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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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69 reader reviews for Vauxhall Zafira MPV.
  • 1.8i 16v Elegance 5dr

    Eileen Elizabeth Walsh , lANCS . Date: 15/04/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    We were given this car as a courtesy car when our Clio when for repair. We both fell in love with it and, athough we need to test-drive a couple of other cars, I'm pretty sure that this is our next car. It was very comfortable and easy to drive. The only drawback as far as I am concerned is that I couldn't see the end of the bonnet.

  • 1.6 16v 5dr

    GAVIN CLIFTON , SOUTH YORKS . Date: 14/04/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    The wife and I decided that we needed a car with a bit more room for those family holidays and day trips out. As soon as I sat behind the wheel of the Zafira, it just felt right.

    The feeling of space is outstanding and the large panoramic feel of the windscreen allows you the best view possible on to the road. Add this to your elevated seating position and you feel in complete control - king of the road.

    The dash and cabin is a bit dull but is more than sufficient (after all, this is a family car and if you're wanting gizmos and gadgets then you're probably missing the whole point of this car).

    At first look you might think that the Zafira is a tank to drive and be daunted to drive it, but it really isn't. This is because the bonnet is incredibly small (you can't even see it from your driving position) and the boot is flat so overall it really is not any bigger than my Vectra.

    The two seats that pull up from inside of the boot are ingenious and your car can be transformed from a five to a seven seater within 60 seconds! The fuel economy is better than I thought it would be (about the same as the Vectra) and the overall feel and drive of the car is brilliant.

    I am a Yorkshire man and therefore do not like to part with my money, but this is a purchase that I will not regret and has been worth every penny! If you are looking for a family car with huge bootspace and lots of legroom and headroom then look no further. The extra two seats are an added bonus.

  • 2.0i 16v GSi Turbo 5dr

    David Bowyer , Dorset . Date: 05/04/2005
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought this car after a long battle with my wife, we had vowed never to buy a Vauxhall again due due to having so many problems with our Vectra.

    The turbo GSi has restored my faith. I love this car for a number of reasons. We bought it because our family has grown and we now have two kids, I really didn't want an MPV but thought it practical. However, the deal was that we would buy one that had a bit of poke and style.

    The main reasons for buying ths car are:

    1 - It has 7 seats if needed and loads of space when they are not 2 - It looks the bomb where most MPVs look like tanks 3 - It has nearly 200bhp 4 - It will do 0-60 in 7.5 seconds... this is a people carrier for crying out loud 5 - You can get the kids and in-laws in together seating the in laws right at the back - result! 6 - You don't look like you're a saddo and it gets admiring glances from the ladies... OK and the men!

    It handles well, drives beautifully and the seating system cannot beaten. I have no hesitation in recommending this car to anyone needing an MPV and some that don't.

    If I didn't have kids I think I would still have bought it, in fact I am trying to persuade the missus to buy another one... I have been relegated back to the Vectra for work!

  • 2.0 DTi Energy 5dr

    rob masters Date: 19/03/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Just before the new year, along with my wife and daughter, we embarked on a journey from our home in Majorca back to the UK for 10 days.

    Having bought our Zafira 2.0 DTI (Opel) in October, the engine had only covered 2,200km when we left. The engine was pretty tight and the performance was adequate. Some 4,000km added to the existing mileage has seen a dramatic change in its performance and the fuel economy is superb.

    Heading back, we docked at the port of Caen in France at 7.15 am and arrived at Barcelona's port at 7.15 pm, the same day. The car was loaded, and I mean loaded to the gunnels. It cruised at high speeds and was returning fuel consumption into the mid 40s. When you do the kind of intensive driving I did in 14 days, you can be very sure that I have seen every facet of this car, good and bad.

    First the good points: It has fantastic fuel consumption, irrespective of load. Performance is gutsy, not a road-burner but it can sit well above the legal speed limit all day. The handling is very positive with good brakes. The power steering has a positive feel. It has Tardis-like load space, we got incredible amounts into ours. The gearchange was slick and positive with the gearstick and all controls are easily to hand.

    Now the bad points. The seats offer adequate but not uncomfortable support to the back, shoulders, neck. It's decent but could be better and, while the back seats (middle row) split, the base of them doesn't.

    I would totally recommend this

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