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Journeys : RACT MNJ June July 2010
The only feedback I'd previously received on the CX7 was from a friend who ow ned one -- she loved it, but her petrol model was a bit thirsty. Well, Ma zda has solved that problem by releasing a diesel. Of the four models across the CX7 range, the 2.2 litre turbo diesel would certainly be my choice, averaging 7.6L /100km. It's only available as a 6-speed manual, but it's a brilliant combination. The CX7 is the perfect city SUV -- stylish in looks, with a front end that is always smiling at you. It's slightly shorter but wider than a Mazda 6 and obviously higher. It's large enough for the family, small enough for around the city and easy to manoeuv re. Parking is easy, with a reversing camera that is standard across the range (and in my opinion, a necessity for all big-bottomed vehicles). Front and reverse parking sensors are optional. All four models of the CX7 come standard with Anti-lock Braking system (ABS), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) and Traction Control System (TCS). Standard also are SRS Airbags, front (driver and passenger), side (front) and full length curtain (front and rear). All Wheel Drive (AWD) is standard on all but the Classic model. Indeed the 'standard' list is quite impressive. Our Diesel Sports had leather seats including seat war mers for the driver and front passenger. The driver's seat has 8-way power adjustment including height and lumbar support. The tilt and telescopic steering wheel houses audio, cr uise, Bluetooth and info controls and is leather- w rapped, as are the gear shift and handbrake. We had a Bose sound system with nine speakers, power windows, power mirrors with heating function, climate control, auto headlights, fog lamps and heating ducts to rear passengers -- very nice, thank you. Even metallic paint and satellite navigation are standard and we certainly appreciated our polite sat-nav lady. All the info you require is available at the press of a button -- time, temperature, fuel con sumption and more. The dual-stage door unlocking function takes a little getting used to. One press of the remote unlocks the driver's door, a second press open s all doors. I kept forgetting the second press which prevented the kids from getting in (and depending on what sort of day you're having, that could be a good thing!). With very few boxes to tick to get all the nice stuff, the CX7 is a lovely SUV ... zoom zoom! ANCAP Rating ★★★★★ Green Vehicle Rating ★★★ A word on diesel Most servos have fewer diesel pumps than petrol. Because diesel fuel comes out at a fast and furious rate, there's always the possibility of back-splash, so staying at arms-length is advisable. The other downside of diesel is that the nozzle is usually covered in fuel, leaving your hands smelling of it -- mmm, nice! Some servos on the mainland have a supply of disposable gloves at the pump for your convenience -- I'm yet to find a servo in Tassie that does. But don't let this discourage you from purchasing a diesel vehicle. I carry my own pack of disposable gloves -- trust me, taking the time to pull on the gloves is far better than turning up to your destination reeking of diesel! She says Lindy George Looking for a new car? Ex-Tasmanian Government vehicles, most about two years old with 40,000km RACT Roadworthy Inspection with each vehicle (includes pre-registration certificate) Viewings and fixed price on Saturdays from 9am-2pm or Mondays from 8am Auctions every Tuesday at 11am 56 Sunderland Street, Derwent Park 6428 Buy with confidence at Pickles Auctions www.ract.com.au 35 June /July 2010
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