Mazda CX-7 2009 vs BMW 5 series 2011

Mazda CX-7
2009 - 2012
BMW 5 series
2011 - 2013
Body: Crossover / SUVSedan
Crossovers and SUVs have better off-road capabilities (higher ground clearance, can have 4x4 drive), they are preferable for driving on unpaved roads and rural areas. Also, the driver's seating position is higher in a crossover or SUVs, which provides better visibility also in city. This usually comes at the cost of higher fuel consumption, increased weight and higher maintenance costs.
Gearbox: ManualAutomatic
Engine: 2.2 Diesel2.0 Diesel
Camshaft drive: Timing chainTiming chain


Power: 173 HP218 HP
Torque: 400 NM450 NM
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 11.3 seconds7 seconds
BMW 5 series is a more dynamic driving.
Mazda CX-7 engine produces 45 HP less power than BMW 5 series, whereas torque is 50 NM less than BMW 5 series. Due to the lower power, Mazda CX-7 reaches 100 km/h speed 4.3 seconds later.

Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption (l/100km): 7.55.1
Real fuel consumption: 8.4 l/100km7.4 l/100km
The BMW 5 series is a better choice when it comes to fuel economy.
By specification Mazda CX-7 consumes 2.4 litres more fuel per 100 km than the BMW 5 series, which means that if you drive 15,000 km in a year, the Mazda CX-7 could require 360 litres more fuel.
By comparing actual fuel consumption based on user reports, Mazda CX-7 consumes 1 litres more fuel per 100 km than the BMW 5 series.
Fuel tank capacity: 69 litres70 litres
Full fuel tank distance: 910 km in combined cycle1370 km in combined cycle
1040 km on highway1520 km on highway
820 km with real consumption940 km with real consumption
BMW 5 series gets more mileage on one fuel tank.

Drive type

Wheel drive type: Front wheel drive (FWD)All wheel drive (AWD, 4x4)


Average engine lifespan: 380'000 km280'000 km
Engine resource depends largely on regular maintenance and the quality of the oils and fuels used, but under equal conditions the average life of a Mazda CX-7 engine could be longer.
Engine production duration: 5 years17 years
Engine spread: Installed on at least 2 other car models, including Mazda 6, Mazda 3Installed on at least 6 other car models, including BMW 3 sērija, BMW X5, BMW 1 sērija, BMW X1
In general, the longer and for more car models an engine is produced, the better its serviceability and availability of spare parts. BMW 5 series might be a better choice in this respect.
Hydraulic tappets: noyes
The BMW 5 series engine has hydraulic tappets (lifters), providing quieter operation and no need for periodic adjustment, but they are more complex in design and can cause serious engine damage in case of failure.


Length: 4.70 m4.90 m
Width: 1.87 m1.86 m
Height: 1.65 m1.46 m
Mazda CX-7 is 20 cm shorter than the BMW 5 series, 1 cm wider, while the height of Mazda CX-7 is 18 cm higher.
Trunk capacity: 455 litres520 litres
Trunk max capacity:
with rear seats folded down
774 litresno data
BMW 5 series has more luggage space.
Mazda CX-7 has 65 litres less trunk space than the BMW 5 series.
Turning diameter: 11.4 meters11.9 meters
The turning circle of the Mazda CX-7 is 0.5 metres less than that of the BMW 5 series, which means Mazda CX-7 can be easier to manoeuvre in tight streets and parking spaces.
Gross weight (kg): 2`4302`320
BMW 5 series scores higher in safety tests. The BMW 5 series scores significantly higher in active safety technologies (stability control, lane assist, automatic braking, etc.) tests.
Quality: no data
Average price (€): 640012 400
Pros and Cons: Mazda CX-7 has
  • longer expected engine lifespan
  • lower price
BMW 5 sērija has
  • more power
  • more dynamic
  • lower fuel consumption
  • more full fuel tank mileage
  • has 4x4 drive
  • roomier boot
  • higher safety
  • better safety assist technologies
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