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Journeys : RACT MNJ June July 2010
It's easy to tell when She likes a car -- I struggle to get the keys from her! And judging by her insistence on driving everywhere, She certainly liked the CX7. Ma zda has just released the front wheel drive and diesel versions of the CX7, giving you four models to choose from. The entry model is a 2.5 litre, 4- cylinder, 5-speed auto with front wheel drive; the Classic Sports and the Lux ury Sports are both 2.3 litre, 4-cylinder, turbocharged, 6-speed autos with all wheel drive; and the Diesel Sports is a 2.2 litre, 4-cylinder turbo diesel, 6-speed manual, also all wheel drive. Our test vehicle was the new Diesel Sport, which gives you 127 kW of power and 400Nm of torque. Gear changes are kept to a minimum and once you hit 1500 rpm the turbo diesel happily cr uises along in 6th gear. Noise suppression is excellent, so at cr uising speed, engine noise is hardly noticeable. Our fuel consumption was a healthy 7.5L /100km, giving a range of over 850 kilometres to a tank. And with a 69 litre fuel tank, this makes the diesel a real winner. You'll get approximately 300 kilometres more to a tank than a petrol model with the same-sized fuel tank. With diesel fuel currently costing a few cents less at the pump than Premium Unleaded, this makes your r unning costs quite affordable for this size of vehicle. I found the gear change to be a bit notchy at first, but then I'm used to driving an auto. It didn't take long to adjust to driving a manual again, in fact, I'm now missing it. The steering was a bit lighter than my usual drive, but it did make manoeuv ring around the city a breeze -- and that's where I would consider the CX7 is at home. I know there's no way I'd be allowed to throw my mountain bike in the back and head bush! The drive was certainly an enjoyable one. There's slight body roll when cornering hard--butitisaCX7,notanMX5.It'sa sm art looking SUV with its sleek lines and 18" alloys. You have a choice of six classic colours -- no pinks or purples thankfully! Our test car was Crystal White Pearl, a brilliant white metallic finish. Prices range from $36,990 to $50,300 drive away. The Diesel Sports is $47,865 drive away and is certainly value for money given its list of standard features both in safety and the nice stuff that She mentions. Of course, there are plenty of accessories available if you like ticking the boxe s. So, would I buy one? She definitely would... ....so I guess that means yes! Peter George He says Mazda CX7 Driver training for all .drivers. Modern vehicles Expert instructors Individual driving lessons for learners and driver assessment RACT Driver Training graduates receive special discounts on joining RACT Roadside membership. Defensive Driver Training with both private and business courses. Hobart 6223 6333 Launceston 6335 5644 Devonport 6421 1944 Burnie 6434 2944 6507 www.ract.com.au June / July 2010 34
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