Zafira Tourer Exclusiv 2.0 130PS ecoFLEX
new 7-seat Zafira Tourer
will appeal to customers who have
traditionally bought stylish upmarket
saloons and estates but who now
need more good-looking space for
NAME 'TOURER' usually denotes 'estate car'. But
not for Vauxhall's new Zafira Tourer this new Zafira defines
a larger, more stylish people carrier range.
The curvaceous new Tourer is longer, wider, better equipped, more stylish and
more expensive and wears a 'Tourer' badge to differentiate it from the
plainer, and older, Zafira which continues on sale but with a reduced model
line-up and less engine and trim options.
Putting a new Zafira Tourer on your drive (available from March 2012 but you
can order now) will cost between £21,000 and £28,465. It may take you a while
to decide which one there are thirty-one different models to pick from.
Reviewed here is the best-selling 128bhp (130PS) 2.0 turbodiesel Exclusiv version
with ecoFLEX start/stop. Officially it will return 62.8mpg in the Combined Cycle,
has low tailpipe emissions of 119g/km and costs £23,950.
engine choices are 1.4 turboed or 1.8-litre normally aspirated petrol engines,
both with 138bhp, and three 2.0-litre turbodiesels (108, 128 and 162bhp). For
an extra £1,000 you can have a six-speed automatic on the 1.4 turboed petrol
engine and also on the 162bhp diesel. Trim levels are ES, the best-selling Exclusiv,
the sporty SRi, SE and Elite.
People carriers are all
about clever packaging:
versatile seating and load
carrying, and lots of
storage. And the new
People carriers are all about clever packaging: versatile seating and load carrying,
and lots of storage. And the new Tourer obliges. It measures 4,658mm from nose
to tail almost 200mm longer than the standard Zafira. It's also marginally
wider and taller, too.
The seven-seater Zafira Tourer's boot space is minimal (enough for a bit of
shopping) if all three rows of seats are in use. However, fold the rearmost
pair of seats for a five-seat configuration and the boot space jumps to a very
accommodating 710 litres; go further and fold both the second and third rows
and you'll have a huge 1,860 litres to fill. In addition, there are numerous
storage compartments spread around the interior.
Conventional hinged side rear doors provide access to the second and third rows
of seats no sliding doors for this newcomer, which is a shame as today's
narrow parking spaces almost demand them. Getting to the rearmost row of seats
is not a problem although once there legroom is not so generous but headroom
should be okay for sub-six-footers.
aboard, the overall look and feel of the Tourer's cabin is noticeably a grade
or two up from the smaller Zafira. It's roomier, light and airy and has the
ambience of a large executive family car. There's even more versatility as well
as a high degree of luxury for driver and passengers, making it a particularly
good choice for families with older children or for those who want the refinement
and luxury of an executive car combined with generous load-carrying abilities.
Flex7 seating system is one the Tourer's key selling (and talking) points. Both
the Tourer's third row seats can be folded down flush with the floor of the
luggage compartment but whereas the ordinary Zafira makes do with a bench seat
for its middle row, the Tourer is fitted with three individual second row seats
that can individually slide length-wise by 210mm (100mm forwards; 110mm rearwards).
They also fold fully flat to create an even loadbay floor.
Vauxhalls Flex7 seating
system is one the
Tourers key selling
(and talking) points.
But while the ordinary
Zafira makes do
with a bench seat for
its middle row, the Tourer
is fitted with three
individual second row
seats with adjustable
better, their backrests can be reclined through four different positions. And
thanks to easy-to-reach loop handles, all coloured-coded for easy differentiation
(red to fold down; black to pull upright), the second row seat backs can be
fully folded in one simple movement without having to remove seat sections or
While on the subject of seats, the new Tourer will also offer a Lounge Seating
system. Standard on the top two trim levels, this provides second-row passengers
with the kind of seating space usually found in a large executive saloon.
Lounge Seating transforms the three second row seats into two comfortable seats
with plenty of extra legroom and shoulder space the outer seats slide
up to 280mm backwards (70mm more than in the standard version and a best-in-class
dimension) and then slide 50mm towards the centre of the cabin. A clever and
easy-to-operate folding / rotating mechanism then turns the back of the middle
seat into comfortable armrests for the passengers in the outer seats. Vauxhall/Opel
has filed for a patent for this system, which is unique in the industry.
