Review

Vauxhall Zafira MPV

£19,250 - £25,625

Vauxhall Zafira MPV owner reviews

60%
 people would recommend this car to a friend
G Harvey from Leominster UK
5
5
I would recommend this car to a friend
Version 
1.6 VVT exclusiv
Year of registration 
2014
Average annual mileage 
5,000 – 9,999
Typical MPG 
42.00
Owned for 
Less than a year
Bought car 
New
Review 
In a sentence; although dated, it is far better quality throughout than expected, has surprised us with the ride comfort and quality and is absolutely outstanding value for under £10,000 new. Purchased new/first owner as a run-out model now the Zafira Tourer has replaced it, for £9970 (with 1.9% finance) in Power Red with cruise fitted for stalk/clutch switch part costs of £41, paid £46 for genuine rubber mats x6, plus £21 for safety pack to fit in boot lid off ebay. For a German (Bochum factory) built 7 seat people carrier with 5* NCAP safety, curtain airbags, ESP+ and a lifetime warranty it is unbeatable. Briefly: zero issues, creaks, quality issues or problems so better than expected, drives much better than expected, truly outstanding paint quality and external finish that shames Mercedes and BMW, quality Continental tyres, superb bassy stereo with steering wheel controls, good ventilation with lots of vents, excellent stalks and controls, RDS time-zone adjusting clock, logical controls and ergonomics throughout. On the road it is very quiet and pliant with Focus like cornering and immense brakes backed up with the EBA/ABS/ESP+ etc, so feels very secure to be in with kids; ours both love it. Returns 40ish mpg at 8p litre cheaper than diesel, £175pa tax. Minus: driver's seat needs more rearward travel, no curved/blindspot end on nearside mirror, manual rear door child locks seem old fashioned as cannot be over-ridden from driver's seat, hard front seats, high sills, 6/7th seats bit of a faff to put up as the other 5 need pulling forward first, no curtain or side airbags for seats 6/7, poor location of 12v socket under handbrake, 5th gear far too low (over 4,000 rpm at 80mph) and 1.6 unit needs lots of revs to overtake or tackle hills but does go when caned into VVT rev section, no MPG display on Exclusiv spec, tiny boot with all seats in use, no spare wheel (cost option), no headlight switch for UK-EU mode so nasty beam blocker stickers needed, back window always filthy due to shape of car, front lower lip spoiler easy to catch on poor lanes or city kerbs, seats 3/4/5 seatbelts holsters "flop" as opposed to rigid/fixed belt holsters in most new cars-the kids take ages to put belts on needing both hands to do so, feels dated now compared to new stuff, especially the lack of cubbies and storage-but at least it's tried and tested now after 9 years production and has no DPF like the diesel. All in all, we'd buy it again in a heartbeat, as for under 10k new nothing will touch it, especially with the lifetime warranty, it has well exceeded all of our expectations of it and is a better quality product than we imagined. We use as a five seater with a huge boot for 90% of the time and it really works as a car for all reasons - probably why we see about 8 of them per mile travelled!!! If you need a strong, safe family car and aren't doing over 12k per year so petrol works for you and plan to keep it for ages (you will get crucified on depreciation in first few years), these 1.6 run-out models are highly recommended while they last. As of April it seems most 1.6 115bhp are sold out and only 1.8 120bhp are left-these cost £100 more to tax for first year and £200 every year instead of £175, plus on the "real MPG" site are reported as mid 30s mpg being as opposed to 42mpg-but if they have a much higher 5th gear (not sure?) it would make me choose one. Since buying, two people we know have bought the same as us, same colour and love theirs too. We plan to keep the car for many years and use it locally as a second car (we have a school run/shopping hack) and for long haul regular European trips so depreciation is not a worry. I really wish it was branded as sexier Opel as has I have never liked the daft Vauxhall badge, branding or image at all and it is built as an Opel, in an Opel factory with Opel on the VIN plate and just looks ridiculous when in Europe. Cool Germanic lightning badge or mongy mythical creature with a flag badge? First new car we've had out of 9 new cars that has not needed to go back to dealer for any issues from new which is praise indeed as I am super fussy with creaks and quality issues. 10/10 so far (if I look past the badges!)
Reliability:
5
5
The only new car we have never had to return to the dealers with for any reason - it's German built and been in production for 9 years so they've ironed out the niggles by now. Chosen for this reason and the overall simplicity and lack of DPF etc. Modern DPF/FAP equipped diesels (especially in the Zafira) are not reliable on short journeys and their higher mpg is not worth the grief of long term ownership problems, hence our choice of a simple petrol. Still has a damned cam-belt to change though, moronically.
