Review: Vauxhall Zafira TourerBy Chris Walsh
November 19, 2012
Think of an affordable 7-seat MPV and Vauxhall’s workmanlike Zafira may well spring to mind.
As for around 13 years, it has quietly serviced the needs of the family with little if no complaint whatsoever.
So the reward for being the most subservient car in its class is this: a bang-up-to-date, top-to-toe revision that aims to cement its position as probably the best value for money family-mover going.
With a modest rather than plush level of finish and with prices starting around £21,000, the Zafira Tourer is aimed at families who want the best from their investment.
Sitting somewhere between a Chevrolet Orlando and a SEAT Alhambria (in terms of out and-out ability), the Vauxhall Zafira manages just that, by offering up a cracking package all over.
With the newly-developed ‘Flex7’ seating system still at the core of the Zafira Tourer’s sales pitch, it continues to offer impressive standards of interior versatility, making it the ideal choice for families with children young and old or for people who require a little bit more from their car.
While both the Zafira Tourer’s third row seats can still be folded down flush with the floor of the luggage compartment, engineers have completely re-designed the second row.
No longer a bench, it now comprises three individual seats that can slide longitudinally independently of each other and can be folded flat, creating an even load floor.
One highlight of the new Zafira Tourer is the Lounge Seating system.
Now listen carefully on this one as the three seats in the second row transform into two seats with lots of extra legroom and shoulder space.
The two outer seats slide up to 280 mm backwards –a best-in-class dimension – and then slide 50mm towards the centre of the cabin. A sort of folding/rotating mechanism then transforms the back of the middle seat into armrests for the other two seats.
Sounds confusing (and possibly a little over engineered) but I can certainly vouch for its effectiveness.
Three diesel and two petrol engines are available from launch, ranging in power from 108bhp to 163bhp, with a further ecoFLEX derivative to act as the green option (with emissions of just 119g/km and 62.8mpg combined).
The Zafira Tourer’s 2.0 CDTI common-rail turbodiesel engine is available with one of three power outputs: 108bhp, 128bhp and 163bhp.
Complementing this are two petrol engines: a 138bhp 1.4-litre turbo and a naturally aspirated 1.8-litre, also producing 138bhp.
Other than this, certain models in the range benefit from ridiculous amounts of extra storage space dotted all over the cabin and a panoramic windscreen and sunroof, which given the right weather conditions, provides you with a truly unique driving experience. But caution should be applied.
Prices start around £21,000 for the base model and peak around £28,000.
Add some of the above extras and suddenly you’re at the £30,000 mark defeating the purpose of the whole car.
Model: Vauxhall Zafira Tourer 2.0CDTI (165ps) Elite S/S
Price From: £27,415
0-60: 9.1 seconds
MPG: 53.3 combined
CO2 emission: 139g/km
2010/2011 VED: £120pa (1st Year £120)