Zafira Tourer Elite Nav 2.0 CDTi 170PS
in a name? Everything if it
happens to be Zafira,
As proven by Vauxhalls
seven-seater people carrier
that outsells the competition
like no other multi-seater...
FRESH FROM A RECENT FACELIFT, the Zafira Tourer presents an attractive façade
to the world fronted by a new grille flanked by new headlamp clusters with precisely-chiselled
'double wing' daytime running lights, and long flanks punctuated by neatly defined
wheelarches underscored by sculpted 'blade' crease lines.
Zafira Tourer customers can choose from eight trim levels to pair with any of
three powerplants: a petrol-drinking 138bhp 1.4i Turbo; a 132bhp 1.6 CDTi 'Whisper'
diesel; or, as tested here, a 167bhp (170PS) 2.0 CDTi diesel that can be had
with either a manual or an automatic transmission.
If you demand a WOW from your car's cabin then the Zafira Tourer delivers
its panoramic windscreen stretches from the base of the fascia almost to the
B-pillar and is an eye-opening feature that will most definitely broaden your
horizons. And if all that sunshine ever gets too much you can easily switch
back to standard windscreen mode by pulling the full-width screen header section
forward and down.
the record, the huge windscreen is made of heat absorbing glass so no fear of
you 'cooking' while enjoying the far-reaching views on high summer days. Which
is good news because the 'light fantastic' doesn't end there flowing
directly from the top of the panoramic screen is a panoramic sunroof that runs
all the way back to the rear cabin.
you demand a WOW
from your cars cabin
then the Zafira Tourer
delivers its panoramic
from the base of the
fascia to up well past the
A-pillar and is an eye-
opening feature that will
most definitely broaden
The Tourer's A-pillars are each defined by two slim bars framing large quarterlights
that optimise front three-quarter vision for the driver and make accurately
placing the Tourer a no-brainer.
The rest of the roomy interior is smartly designed and detailed with metallic
highlights and there's a plush, well-tailored air to it all.
The leather seats are as comfortable as they look as indeed they should
be, being ergonomically-certified AGR sport seats. In addition to being exceedingly
supportive in all the right places they also benefit from extendable seat cushions,
tilt adjustment, four-way power lumbar and three-stage heating (if you like
plenty of adjustability, the driver's seat gives it to you it adjusts
16 ways!). Generous headroom can also be taken for granted.
Measuring close to 4.7 metres nose-to-tail, this latest version gains a longer
wheelbase and wider tracks, freeing up more inner space for as many as six passengers
plus the driver. Tourer watchwords are 'versatility' and 'flexibility', which
together have made the people carrying Zafira range an evergreen hit with customers.
From behind the nice-to-grip multifunction wheel it's all good news: the interior
makeover is a visual and ergonomic success and the new central infotainment
display has eliminated a host of buttons and switches whose functions are now
operated via the touchscreen, which is intuitively straightforward to use. The
new instrument panel ensures everything is easily seen from the commanding driving
position with a no-nonsense driver's display between the main dials that, along
with all the trip essentials, also shows your road speed in large digital figures.
Connectivity is another done deal thanks to the latest generation Vauxhall IntelliLink
software with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility for your smartphone,
as well as a WiFi hotspot which enables up to seven devices to be connected.
Vauxhall OnStar a fully-manned, personal assistance service guarantees
that a special adviser is only ever a button-press away and, amongst many other
things, it will, in the event of a crash, automatically send out an SOS.
is as hassle-free as it should be these days, with 3D mapping, sharply defined
road names, full postcode destination input, and clearly spoken directions
you'll never get lost in a Zafira!
Torque is all you need!
And the 167bhp
2.0 CDTi has a nice fat
295lb ft wedge of it that
kicks in low down
like it means business
and stays with you
through the mid-range
to make short work
of both town traffic and
quick A- and B-roads...
Music fans will enjoy hearing their sounds played through the six-speaker stereo
with 20-watts-per-channel output. There's also Bluetooth connectivity, a DAB
radio, MP3 capability, and a USB connector with iPod control. If you want to
push the boat out you can specify the optional Infinity Premium Sound System
with a 315-watt stereo that comes with a hill of speakers (midrange, tweeters,
wide-bands, plus three subwoofers).
On a more practical note, between the front seats is a multi-functional FlexRail
console system. This nifty, multi-level storage feature includes a voluminous
bin with a roll- top style lid, individual cupholders (two sizes), and a central
armrest with a storage box below simply slide any level's features to
whatever position suits you best. And although we didn't count them, we'd be
happy to take Vauxhall's word for the fact that there are more than thirty various
cubbies, trays, bins and drinks holders (many lined so no annoying clinks and
rattles en route). Particularly good for valuables is the well concealed hidey-hole
built into the base of the front passenger seat.
In addition to kit already mentioned there's plenty more including dual-zone
climate control, ambient roof lighting, dark-tinted rear windows, power front
and rear windows, electrically-adjustable & heated door mirrors, cruise
control with speed limiter, panoramic sunroof, front and rear parking sensors,
electric parking brake (with a foolproof 'drive-through' feature for hassle-free
getaways), automatic lights and wipes, an Electronic Stability Programme, tyre
pressure monitoring, height-adjustable front seatbelts, LED daytime running
lights, and a set of 18-inch alloys.