Performance:
4
4
Quiet and soothing at gentle speeds, but needs noisier high revs to release the power up-hill or on overtakes, especially when 7-up, 5th gear far too low which ruins Autobahn economy, but as a safe MPV for the family, performance is about right and keeps purchase price and potential component failure to a minimum (no turbo, no supercharger, no DPF etc to go wrong). It's very grippy and pliant to drive and when you're alone and not watching the MPG or kid's sick, it's quite fun on the back roads too, surprisingly.
Running costs:
5
5
42mpg, £175 tax, under £10k new, lifetime warranty for first owner. There's no cheaper 7 seater if you want to buy new, plan to do under 12k miles pa and keep it for years. Damage parts such as wheel trims (Vauxhall have the superb idea of making wheel trims an exact shape of the steel wheel so they look like alloys but cost £15 if you kerb one for a new trim), lights, bumpers are very cheap and readily available so minor supermarket damage is less costly too.
Martin Garside from Croydon
4
4
I would recommend this car to a friend
Version 
SRI150
Year of registration 
2006
Average annual mileage 
5,000 – 9,999
Typical MPG 
39.00
Owned for 
3 - 5 years
Bought car 
Used
Review 
This is the 150 bhp version with an auto box. It has plenty of poke especially if the sports mode is used. Has upset some german cars from the lights. It's a bit weird driving at 1st as the throttle is drive by wire and has a fraction of a second delay throttle response that takes some getting use to. The main problem with this car so far is the particle filter gets blocked if you don't drive it like you stole it once a month and/or use a cleaner it the fuel once every 4 tanks of fuel. Fuel consumption is not great I would have expected 40+ mpg but have never seen that even crusing at 55-60mph on the motorway. It's always around 35-39mpg what ever condition I drive in. Would have liked the fast clear wind screen that Ford have as the car mists up easily. Had the car from 8,000 miles now has 42,000 on the clock serviced at Vauxhall main dealer every 18 months as only do 6,000 a year and they are about the same as a good non-franchised dealer plus I get a discount as I belong to the service club. The bigest problem that was done under warrenty was the particle filter malfunctioned destroying the catalytic convertor. Apart from that just replaced the rear shocks (did that myself as easy job £40) as one was seeping. And replace front disc and pads myself with sloted and dimple type as old one worn out at 30k + for better wet braking. I will replace the rear discs early next year. Battery was replaced with a Bosch Gold a couple of years back.
Reliability:
4
4
Good if you do long journeys and/or use a particle filter cleaner or you will be in for expensive repairs
Performance:
5
5
Fast for a sub 2.0ltr diesel bus has supprised some german from the lights plus to end 130 plus indicated. Not bad from an automatic bus. Has lots on low down grunt form the diesel engine
Running costs:
2
2
Fuel consumption is low 35-39mpg does not matter how you drive the car can't get into the 40s Also for some reason possibly the auto box road tax is is £265pa. My brother in law has a Sigma on a manual box with the same engine and his is the band down firm this plus his mpg is much better in the mid 40s
Problems 
Engine
Suspension
John N. Stennett from Scottish Borders
1
1
I would recommend this car to a friend
Version 
1.9 cdti sport
Year of registration 
56
Average annual mileage 
More than 20,000
Typical MPG 
35.00
Owned for 
Less than a year
Bought car 
Used
Review 
These cars are absolute garbage. DPF constantly blocks. 2 in 8,000 miles. Gearboxes are particularly poor. Less than 100k and needs refurbished, found examples online of gearbox failures at less than 60k!!! How Vauxhall have managed to sell this vehicle is beyond me. The majority of people buy these vehicles for school runs and shopping. Shorter runs are no good, as you need to run it on the motorway or dual carriageway once a week at 70mph in 4th gear to burn off the soot in the DPF. Had a Zafira A before this, lovely car, good mpg, great runner no problem whatsoever. How does a smaller engine, with longer/more gears use MORE fuel????(35 mpg zafira B, 45ish zafira B) This car is not fit for purpose and vauxhall should be taken to court by fair trading for this vehicle! Given it one star because there isn't an option for zero stars
Reliability:
1
1
Had this vehicle for 9 weeks, it's spent 4 of them in the garage. Reliability? non existent!
Performance:
1
1
To be fair the performance is quite good, 150bhp, it shifts. I also own a Mazda 6 sport and this car puts it to shame, but because of all the other problems performance is a poor replacement for the troubles you will suffer.
