Outsider view: At last!

Pete Mait

It's already common knowledge that the CX-7 is the sportiest crossover in its class. Now revamped with a 2.2-litre diesel engine, this particular offering from Mazda should at last begin to post the sales figures it deserves. Nippy handling coupled with moderate fuel consumption whilst still providing plenty of horsepower and torque, added to which you get four-wheel drive and the associated degree of variability and flexibility – that's exactly what people expect from a vehicle in this class. The fact that Mazda also use the latest production methods to spare the environment leaves purchasers with a warm glow of eco satisfaction. And when the price is right, success is guaranteed.