The Vauxhall Zafira Tourer emulates the hugely popular Zafira in the UK – it’s practical and roomy, comfortable and good to drive, too
The new Zafira Tourer sports Vauxhall’s new corporate face that will adorn all future models.
Inside the modern theme continues with a pleasing dash design, clear to read dials and various soft-touch materials, which helps create an up-market feel. Standard equipment is good too, as all cars get air conditioning, cruise control and DAB digital radio.
The most important part of the Zafira Tourer is the ‘flex-seven’ seating, because unlike the old car with a single bench rear seat, you’ve got individual chairs that move independently. With the third row of seats folded down, it leaves a huge load space. It is also possible to get a seating system whereby the middle rear seat folds to allow the outer two to move inwards to give two seats with masses of shoulder room. One of the good things about this big Vauxhall is that it is one of the cheapest, seven-seat MPVs to tax and fuel.
The 2.0-litre eco-flex diesel emits under 120g/km CO2 while reputedly returning 72 miles per gallon. Combined with the fact that it is quiet at speed and you have a great long-distance cruiser. It doesn’t roll in corners, and while you couldn’t exactly call it fun, it’s definitely a lot more engaging to drive than many other large MPVs.
It is ideally suited to the school run, very easy to navigate as the steering is light, and so is the gearbox and clutch. The brakes are particularly sharp and visibility superb. However, on the downside, whilst compliant at speed, the suspension does bang and crash over bumps at slow speeds. There are a large number of cubbyholes, but none are large enough for this type of vehicle.
Also, of the seven seats, I would suggest that the two in the third row and the centre middle are only suitable for small children.
Practical and flexible interior, comfortable ride, good to drive