What's more, the Tourer is more family-friendly than previous Zafiras because Vauxhall has swapped its one-piece second-row bench for three seats that slide back and forth independently. This arrangement – which is found in most rivals – allows each occupant to set his or her own legroom, and means you don't have to completely empty the middle row to let someone out of the rear.
Large, wide-opening doors give decent access, too, although sliding rear doors, such as the ones fitted to the Alhambra and Volkswagen Sharan, would have made it easier to load and unload children in tight spaces.
To get to the third row, you pull a catch on either of the outer second-row seats and they then tilt and slide forward, leaving a large gap to climb through.
Even with seven people on board, the boot is big enough for a few bags of shopping. It's also much easier to fold away the rear seats than it was in previous Zafiras; you just fold the backrests down onto the bases. No longer do you have to slide the middle row seats forward first.
The second-row seats also fold down easily, but when folded they leave a gap in the extended load floor that you have to cover by unfurling a large piece of carpet.
In addition, the process for raising the second-row seats is more convoluted than it should be because you have to pull one catch to get them partially up and then a separate tag to finish the job.
Order a Zafira Tourer in one of the top two specs and you get ‘Lounge Seating'. This works in much the same way as the seating in lesser models, with the added bonus that the central seat in the second row can be folded inwards and upwards to create an armrest. The outer seats then slide inwards and backwards, giving their occupants limo-like legroom.
Up front, all Zafira Tourers have a wide range of seat- and steering wheel adjustment, while slim windscreen pillars and a deep rear screen mean all-round vision is better than it is in most MPVs. The dash looks and feels classy, too, but its centre console is overloaded with poorly marked buttons.