In the 21st century's second decade, one car dominated the volume part of the segment for seven-seat MPVs and it was this one, Vauxhall's Zafira Tourer. Originally launched in 2012, this model was always sensibly priced and practically configured but in its earliest form, really needed a more modern driving environment with updated media connectivity. This revised version, launched in 2016, aimed to deliver exactly that.
It competed in the sector that buyers most commonly turn to in this country when they're looking for seven-seat family transport - that for mid-sized People Carriers. You can see why this segment is so popular. Most people don't want a really large Galaxy-sized MPV because they only use the third seating row occasionally. Nor are they very much attracted by the idea of seven seats in some sort of converted van. And an SUV with seven seats inside is pricier to run and to buy, plus it's likely to feature practical compromises.
It all means that if you're looking for family transport with three rows of seats inside, then this is the kind of car you'll probably have your eye on if you're looking for a mid-sized MPV from this era. This Vauxhall was one of the five major players in this segment in the 2016 to 2018 period, the others being Renault's Grand Scenic, Citroen Grand C4 Picasso, Ford's Grand C-MAX and Volkswagen's Touran. By 2016, all of these rivals had been either completely re-designed or substantially revised since the Zafira Tourer was first launched, hence the need for this improved version.
If you know the earlier version of this model, you'll note the smarter looks. If you don't, your seller is going to want to show you the uniquely clever interior storage and seating options it can offer. Either way, they'll want to tell you about what for us would be a major selling point, Vauxhall's clever 'OnStar' personal connectivity and service assistant set-up. This car was quietly discontinued in late 2018, after Vauxhall's takeover by the French PSA Group.