Running costs:
1
1
Running costs/spares are reasonably cheap. But you will replace them so often you will wish you opted for something more expensive to fix, but doesn't break down as often!
Problems 
Engine
Gearbox / clutch
Other
Chris from Lincolnshire
3.7
3.7
I wouldn't recommend this car to a friend
Version 
1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual
Year of registration 
2008
Average annual mileage 
0 – 4,999
Typical MPG 
42.00
Owned for 
3 - 5 years
Bought car 
New
Review 
a number of electrical issues from brand new relating to the door locks and electrical centre. The door lock replacement led to water leaking into the car from the bottom of the door card due to the damage caused to the internal waterproof membrane. I had to tell the garage why it was leaking and what they needed to do to rectify it....which was rather shocking as it was done at the supplying franchised dealers workshop. This shows the loss of basic awareness of what the component parts of the car are there for. The leak recently re-appeared and when I stripped the door card off (car now out of warranty) I found that they had "fixed" the damage with some standard sellotape which had become dried out and lost its stickiness which was then allowing the water to leak inside again.
Reliability:
4
4
Performance:
4
4
Running costs:
3
3
I use the car mainly for towing my caravan, when doing this the fuel consumption is averaging only about 25 mpg, which gives about 300 miles on a full tank. When used solo the economy is reasonable.
Kristian from Maidstone
4
4
I would recommend this car to a friend
Version 
DESIGN, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Automatic
Year of registration 
2005
Average annual mileage 
5,000 – 9,999
Owned for 
Less than a year
Bought car 
Used
Review 
Having had a fairly early and tired model previously, we upgraded to a newer version, obviously funds dictate which one! We opted for an automatic version, some 5 years newer, and only 40,000 miles for a 5 year old car! We are pleased with the all round ability, but the spec from the old to the new has varied a little, but not on the thing we thought. The fuel bills have stayed about the same, the car tax has gone up, as the tax has changed to co2 content, but for the same engine size, i would like a center arm rest on an automatic mpv, i would like a bit more omphh for overtaking, i would like a device to cover the boot with the rear seats in the 'up' position, i would likeslightly better visabilty from the blind spots in the front to side glass?? Overall its a good car, but i would like visability better, and a load cover for half the boot!!
Reliability:
5
5
Performance:
2
2
Running costs:
4
4
Susan from Hartlepool
2.1
2.1
I wouldn't recommend this car to a friend
Version 
1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual
Year of registration 
2005
Average annual mileage 
10,000 – 14,999
Owned for 
Less than a year
Bought car 
Used
Review 
Since I bought it in May (having only had 1 previous owner and very low mileage) I have had to have the power steering fixed due to it leaking, the battery is always flat despite the car travelling long distances regularly and registering 14v when engine is running, fuel consumption is way too high, the car is very rattley, the interiors rattle whilst driving and the manufacturers code for the radio won't work!
Reliability:
2
2
Performance:
2
2
Running costs:
1
1
I only get around 50 miles per Ł10 I put into the car. The road tax is ridiculously high. i bought this car thinkin it would be more practical and cheaper to run as I have 3 children and am a mobile personal trainer and carry equipment with me (nothing heavy, not practical), just resistance bands, swiss balls, etc... This car costs way more than my old car which was an 06 Passatt Saloon model diesel 2.0 litre engine. Not what I expected.
r p from Essex
5
5
I would recommend this car to a friend
Version 
1.8 automatic
Year of registration 
2004
Average annual mileage 
10,000 – 14,999
Typical MPG 
50.00
Owned for 
2 - 3 years
Bought car 
Used
Review 
Excellent car great for driving whole family about in, auto gearbox is really good if you are in traffic. Sports mode is useful if you are in a hilly area or fully loaded comfortable on long journeys a great car only done 55k miles and still drives as brand new. Would recommend this type of car to anyone with a family or dogs or need space for luggage .
Reliability:
5
5
This car has never let me down in all weathers and road conditions including floods mega high winds, snow, ice.
Performance:
5
5
Good performance. Put your foot down and it's got the power. Sports mode is good if you are heavy or in a hurry
Running costs:
5
5
Yes there are cheaper cars to run but for the performance you get and the comfort still 10/10.
Stephen from St Saviour, Jersey, C.I.