The Flex7 seating system does exactly what Vauxhall claims provides über-easy,
max-flex accommodation. Passengers planning to travel in the second row can,
if they number two or less, maximise their comfort by customising their seats
using the clever 'Lounge' setting.
'Lounge' mode the three individual middle row seats can quickly be converted
into two Captain's chairs: fold down the centre seat's backrest then simply
press a button and the seatback, complete with side bolstering, folds upwards
like a butterfly's wings to form a long, comfy inner armrest for each outer
even more personal space the Captain's chairs can be slid further back and inwards
towards the centre of the car to create generous leg, shoulder, and elbow room
for some seriously indulged lounging.
the three individual
middle row seats can
quickly be converted into
two Captains chairs
which can be slid further
back and inwards
towards the centre of the
car to create generous
leg, shoulder, and elbow
room for some seriously
Alternatively, when in their standard three-abreast format, each of the seats
can be individually slid forwards or backwards to customise legroom, and tilted
for access to the third row seats.
Another 'plus': they're also set high enough off the floor to ensure decent
lower leg comfort on long journeys and eliminate 'are we there yet' comments
from passengers of all ages. Parents will be glad to know that ISOFIX mounting
points for child seats are standard-fit on the outer second row seats.
Adding to the rear cabin's pleasant ambiance is a panoramic sunroof that flows
directly out of the windscreen and stretches to the rear of the vehicle; combined
with the glasshouse's deep side windows that extend almost all the way back
to the tailgate and truly panoramic front screen and with its one-shot
'blackout' sunblind powered fully back views from any of the five rear
seats are pretty dramatic.
The seven-seater Tourer's boot, while housing a pair of individual, fold-out-from-the-floor,
third-row chairs with decent legroom that are just the thing for a brace of
youngsters, provides 710 litres for luggage when loaded to the glass line (the
parcel shelf conveniently stows away beneath the floor should you need to load
to the roof). With all seven seats in use there's still 152 litres for squashy
Should you ever need to go into 'cargo' mode, dropping all five rear seats opens
up a cavernous 1,860-litre loadbay with a seamless floor that sits level with
the bumper (so no awkward lip to load over). Loading and unloading is made even
easier because the tailgate self-lifts almost as soon as it's cracked open.
And for what won't, or can't, go inside, there's always towing and the
2.0 CDTi's 1,650kg braked limit will be more than adequate for most users.
if it's bikes you need to transport, well then you've come to the right place
because the Zafira's Flex-Fix rear-end carrier system offers a practical and
easy-to-use solution for cyclistas the integrated carrier slides out
of the rear bumper and can carry up to four bikes; better still, it can be tilted
even when fully loaded so the tailgate can still be opened.
Love Torque is all you need! And the 167bhp (170PS) 2.0 CDTi has a nice
fat 295lb ft wedge of it that kicks in low down like it means business and stays
with you through the midrange to make short work of both town traffic and quick
A- and Broads
its bikes you need
to transport, well then
youve come to the right
place because the
Zafiras Flex-Fix rear-end
carrier system offers
a practical and
the integrated carrier
slides out of the rear
bumper and can carry up
to four bikes;
better still, it can be
tilted even when fully
loaded so the tailgate
can still be opened...
The turbodiesel's strong-hearted 'go' makes it the swiftest Tourer of the Zafira
pack; top speed is 129mph and will hit 60mph from standstill in a crisp 9.1
seconds. Better still, it's generally pleasantly refined and quiet at speed.
It won't take you long to spot the two buttons Sport Mode and Tour Mode
either side of the red-triangle hazard warning switch set in a strip
along the top of the infotainment screen.
And you won't need to refer to the handbook to confirm that they trigger driving
characteristics that will enhance your driving pleasure: Sport sharpens up the
whole experience; Tour smoothes it all out. We enjoyed driving in both modes
and our passengers especially enjoyed the supple touring mode.
While officially the 2.0 CDTi's Combined Cycle consumption figure is 54.3mpg
(with 137g/km), manual gearbox models are fitted with auto stop-start technology
to boost economy it's unobtrusive in operation but it can easily be switched
off using the 'Eco' button. Our pretty hard driven test car recorded an overall
average of 42.9mpg; good enough but a little less pedal-to-the-metal should
see most owners bettering that.
The Tourer also puts in a good showing when it comes not just to straight line
speed but providing driving enjoyment while delivering on family duties. For
a start the accurate steering is well weighted and reacts quickly to the leather-wrapped
helm; body lean is reassuringly controlled (noticeably so through the twisty
bits); and it grips well and has enough verve to make decent use of the turbodiesel's
But the good news doesn't end there because the suspension serves up not just
agreeable handling but also a pleasant ride, and that's undoubtedly down to
the optional FlexRide chassis that was fitted to our test car. A word to the
wise: instead of going for an automatic, go for the driver-orientated manual
and tick the FlexRide box you'll ride better and still be quids in!
Flexibility, as well as spaciousness and practicality, make the Tourer a first
choice for anyone with a need for a convincing carryall that also provides comfortable
long-distance travel. Factor in a ride and performance mix that will satisfy
both driver and passengers and it's no surprise that the Zafira more than lives
up to its 'successful' name. ~ MotorBar
Vauxhall Zafira Tourer Elite Nav 2.0 CDTi 170PS Start/Stop
Maximum speed: 129mph | 0-60mph: 9.1 seconds | Test Average: 42.9mpg
Power: 167bhp | Torque: 295lb ft | CO2: 137g/km