Vauxhall’s old Zafira VXR has to rate highly among the most loony family cars, cramming hot hatch power into an otherwise deeply uncool family wagon.
Now they’re at it again – only this time, you get 50 mpg economy into the bargain.
Vauxhall has furnished its Zafira Tourer seven-seater with a 2.0-litre, 195 PS twin-turbocharged diesel engine, more commonly found in the Astra – and as you might suspect, it’s become a rather potent machine
Flat out, a driver and his terrified family will be hurtling along at 135 mph, having recently reached 60 mph in a healthy 8.5 seconds.
The company says that makes it one of the fastest diesel-powered, seven-seat MPVs on the market, which seems a bit redundant – only the near-50,000 Mercedes-Benz R350L CDI is quicker, while Ford’s closest offering, the S-Max 2.2 TDCi, has similar performance but misses out on the Vauxhall’s 50.4 mpg figure.
In terms of bang per buck the BiTurbo also scores well, starting at 27,695. The engine is available in SE, SRi or Elite trim lines.
For that, you get seven seats with Vauxhall’s clever Flex7 seating system, with options including FlexRide adaptive chassis control, adaptive forward lighting, and a panoramic windscreen. Start-stop is also standard, helping boost economy in city driving.
Priced from: 27,685
On sale from: Order now, deliveries start in Spring
MPVs are vehicles of necessity rather than desire, but throw a near-200 horsepower diesel engine at a Zafira Tourer and we can’t imagine there’ll be too many complaints. Well, not from the driver, anyway – we can’t imagine the kids in the back will be having as much fun as dad chucks their sensible family car through the corners…
For more information, check out our full summary of the Zafira Tourer alongside reviews, stats, photos and videos.