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First drive: Vauxhall Zafira Tourer 2.0 CDTi 165 SE

Vauxhall
BIK List Price
£25,745
Vauxhall Zafira BIK list price
BIK Percentage
20%
Vauxhall Zafira BIK Percent
CO2
137g/km
Vauxhall Zafira CO2
Combined MPG
54.3
Vauxhall Zafira MPG

Review

The Zafira has been one of Vauxhall’s most successful models to date. The original in 1999 demonstrated you could not only carry up to seven people in a car the same size as a family hatchback, you didn’t have to lug heavy seats out of the car to create space for luggage.

The second-generation model in 2005 improved on the formula with better quality, more powerful and efficient engines, and more responsive handling.

The Zafira Tourer – the third-generation model – will actually sell alongside the second-generation model. But with prices now starting at £21,000 for the Tourer, it’s easy to see why Vauxhall wants to have a presence in the sub-£20,000 seven-seater market.

The Tourer marches upmarket with plush materials inside, along with a range of sophisticated features. All versions have extra equipment as standard over the outgoing versions of the Zafira and they come with a new engine line-up.

The Zafira Tourer will be offered with three versions of a 2.0-litre diesel engine also found in the Astra and Insignia. The entry level version produces 110bhp, while a low CO2 Ecoflex develops 130bhp. However, the range-topping 165bhp variants were the only ones available for us to test.

As well as being more powerful than previous diesel versions of the Zafira, Vauxhall has also worked to ensure the car has the level of refinement befitting its new upmarket price tag. Noise from the diesel engine is muted – perhaps the quietest to date for this application of the engine also used by Fiat, Alfa Romeo and Saab – and there is little intrusion from other sound at modest speeds.

It’s a fine drive too, with responsive steering and predictable handling. Apart from the excellent visibility from the high driving position, you’d be hard pressed to tell you were behind the wheel of a seven-seater.

The Zafira Tourer has also been designed with slim twin A-pillars, much like the Renault Espace, which improves visibility significantly over most other modern cars.

The second row seats are more flexible than before, with a 40:20:40 split with the centre seat able to double as an armrest on some versions while the outer seats can be slid back to offer limousine-like leg-room.

Medium-spec versions and higher come with a ‘FlexRail’, similar to that in the Vauxhall Meriva, which can slide fore and aft between the front seats, as well as conceal one of 30 storage compartments.

The Zafira has always been one of the cleverest people carriers around, and the Zafira Tourer is no exception.

Fuel costs
The Zafira Tourer is a much more fuel-efficient vehicle than it's predecessor, and even this 165bhp version is capable of more than 50mpg. Ecoflex versions are more frugal, however.
CO2 emissions
The Zafira Tourer is highly competitive on CO2 given the engine power and performance, but customers wanting to minimise their tax liability would be better served choosing thr 130bhp Ecoflex variant.
Residual values
Cars that sell in such high volume as Vauxhalls, and with discounts and support readily available on the big deals, the residual values percentage is always going to look a bit scary compared with the list price of the vehicle. However, there will be an improvement over the second-generation model.
Running costs
Should be an improvement over the previous Zafira, in part due to the use of stop-start technology and a more efficient engine line-up.
Driver appeal
Easily the Zafira's best feature, quality is excellent, the car is refined and comfortable, and is a versatile and practical vehicle. Visibility is good and the car is fun to drive.
FN Verdict
The Zafira Tourer is one of the most impressive Vauxhall products in many years. Competitive on costs, and a class leader when it comes to the important things that make people decide to choose a people carrier. Consider some of the nice options available, that some rivals don't even offer, and the Zafira seems a very attractive package.
Top Speed
129mph
Vauxhall Zafira Top Speed
VED band
N/A
Vauxhall Zafira Ved
Fuel Type
Diesel
Vauxhall Zafira Fuel Type
Residual Value
3 Year 60k : £7,625
4 Year 80k : £5,475
Running Cost (ppm)
3 Year 60k : 45.72
4 Year 80k : 41.29

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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