The Zafira Tourer got a mild facelift mid-2016 that changed the styling in the front to match the new Astra and also updated the interior with newer tech.
Inside, the facelifted Zafira is a welcome improvement over the old model with its simplified controls and soft-touch materials. An eight-inch touchscreen takes centre stage, with Vauxhall’s OnStar system coming as standard, and featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as desirable options. Thanks to versatile seating the Zafira is very practical – there are several ways to rearrange the rear seats if you want more luggage or passenger space.
After a short drive you’d be surprised by the lively steering, limited body roll and grip of the Zafira Tourer – it’s more fun to drive than most MPVs. The optional adaptive dampers that Vauxhall calls ‘FlexRide’ constantly adjust the chassis to the driving situation or driver preferences via selectable driving modes.
The Zafira Tourer was the first Vauxhall to get the new aluminium 1.6-litre Whisper diesel and it immediately became the most frugal and quietest engine in the line-up. The 2.0-litre diesel, on the other hand, is quite industrial in its operation but has more pulling power – useful if you’re often carting around five people or lots of luggage.
Trim levels are generous – all cars getting air conditioning, cruise control, DAB digital radio and a multi-functional steering wheel, but top-spec cars can cost a lot of money.
The Zafira may not be a first choice for anyone but this latest model is pretty enjoyable to drive and quite frugal too
The Zafira Tourer should definitely be on your shopping list if you’re in the market for a good-looking MPV that drives well. The interior is pleasant, the Flex7 seating option is a bonus for families and trips to the dump, the level of refinement and frugality is also commendable.
It might not be as driver-oriented as the Ford S-Max, but handles well for its size and scores high on safety too. It’s a sensible MPV choice.