrument cluster are lifted straight from Mazda’s RX-8 sportscar (unfortunately not offered in this part of the world).

There’s just the one engine on offer – a 234bhp turbocharged 2.3-litre four-cylinder. It drives all four wheels through an extremely quick-to-react six-speed automatic gearbox, which has been tuned to hold onto the gears longer if it senses the driver is tackling a particularly complex stretch of road.

Seating is provided for five people and though headroom is a little compromised in the back due to the coupe-like raked roofline, it should prove to be big enough for most. The cabin is finished in high-quality materials with deeply sculptured seats for all those lucky enough to be on board.

All variants get six-airbags, ABS and traction control.


Price: AED 95,000 – AED 125,000


2.3-litre inline-4 turbocharged
Max power:
Max torque: 350Nm


6-speed automatic

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