4
4
I wouldn't recommend this car to a friend
Version 
1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual
Year of registration 
2008
Average annual mileage 
5,000 – 9,999
Typical MPG 
29.00
Owned for 
3 - 5 years
Bought car 
Used
Review 
We have had the car for just over 4 years and during that time we have not had one issue to affect the reliability. In fact, the only thing that has gone wrong was a blown main beam lamp at the start of December 2012. Very pleased with the reliability which matches the previous mark 1 Zafira we had.
Reliability:
5
5
Performance:
3
3
Running costs:
4
4
I find the general spare part costs are reasonable but the fuel costs are not very good. More to do with the the engine configuration for the size of the car and the type of driving we have to do (live in Jersey so all short stop/start journeys) plus even though under powered it could do with a longer ration or a 6th gear.
Janet from East Sussex
4
4
I wouldn't recommend this car to a friend
Version 
No idea, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual
Year of registration 
2005
Average annual mileage 
More than 20,000
Owned for 
1 - 2 years
Bought car 
Used
Review 
It's a great lump of a thing really - but i only passed my test this year at the ripe old age of 49, and it's the only car i've ever driven solo and it's never let me down! The clutch problem it had was down to me 'riding' the clutch after passing my test. I am grateful to it for being so reliable and for getting me used to something other than the small car used by my driving instructor. I've had to learn how to park properly as it isn't; easy to slide into a small space, but it is maneouverable and responsive. Overall, i would recommend this car.
Reliability:
5
5
Performance:
4
4
Running costs:
3
3
Problems 
Gearbox / clutch
anonymous
3
3
I wouldn't recommend this car to a friend
Version 
Life, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Paddleshift gears
Year of registration 
2008
Average annual mileage 
More than 20,000
Owned for 
1 - 2 years
Bought car 
New
Review 
It has one of those electric gearboxes,no clutch 5 auto move gear stick to the right and you get 5 manual. the auto is to clever will only change up from 3rd to 4th if it feel like it. when undertaking lateral parking, its nerve racking as after reversing it give a clonk when you select forward. also have to go lightly on the gas, a slow push down as it will shoot forward, been tested by the garage many times, this is when it becomes human, will only play up when you forget what it will do. daughter terms it as dangerious qwont drive it. Good>
Reliability:
4
4
Performance:
3
3
Running costs:
3
3
Problems 
Gearbox / clutch
Carol from Beds
4
4
I wouldn't recommend this car to a friend
Version 
Design, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual
Year of registration 
2009
Average annual mileage 
15,000 – 19,999
Owned for 
Less than a year
Bought car 
Used
Review 
Bought zafira in december and so far the seating position is ideal for long and short journeys. However the drivers seat has just development a rather loud squeak, which i am disappointed with as a previous astra design had the same problem, which was eventually solved but did take a few months, in the end a new driving seat was fitted. Will be taking the zafira back to the retailer to inform them and see what can be done. Apart from that i am pleased with the way the zafira handles and runs
Reliability:
4
4
Performance:
4
4
Running costs:
3
3
Peter from Chelmsford
3.6
3.6
I wouldn't recommend this car to a friend
Version 
1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual
Year of registration 
2006
Average annual mileage 
5,000 – 9,999
Typical MPG 
45.00
Owned for 
More than 5 years
Bought car 
New
Review 
An electrical fault, probably present from new was detected when the car was just over 3 years old. Following this, the turbo charger failed and required complete replacement. The total cost of the remedial works for these two faults was in the region of Ł3,000.
Reliability:
3
3
Performance:
4
4
Running costs:
3
3
Running costs are relatively high as the car is used for short journeys and the full benefit of using diesel oil is never really achieved. In addition, the spiralling cost of fuel adds to the running costs.
Victoria Lock from Surrey
3
3
I would recommend this car to a friend
Version 
1.9 TDi Sri
Year of registration 
2007
Average annual mileage 
5,000 – 9,999
Typical MPG 
35.00
Owned for 
Less than a year
Bought car 
Used
Review 
Nice car with constant niggling faults which, it would seem, are 'incredibly' difficult to diagnose e.g. Temperature light flashing on/off, breakdown service unable to find problem as no faults showing.....garage unable to find problem as no fault showing.... and this is not the first difficulty by any means. I find the whole thing very hard to take. Otherwise it is good to drive, comfortable and versatile. I would NOT buy another one.
