Since it was first introduced in 1999, the Vauxhall Zafira has become a common sight on British roads. A firm family favourite, it offers tremendous practicality and solid build quality. Today, it finds itself in a hugely competitive market, with nearly every major manufacturer offering a big family MPV in its range. Whilst it might not be as good as some, it’s still a fantastic option.
Since it’s update, and rebadge as the Zafira Tourer in 2011, the Zafira is better looking, better to drive, and features an impressive interior.
Good quality interior, impressive design
One area that the Zafira Tourer really excels is in its cabin. There’s good quality, textured materials used throughout, and quality design touches that match more expensive rivals.
Whereas the old Zafira featured a drab, yet practical interior, the Zafira Tourer is unmistakably modern. Soft-touch plastics are used throughout, and are sculpted in such a way that the dash swoops across the cabin. There is also impressive red lighting touches, and buttons are easy to use, and well damped.
One area that a lot of family buyers are going to be interested in, is storage space. The Zafira Tourer, with the sixth and seventh seats folded, offers an impressive 710 litres of room in the boot. This isn’t quite as much room as you’d find in a Ford S-Max, or a Peugeot 5008, but it’s more than enough for most families. With all seven seats up, space is more limited, but there’s still enough room back there for supermarket shopping.
Most Zafira Tourer’s come with a decent standard spec. The lowest trim in the range, the ES, comes as standard with air-con, cruise control, and a DAB radio. One step up is the Exclusiv, which adds front and rear parking sensors, and electric rear windows. The Elite trim which sits right at the top of the range, features an impressive panoramic sunroof, that’ll make sunny drives to the seaside that little bit more enjoyable.
The interior of the Zafira Tourer is a well-designed, well thought out space, that most families are going to be happy with. It might not have the biggest luggage capacity in its class, but there’s more than enough room for most.
On The Road
Impressive handling, average refinement
When most families are looking for a big MPV, driver experience is usually put on a back burner. The Zafira Tourer is however quite a good car to drive. There is quite a bit of road and wind noise though, which may annoy some.
Much improved over the old Zafira, the Zafira Tourer is for such a big car, quite decent to drive. Handling is precise, and feedback through the wheel is positive. It’s not quite as confident at high speeds on winding roads, but the light steering is especially useful around town. There’s also surprisingly little in the way of body roll, so there’ll be less car sick to clean up.
One issue that some may have with the Zafira Tourer is the amount of noise that’s generated. On motorways wind noise becomes especially apparent, caused mainly by the large wing mirrors. Potholes can become a bit jolty as well, and road noise seeps through to the cabin quite easily, though not aggressively so.
Gearbox wise, the Zafira Tourer range offers three options. The gearbox found on the most basic models is a 6-speed manual transmission that’s found throughout the Vauxhall range. There’s also a 6-speed manual Start/Stop box, which is great around town, and will save you money on fuel bills. There’s also an 6-speed automatic option on the 2.0 CDTi model, for those that don’t like changing gear.
Three options, 1 petrol, 2 diesel
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your Zafira Tourer, you’ve got the usual two options: petrol, or diesel. Diesels are much more efficient, though the 1.4 litre turbocharged petrol unit is surprisingly punchy.
For most families, speed isn’t going to be too much of an issue when deciding which family car to buy. The closest the Zafira Tourer range offers to performance, is the 1.4 litre turbocharged petrol engine. It’s not going to break any records, but it still packs in 140bhp, and will get you from 0-62mph in 9.9 seconds, which is reasonable enough.
There’s not an eco-friendly option per-se in the Zafira Tourer range, though the 1.6 CDTi ecoFLEX model does offer the environmentally conscious family a positive option. Producing just 109g/km is pretty impressive for such a big car, and you won’t be paying much road tax either, as it’s in the lowest band. This model is also the best for the pocket, with exceptional fuel efficiency. Providing up to 68.9mpg, this engine will save you pennies on fuel, that you can spend around the house, or on the family instead.
These two options are arguably the best and most refined engines in the range. There is only one further option, a more powerful 2 litre diesel engine, but it’s not much quicker than the smaller diesel unit, and it’s far thirstier.
Full marks in NCAP safety tests, and good quality safety equipment as standard
Like most of the cars in its class, the Zafira Tourer easily achieved the highest 5 star NCAP rating. Whilst results aren’t as impressive as the VW Touran, the Zafira Tourer is a much bigger, more practical car. Every Zafira Tourer comes kitted out with six airbags, stability control, and a tyre-pressure monitoring system, that should keep both you, and your family safe from harm.
Value for money
Reasonably low running costs, so long as you avoid the cost of new-car depreciation
The Vauxhall Zafira Tourer range is pretty impressive value for money. This varies from model to model, but even the thirstiest engine in the range (the petrol-powered 1.4 Turbo) offers 42.2mpg. Emissions rates are also decent, provided you go for diesel power. The petrol engines aren’t the worst emitters, but they are going to cost you a bit more on road tax.
In terms of insurance, this also depends on which model you go for. The range starts in insurance group 11 for the 2.0 CDTi (110bhp) ES, and ranges up to group 21 for the 2.0 CDTi (170bhp) SE. These are pretty reasonable for a family car of this size, and in terms of insurance cost, the Zafira Tourer represents good value for money.
Depreciation is one area that particularly affects the Vauxhall Zafira Tourer. With first year depreciation as high as 40%, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
The Vauxhall Zafira Tourer is one of Britain’s favourite large family MPVs for good reason. It’s spacious, features a well-designed cabin, and has some pretty impressive diesel engines. There’s also the looks to consider, there isn’t any MPV of this size out there that is anywhere near as handsome as the Zafira Tourer.
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*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.