2017 Vauxhall Zafira Tourer: prices, specs & release date

Refreshed Vauxhall Zafira Tourer MPV goes on sale in October

Prices and specifications of the new Vauxhall Zafira Tourer have been revealed, less than a month after the car was first unveiled in May. The new car gets a revised look, as well as more standard equipment and more advanced technology.

It goes up against the recently revised Citroen C4 Picasso, as well as the likes of the new Renault Grand Scenic, the Volkswagen Touran and the Ford C-Max. Prices for the revised Vauxhall Zafira Tourer start at £18,615 for an entry-level Design model, which rises to £29,580 for the diesel automatic Elite Nav version.

New Vauxhall Zafira Tourer design

Like much of the rest of Vauxhall’s range, the new Zafira Tourer has taken much of its design inspiration from the new Vauxhall Astra that was launched earlier this year. It uses similar headlights and the same ‘double wing’ daytime running lights as seen on the Astra.

There’s also a new chrome line that extends out of each front light cluster, meeting just underneath the griffin badge on the front grille, as well as more muscular-looking wheel arches. These changes give the impression that the new Zafira Tourer is wider and lower than before, giving it a more domineering stance. Not much has changed round the back, however, which has been carried over almost in its entirety.

Mark Adams, Vauxhall’s vice president of design, said of the new car: “The front of the new Vauxhall Zafira Tourer takes the characteristics of the award-winning Astra and anchors it in Vauxhall’s new portfolio.”

Interior and equipment

Inside, there have been significant changes, too, with an entirely new dashboard and an infotainment screen that’s housed within the dash rather than awkwardly perched on top of it. Adams said the interior is now “purer, clearer and easier to use”.

That’s certainly true of the dashboard, which no longer has the bewildering array of buttons its predecessor did; most functions are now controlled using the screen and the latest generation of Vauxhall’s IntelliLink infotainment system. It’s compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and comes with Vauxhall’s OnStar ‘concierge’ system that can call the emergency services automatically, download sat-nav destinations and even includes a 4G wi-fi hotspot.

A variety of front-facing cameras, radars and sensors, housed in the rear-view mirror casing, allow the incorporation of new safety kit to the Zafira Tourer. This includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision alert and lane departure warning, all of which should help the new Vauxhall gain a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating.

There are eight trim levels to choose from – Design, Energy, SE, SRi, SRi Nav, Tech Line, Elite and Elite Nav. All models get the aforementioned OnStar service, alongside the latest version of the Vauxhall’s Intellilink infotainment system. DAB radio, adaptive LED headlights, cruise control, LED daytime running lights, alloy wheels, as well as parking sensors at the front and back are standard on entry-level models.

At the other end of the scale, cars in Elite Nav trim get 18-inch alloys, heated leather front seats, a panoramic sunroof and, as the name suggests, satellite navigation is included, too. These versions also come with tinted rear windows, climate control and front fog lights.

Practicality

This is, of course, vital for MPVs and this latest Zafira is no different from its predecessor in this respect. The innovative Flex-7 seating system and clever Flex-Fix bicycle carrier remain, as does the 710-litre boot capacity (with five seats in place). That increases to 1,860 litres if you drop the second-row seats flat to the floor, too. This means there’s more space back there than in major rivals like the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso and Ford C-MAX.

Running costs & engines

Just the two engines will be available – a 138bhp turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol engine and a 168bhp 2.0-litre diesel. Both can be had with either a six-speed manual gearbox, or in automatic spec. Manual versions come with a stop-start system to help with fuel economy and emissions, meaning that the most efficient version is the manual 2.0-litre diesel. This offers up to 57.7mpg, while CO2 emissions stand at 129g/km, resulting in a £110 annual tax bill.

Price & on sale date

Prices for the Vauxhall Zafira Tourer start at £18,615 for a petrol, manual car in Design trim. At the other end of the scale, this can rise to £29,580 for the 168bhp 2.0-litre diesel equipped with the automatic gearbox in Elite Nav trim. Orders for the new Zafira Tourer can be placed now, with first deliveries beginning in October 2016.

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