Problems 
Brakes
Electrics
Other
Mario from Huddersfield
4
4
I would recommend this car to a friend
Version 
club, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual
Year of registration 
2002
Average annual mileage 
More than 20,000
Owned for 
More than 5 years
Bought car 
Used
Review 
This is a spacious, comfortable, relatively cheap and very reliable car. For the annual mileage i do i can not complain about the few repairs it has had to undergo. The mileage is quite good too: 55+mpg. I cannot afford to buy another car due to the economic situation and will have to rely on this one for another couple of years, but think that i might replace it with the next zafira, provided it will be affordable for my family.
Reliability:
5
5
Performance:
4
4
Running costs:
4
4
Problems 
Electrics
Engine
Brakes
Robert from Cumbria
4.5
4.5
I would recommend this car to a friend
Version 
1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual
Year of registration 
2011
Average annual mileage 
0 – 4,999
Typical MPG 
30.00
Owned for 
1 - 2 years
Bought car 
New
Review 
I am blind and therefore need to use the computer with the aid of specialized software, but hey look at the abilities NOT the disabilities, My car is driven for me by my carer (being blind I can't get insurance) who has NEVER complained about it however I personally have run the battery flat on 1 occasion by listening to the radio for a long time whilst stationary.
Reliability:
5
5
Performance:
4
4
Running costs:
4
4
Fuel is our only cost Motorbility take care of the rest.
MICHAEL from BERKSHIRE
4.2
4.2
I would recommend this car to a friend
Version 
1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual
Year of registration 
2007
Average annual mileage 
More than 20,000
Typical MPG 
35.00
Owned for 
3 - 5 years
Bought car 
Used
Review 
Over the 80000 miles I have owned the car it has never broken down always started first time and the engine has never skipped a beat.
Reliability:
5
5
Performance:
3
3
Running costs:
5
5
I bought the car for Ł7000 so even if I write the entire cost off now that works out at less than 10p a mile in depreciation. Vauxhall run a fixed price servicing scheme for vauxhalls over three years old.. I have acheived 10p a mile petrol costs driving carefully on A roads
David from Bolton
3.9
3.9
I wouldn't recommend this car to a friend
Version 
1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual
Year of registration 
2008
Average annual mileage 
10,000 – 14,999
Typical MPG 
37.00
Owned for 
3 - 5 years
Bought car 
Used
Review 
I have had no problems with the vehicle apart from uneven wear on the rear tyres. this seesm to be a problem associated with this vehicle, "possibly" dependant upon the make of tyres fitted
Reliability:
4
4
Performance:
4
4
Running costs:
4
4
Apart from wear and tear, I have had no major expence apart from tyres. I am a bit disappointed with the fuel comsumption around town, but i may be making an unfair comparison with my previous vehicle.
Anthony from Esssex
4
4
I wouldn't recommend this car to a friend
Version 
Design, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual
Year of registration 
2005
Average annual mileage 
10,000 – 14,999
Owned for 
More than 5 years
Bought car 
New
Review 
A brilliant car let down by attrocious reliability. Handles better than it should for an mpv and is quick and versatile. However, turbo has blown, i am on my 3rd dual mass flywheel at 65,000 miles. Also had problems with exhaust system, both dpf and egr valve being replaced, not to mention the air con condensor & alternator. If only it had a different engine it would be a great car.
Reliability:
1
1
Performance:
5
5
Running costs:
3
3
Problems 
Engine
Gearbox / clutch
Ian from Milton Keynes
4
4
I wouldn't recommend this car to a friend
Version 
CLUB, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual
Year of registration 
2005
Average annual mileage 
10,000 – 14,999
Owned for 
1 - 2 years
Bought car 
Used
Review 
A decent car that copes with everything thrown at it, yes even off roading! A little lacklustre when pushed through the gears or pulling away when loaded means slightly higher fuel bills, but still cheaper than running two cars. A niggling rear door electrical fault was fixed after a year but i did it myself and its fine. Other than a replaced ball joint no other faults.
Reliability:
4
4
Performance:
2
2
Running costs:
3
3
Problems 
Electrics
Suspension
Geoff Woodland from Bristol
1
1
I wouldn't recommend this car to a friend
Year of registration 
2007
Average annual mileage 
5,000 – 9,999
Typical MPG 
50.00
Owned for 
More than 5 years
Bought car 
Used
Review 
Nightmare! Purchased this car from Drive Vauxhall in Bristol 2008 for £8,500. Regular service by Vaxhall . there was only 56,000 on clock then problems changing gear . Left with Vauxhall Filton who told me £4,000 to fix. Clutch gone and gear box plus slave cylinder.. Heartbroken.. Feel very let down by Drive Vauxhall whom I had trusted had sold me a decent car.
Problems 
Gearbox / clutch

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