Vauxhall Zafira Tourer MPV

Price  £17,710 - £28,275

Vauxhall Zafira Tourer MPV

reviewed by Carbuyer

  • Decent to drive
  • Good safety rating
  • Flexible, spacious interior
  • Most rivals have more standard equipment
  • Only two second-row seats have ISOFIX
  • In-cabin storage could be cleverer

At a glance

The greenest
SE 1.6CDTi 136PS S/S ecoFLEX 5dr £25,475
The cheapest
Design 1.4i 140PS Turbo 5dr £17,710
The fastest
SE 1.6CDTi 136PS S/S ecoFLEX 5dr £25,475
Top of the range
ELITE 2.0CDTi 170PS auto 5dr £28,275

“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 more useful and snazzier-looking version of Vauxhall's original Zafira; unusually, the latter remains part of the model range. The Tourer, however, looks more up-to-date, with its sleeker lines and distinctive arrow-shaped front lights. Its cabin is also more flexible and it includes much better engines in its line-up.

Like similarly sized rivals such as the Peugeot 5008, Citroen Grand C4 Picasso or Renault Grand Scenic, the Zafira Tourer has three individual second-row seats that each slide and easily fold flat as required. The two third-row seats are small, but they’re okay for kids or small adults on short journeys. If you’re regularly going to be carrying grown-ups in the very back, however, consider bigger seven-seaters such as the Ford Galaxy or Seat Alhambra.

The Vauxhall Zafira Tourer isn’t as much fun to drive as the Ford S-MAX, but it's still good, with generally forgiving suspension and reassuring handling; it doesn’t lean much in bends, either, which is good news for those in the back.

The 163bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine gives the best balance of power and fuel economy, especially if you’re regularly going to be carrying six passengers or travelling on the motorway. The 1.6-litre diesel isn’t as strong, but it's smooth and very efficient, returning 68.9mpg and emitting just 109g/km of CO2. Town drivers are unlikely to see the benefit of paying more for a diesel car: avoid the gutless 138bhp 1.8-litre petrol engine and go for the livelier, turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol instead.

There are six trim levels on offer. Exclusiv cars are well equipped for the money, including all-round electric windows, front and rear parking sensors and a DAB digital radio. You can get sat nav and Bluetooth for less money with the Tech Line, or pay more for the numerous extra features of SE.

MPG, running costs & CO2

3 / 5

Diesel engines are cheap to run, particularly the ecoFLEX versions

Engines, drive & performance

2.5 / 5

The Vauxhall Zafira Tourer is good to drive and be driven in, and there’s an engine to suit every priority

Interior & comfort

3.2 / 5

It has an appealing cockpit for the driver, but the Vauxhall Zafira Tourer lags behind several rivals for standard equipment

Practicality & boot space

3.7 / 5

Seats that fold completely flat in seconds are the main selling point of the Vauxhall Zafira Tourer, but it trails rivals in other areas

Reliability & safety

3.4 / 5

The Vauxhall Zafira Tourer gets high praise from owners and has top safety credentials, too

What the others say

3.2 / 5
based on 3 reviews
3 / 5
“The big buttons on the centre stack are easy to use, while the switchgear is well damped and feels sturdy. And while the cheap plastic steering rim ruins the premium feel, Tech Line models get sat-nav and classy ambient lighting.”
7 / 10
“The Zafira Tourer is an able machine that's very classy inside and out, but it's not cheap. Good job the old one's still around.” 
3 / 5
“The Vauxhall Zafira Tourer is a decent MPV, but the best rivals are easier to live with, because they’re more practical and refined.” 
What owners say 
4.3 /5 based on 33 reviews
 of people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated 
19 Dec 2014
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