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Mazda CX-7 2007: High fuel consumption?

Asked by Daniel Weston

MY LOCAL Mazda dealer twice advised me that the fuel consumption in my five-month-old Mazda CX7 would improve at 10,000km, but it has not changed. I recently went on a 1000km trip and my average fuel consumption was 14 l/100km with the car on cruise at 110km/h. Mazda's claim of 11.4 l/100km combined is rubbish because I have never seen it anywhere near that figure. I don't accelerate heavily and I don't speed. What rights do I have to take it up with Mazda Australia?

Answered by CarsGuide

12 Apr 2007 CarsGuide team

YOU have to be cautious about the fuel consumption figures car companies quote as they come from standard tests over a particular test cycle on a dynamometer. They're really for comparison purposes. You can use them to compare make for make, model for model, and they are an indication of improvements a carmaker has made in going from one model to the next. I don't put a lot of store in them in an outright sense. Crossover wagons like yours tend to use more fuel than a regular sedan because they tend to be heavier and carry a lot more mechanical gear. There are also things such as larger tyres. If you feel you have been duped, I suggest you seek advice from a government consumer affairs department, or a solicitor experienced in consumers' rights.

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