Recommended. Keep to the bottom end of the range and you’ve got a good value flexible family workhorse.
If ever there was a no-frills family workhorse, the Vauxhall Zafira Tourer is surely it. It’s all about practicality, space, durability and flexibility. To that end, the Zafira Tourer does indeed come with plenty of space and flexible seating options.
There are seven seats, a number surpassed only by the number of trim levels available. So we have, wait for it, Design, Energy, SRi, SRi Nav, SE, Tech Line, Elite and Elite Nav. Design is entry level, of course, and all cars therefore get the IntelliLink system with 7in display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the connected OnStar system, as well as digital radio, cruise control, 17in alloys and front and rear parking sensors.
That’s pretty good for a base car that costs £18,615 – everything you need really for it to be that family car that does what you need it to. For that money you get the petrol choice of the engines available with the Tourer, a 1.4i 140PS turbo.
That’s the one we drove and, frankly, it lacked puff needed working hard. And, although combined MPG on paper is 41, we saw it drop as low as 30 as we delved deep for performance. CO2 is an average 160g/km.
Your other options are more torquey diesels – a 1.6 turbo with 134PS and 2.0 turbo with 170PS. They suit the Tourer much better if you are happy to pay the extra at purchase. And, with CO2 as low as 119g/km and combined MPG of 57-62, it makes more sense on a day-to-day basis as well.
The Tourer handles well for a big MPV, even if it feels a bit heavy at times, and the ride is a comfortable one. The interior does feel a little average, but it’s function over form – there are storage spots aplenty and everything is to hand.
Space in the back is good and, with the third row of seats down, there’s plenty of boot capacity. Bells and buttons on models up the scale include sat nav, a panoramic sunroof, heated seats and climate control.
But we’re not sure you really need that sort of thing. What we have here is an affordable practical mpv, a family workhorse with no frills, and base trim will do just fine. Go for that, and you have a good value alternative to the likes of the Ford S-Max, SEAT Alhambra, Citroen C4 Grnd Picassao and Volkswagen Sharan.
1. It’s a decent family mover.
2. The diesel is economical.
3. It seats seven.
We don't like:
1. The petrol is thirsty.
2. There’s not too much to excite here.
3. Nothing else.
Most fun: The diesel offers torquey power.
Most sensible: It also offers MPG in the high 50s.
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