Vauxhall Zafira Tourer MPV
Price £18,615 - £29,580
- Flexible, spacious interior
- Good safety rating
- Decent to drive
- In-cabin storage could be cleverer
- Only two second-row seats have ISOFIX
- Most rivals have more standard equipment
At a glance
“The Vauxhall Zafira Tourer people carrier is smart and practical, with room for seven adults at a push. It’s decent value to buy and affordable to run.”
The Vauxhall Zafira Tourer is a distinctive-looking seven-seater people carrier that goes to head-to-head with MPVs such as the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso, Peugeot 5008 and Renault Grand Scenic. Until recently, it was sold alongside the standard Vauxhall Zafira as a sportier, more upmarket alternative, but now the Zafira has been dropped, it’s on its own.
People choose this type of vehicle for the space and flexibility on offer. On these measures, the Tourer is competitive but not outstanding. Its main feature is the way its second and third-row seats can fold flat into the floor in seconds, creating a huge load area.
Upright, they’re roomy enough, although only small children will be genuinely comfortable in the very back. Three adults will find the second row a bit of a squeeze, too. The second row also slides to create extra space, while the rear doors open wide so you can secure children safely. However, oddment storage space is at a premium.
Buyers can choose from three engines: a 136bhp 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol, a 132bhp 1.6-litre diesel and a 166bhp 2.0-litre diesel. This last option offers a good balance between power and fuel economy and is ideally suited to hauling a fully loaded Tourer, possibly with a caravan.
However, for most people, the 1.6-litre diesel will be sufficient. It pulls well, returns a respectable 68.9mpg and costs just £20 a year to tax. In fact, it’s the most efficient engine in the range. However, if your annual mileage is less than around 15,000 and you make few serious demands on your car, the much cheaper 1.4-litre petrol may be the wiser choice. It costs almost £3,000 less than the 1.6-litre diesel, yet achieves 42.2mpg. Tax is £180 a year, but even so, the numbers work in its favour.
The Zafira Tourer is reasonably good fun to drive. It resists body lean in corners quite well, and feels grippy and stable. The suspension is comfortable and absorbent and the steering is direct, with plenty of feel. It’s a quiet car, too, with low wind and road noise at all speeds.
There are no less than seven well-equipped trim levels, ranging from Design to Elite. All come with alloy wheels, air-conditioning, a central front armrest, DAB digital radio, steering-wheel-mounted controls and electric windows all-round.
The cheaper versions have all the features most families could want and offer the best value for money, so if your annual mileage is only average, we’d recommend the 1.4-litre petrol Design.
Owners report few problems with the Zafira Tourer. There’s good news on the safety front, too, with Euro NCAP awarding the car its maximum five-star rating in crash tests. All versions get a full set of airbags and electronic stability control. However, while the outer seats in the second row have ISOFIX child-seat mounting points, the middle one does not.
Diesel engines are cheap to run, particularly the ecoFLEX versions
The Vauxhall Zafira Tourer is good to drive and be driven in, and there’s an engine to suit every priority
It has an appealing cockpit for the driver, but the Vauxhall Zafira Tourer lags behind several rivals for standard equipment
Seats that fold completely flat in seconds are the main selling point of the Vauxhall Zafira Tourer, but it trails rivals in other areas
The Vauxhall Zafira Tourer gets high praise from owners and has top safety credentials, too