Vauxhall Zafira Tourer MPV
Price £20,195 - £29,285
- 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 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.
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