The Zafira takes corners with limited body roll while remaining cosseting on the motorway – a great balance of abilities
Much like the seating possibilities, the Vauxhall Zafira Tourer comes with a good number of powertrain options. There’s a lot to choose from: petrol and diesel engines, automatic and manual gearboxes, and there’s also a start-stop function to aid fuel economy.
Vauxhall has ditched the asthmatic non-turbocharged 1.8-litre petrol that was at the bottom of the line-up and for a good reason – without the help of a turbocharger it used too much fuel and was slow.
The new 1.4-litre turbo petrol, on the other hand, is much better on fuel achieving a claimed combined fuel economy figure of 42mpg and providing the Zafira Tourer with lively performance, along with 154g/km of CO2
The 1.4-litre turbo petrol is perfectly suited for the school run, but for anything else, the diesels make more sense
Among the diesels, it’s a toss up between the new aluminium 1.6-litre or the 163hp 2.0-litre, the latter has more power, of course. There’s also a more powerful bi-turbo diesel which offers 192hp but loses out on fuel economy, offering about 51mpg.
The 1.6-litre is the cheapest to run with a fuel economy of 68.9mpg and CO2 emissions of 109g/km. The larger engines are inevitably less fuel efficient.
Despite its size the Zafira Tourer’s handing is certainly impressive, with driving pleasure almost at Ford S-Max levels.
The ride, on the other hand, is more of a mixed bag. There’s no doubting the Zafira’s stability, and it deals with bigger bumps well, but its pothole-absorbing capabilities could be better.
There are optional adaptive dampers that are well worth the premium and are highly recommended.