But the Tourer's not all about rear passenger comfort. The front passenger and
driver will appreciate the large, comfortable, and very supportive front seats
that come with a good range of a fore and aft adjustment. The twin but slim
A-pillars and deep windscreen make it light and airy and, courtesy of the large
side windows and large door-mounted mirrors, the driver's visibility is further
well-considered touches include the optional foldable and space-saving luggage
compartment FlexCover this can be stored in the rear and creates a level
load floor and also protects the backs of the seats from dirt.
making this an extra cost option is a bit mean and it should really be fitted
as standard. Also, and first seen in the Meriva, Vauxhall's innovative FlexRail
centre console has been further enhanced to provide a modular three-level storage
But the Tourers not all
about rear passenger
passenger and driver will
appreciate the large,
comfortable, and very
supportive front seats
that come with a
good range of a fore and
for the Exclusiv trim and you'll get AirCon, power windows and door mirrors,
cruise control, on-board computer, ambient interior lighting, digital radio
and comprehensive sound system, six airbags, electronic stability control, front
fog lights, roof rails and 17-inch wheels.
There are numerous tempting extra-cost options available including an upgraded
SatNav with traffic alert (£855), front and rear parking sensors (£385), Bluetooth
(£220), and Vauxhall's FlexRide adjustable damping system (£790). FlexRide is
usually needed on most Vauxhall models fitted with larger than standard wheels
to smooth out the ride. That noted, on its standard 17-inch wheels the Tourer
coped pretty well without it on our poor road surfaces.
The electronic power steering has been tuned differently (from the European
settings) for the UK market. Its modified 'mapping' has reduced the strong self-centring
characteristic to better suit our winding roads, allowing for more road feel
to be dialled into the system with more speed related weight added to the steering
the faster the car is driven.
So far as handling, steering feedback and ride comfort goes, the new Zafira
Tourer in Exclusiv spec can't really be faulted it drives like a high
quality saloon or an estate with little body roll, it's very comfortable and
the handling is precise. Be warned, though, that should you specify the larger
18-inch wheels the ride does become choppy and fidgety and the FlexRide damping
system option box should be ticked.
most drivers the 130PS turbodiesel with the ecoFLEX start/stop function will
be the most sensible choice all its figures stack up for good fuel economy
and low taxes.
this unit will return 62.8mpg in the Combined Cycle my test drive, over
winding country lanes as well as busy A-roads, saw an impressive 50.9mpg. Still
way below the official figure, but pretty acceptable.
of the good reasons for choosing the ecoFLEX is because the tailpipe emissions
are really very low for this size of vehicle just 119g/km. This means
zero cost First Year road tax and then only £30 per year after that. Company
car drivers will also benefit due to the 13% BIK tax.
Officially, the 128bhp
ecoFLEX unit will return
62.8mpg in the Combined
Cycle my test drive,
over winding country
lanes as well as
busy A-roads, saw an
Maximum speed is 120mph with nought to 62mph in a competitive 10.6 seconds.
The 128bhp engine is pretty responsive although full use needs to be made of
the six-speed manual 'box at midrange speeds because both fifth and sixth are
most areas the Zafira Tourer is impressive: premium quality and style with classy
executive styling, light and airy interior, roomy and comfortable middle and
front row seating, a comfortable ride on 17-inch wheels, sure-footed handling,
good steering response and feedback, good fuel economy and low CO2 emissions
plus low road and company car taxes.
My only reservation is that it's not as roomy in the rearmost third row as larger
MPVs such as the Volkswagen Sharan or Ford S-Max. In fact, it's a bit like buying
off-the-peg clothes: size-wise the Tourer falls somewhere between medium and
large. But if it fits, go ahead and buy one! David Miles
Zafira Tourer Exclusiv 2.0 130PS ecoFLEX | £23,950
Maximum speed: 120mph | 0-62mph: 10.6 seconds | Overall test MPG: 50.9mpg
Power: 128bhp | Torque: 221lb ft | CO2 119g/km