The Mazda Scrum is a micro van which shares the same design and underpinnings with the Suzuki Every. The vehicle is offered in both commercial and passenger versions and comes with a spacious interior combined with compact exterior dimensions.
The micro vans market is still looked with suspicious eye by the European buyers, but in the Asian countries, these small and practical vehicles are much appreciated as they offer a good mix between utility and efficiency.
The Mazda Scrum has a long history behind it and the latest upgrades were made in 2007 when the vehicle received a modern exterior design combined with a new interior and a set of technical tweaks.
The new Scrum van continues to be powered by the old 660 cc DOHC engine and it’s offered with both 2WD and 4WD configurations.
The 2007 Mazda Scrum features a boxy design combined with a pretty short nose and a tall stance. The ground clearance is pretty low and all four wheels are pushed close to the corners to improve the vehicle’s stability at high speeds.
The front end is pretty vertical and received a new front grille which looks slightly more refined than the old one. On each side of the grille, there are big, robust headlights which follow the same squared design language found at the rest at the body.
The boxy shape is completed by the new front and rear bumpers which cope great with the rest of the body. Mazda has also redesigned the side under spoilers, while the side indicator lamps are now fitted with white lenses.
The front bumper gets a set of circular multi-reflector fog lights, while the rear combination lights come with clear inner lenses. On the side there is a practical sliding rear door which offers easy access to the load area.
The interior looks pretty upscale and the bright color treatment gives the cabin an airy feel. We also like that the driver is surrounded by a wide glass area which offers a great interior lightning.
Though, the compact exterior dimensions still affect the interior space and you could feel a bit claustrophobic, as there is limited head-, leg-, and shoulder room.
On the other hand, the materials and plastics are better than other micro vans found in the segment and the build quality it’s also reasonable.
The dashboard comes with a modern and practical layout and maximizes the use of space. Though, the center console is intrusive and the gear lever is placed a bit awkward. Luckily, you won’t complain about the all around visibility and we also like the clean instrument cluster which can be read fairly easy during both night and day driving.
The seats are pretty supportive, but they are a too thin to offer a high level of comfort and can be best described as basic.
Between the driver’s and passenger seats is nested a convenient tray which is fitted with cup holders and a few useful cubbies. Other storage places include some cubbies found into the dash, a glove box and a set of small door pockets.
Engines and performance
The Mazda Scrum is equipped with a V type 660 cc engine. There are two valves on each cylinder head, and it has a compression ratio of 8.1:1. A single camshaft operates within the cylinder heads.
The engine generates a maximum output of 57.6 hp at 5500 rpm with a peak torque of 63.4 lb.ft achieved at 3500 rpm. In 2WD versions power is sent to the wheels by means of a three speed automatic transmission, while the 4WD versions get a 4 speed automatic unit. The Scrum’s fuel tank has a maximum capacity of 9.8 gallons.
The three speed transmission is new and Mazda says that it comes with revised gear ratios and offers a 0.2 km/L improvement in fuel economy over the old one.
2007 Mazda Scrum Engines Specifications
|Engine||hp @ rpm||lb.ft @ rpm|
|660 cc||57.6 @ 5500||63.4 @ 3500|
Ride and handling
The exterior proportions aren’t working in Scrum’s favor so don’t expect to any sporty ride and handling abilities.
The front suspension consists of McPherson struts with coil springs, while the rear setup is of isolated trialing link type with coil spring. The van’s ride is more on the bumpy side of things, but the body roll is smaller than expected, mostly due to the wise emplacement of wheels which counteracts the tall stance of the vehicle.
The stopping power is pretty decent and is assure by front discs and rear drums.
Moving on to the steering, you’ll find it pretty light and responsive offering an enjoyable city drive. The compact exterior dimensions will also help you deal great with congested traffic situations, while the tight turning cycle helps this compact van to move with agility in narrow working situations.
The Mazda Scrum is among the most refined micro vans found in this segment. Its boxy shapes looks modern and the interior it’s also pretty comfortable for a micro van. The build quality is better than what you’ll usually find in the segment, but space continues to be a problem, which is a common issue for this type of vehicles.
As it was expected the engine is a bit sluggish (especially on 4x4 versions), but it offers good fuel efficiency and deals well with city traffic. The ride and handling are at par with what you’d usually find in the segment.