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2006 BmW335i

3.0 turbo, auto, alloys, ABS, twin air

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2014 NISSAN LEAF S GEN2

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32 Moorhouse Ave

Christchurch

03 366 7768

38

CX-9 integral part

of pamper package

THE OFFER of a pamper

package at Hanmer Springs

was too good to turn down

– hot pools, spa, massage

and an overnight stay all

included.

The car my wife and I

drove to the township in

was a Mazda CX-9 and it fitted

the occasion, it is quiet,

refined and superbly comfortable

on the undulating

North Canterbury roads.

The seven-seat CX-9 is

not new, the latest generation

sports utility vehicle

landed in New Zealand in

2016; however, it has had a

bit of a refresh and a high

grade variant has been

added to the line-up. There

are now three models,

rounding out with what

Mazda label Takami.

Takami is something you

are going to hear a lot more

about from Mazda, it adds

just that little bit of extra

sophistication, sitting over

and above Limited variants

and, as in the CX-9’s

case, add several features

such as nappa leather trim,

rosewood panels and aluminium

trim items.

These sit on top of what

would ordinarily be a wellspecced

vehicle in the first

instance.

Those familiar with the

CX-9 pre-2016 will relate to

the feisty V6 engine which

characterised the line-up.

That has long gone, today’s

CX-9 has a turbocharged

2.5-litre four-cylinder

engine.

If the thought of a

turbocharger has you a

little perplexed, you need

not be concerned. The

turbocharger is low boost,

and the engine, and its

management protocols,

are structured so that the

engine works consistently

in the area of low revs. Sure,

it will meet the 6000rpm

red-line with little provocation;

however, there is

a strong, flat torque curve

which meets its maximum

at 2000rpm (420Nm). Add

in 170kW at just 5000rpm,

the realisation is that the

engine is going to work

tirelessly at low speed.

Power is transferred

through a traditional sixspeed

automatic transmission.

This is another area

Mazda does really well, the

ratios and the shift management

system work well

with the low revving nature

of the engine, the gaps

between gears are filled

through the turbo boost,

while acceleration is clean

and smooth.

The CX-9 is no slouch,

even without working hard

it will still accelerate to

100km/h in 8.8sec, and will

make a highway overtake

MAZDA CX-9 TAKAMI: High grade trim and

specification over and above Limited.

in 4.7sec. On our journey

north I made use of several

overtaking opportunities

and always enjoyed that

solid mid-range punch that

you get from a big fourpotter

and the boost from a

turbocharger.

Interestingly, the CX-9

gets a driver-selectable

sport mode, but even

without the heightened

engine urgency it is still

responsive. I didn’t use

sport mode much, but far

preferred to let the engine

operate at its area of greatest

efficiency.

• Price – Mazda CX-9

Takami, $67,895

• Dimensions –

Length, 5075mm;

width, 1969mm;

height, 1747mm

• Configuration

– Four-cylinder,

four-wheel-drive,

2488cc, 170kW,

420Nm, six-speed

automatic.

• Performance –

0-100km/h, 8.8sec

• Fuel usage –

8.8l/100km

Motoring

Ross Kiddie

The benefit of the engine’s

low revving nature is also

that of fuel economy. It’s

no surprise the CX-9 is

thrifty, Mazda’s SkyActive

programme leans towards

efficiency, and it claims an

8.8-litre per 100km (32mpg)

combined cycle average,

which fits well with the

9.2l/100km (31mpg) readout

during our journey. At

100km/h the engine is turning

over at just 2000rpm

in sixth gear, offering a

7.8l/100 (36mpg) instantaneous

figure.

Considering the CX-9

weighs in rather tubby at

just on two-tonne, these

figures are impressive and

are a credit to the Mazda

engineers who, for a long

time now, have been plugging

away at driveline

efficiency. All CX-9 models

are now four-wheel-drive,

which makes it’s economy

even more remarkable.

The 4WD set-up will

take you off-the-beaten

track without being fully

classified as an off-roader.

However, with a ground

clearance figure of 220mm,

it does have useful off-theseal

capability.

Personally, I see the alldrive

function as a medium

to glean grip on all surfaces,

the CX-9 has an on-road

feel which is quite reassuring,

it feels tightly connected

to the road surface, and

even in the wet there is

surety through the steering

which must be considered a

safety feature. On that subject,

the CX-9 easily qualifies

for a five-star Australasian

New Car Assessment

Program safety rating.

My wife never travels

light, but her suitcase was

no match for the cavernous

cargo area. With the rear

seats folded flat that area

measures up to 810-litres;

if you are seven-up then

that area is compromised to

230-litres, but that matters

little, the CX-9 is very

much a competitive battler

in the large SUV category.

As much as I liked the

detailing in the Takami

grade, I’d be an entry-level

buyer, at $59,695 against

$67,895 you are getting

a lot of value for money.

However, I fully appreciate

that SUV buyers like

all the bells and whistles,

and that’s what you get

with CX-9 Takami, it is a

luxury car at an affordable

price. For the record, the

non-Takami Limited grade

comes in at $65,295.

I have a certain affinity

with Mazda, there’s one in

the Kiddie garage, I like the

way the product is quality

built and the technology

constantly surprises me.

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