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Overall reader verdict 3 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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134 reader reviews for Vauxhall Zafira MPV.
  • 1.6i 16v Expression 5dr

    Sarah Ward , . Date: 25/08/2013
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      35

    My car

    I have a Zafira life on a 07 plate and its been a pleasure to drive although I have had nothing but problems with the water system on it leading to it overheating first the thermostat went then the rad then the new one leaked at the plastic joins to add a hose split on the M5 blowing the head gasket and some of the sensors and needing to be re skimmed it has also wrecked the bottom end forcing me to buy a new car :( . I only had it 3 years and its cost over £2000 to keep it on the road which is a shame as its great to drive and comfy shame they didn't bother with a temperature gauge would have saved me a fortune :( also no spare wheel is stupid I have to carry one around which cuts luggage space down and fills the space in the boot with 7 seats up leave me nowhere to put the pushchair! Also I took it to a a vauxall garage to have it checked when the engine management light came on they advised me it needed £475.00 of work in field remedies but I later took it to a independent garage who showed me it was the knock sensor that had tripped it and it just needed that NOT the £100's Vauxhall claimed at all :/. great car if you can keep it running but NEVER buy one without a temp gauge seems to be the thing :(.

  • 1.7 CDTi 110 ecoFLEX Design 5dr

    Steve Garrett , County Durham . Date: 15/08/2013
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      50

    My car

    Had one of these as a hire car this last week and it reminded me about all that's bad about Vauxhall. Still after all these years they don't know what a human being looks like!! So here's the bad bits:- Throttle is in the wrong place, under the arch of the foot! Only half a foot rest is provided Lumbar support adjustment is in the wrong place - somebody didn't tell them where the lumbar part of the spine is. The grip on the tailgate pull handle (for closing) is at the wrong angle - so you can't grip it well. The torque output from the engine is like riding a rollercoaster - you never know what it'll give you. Low down it's dead, then it gives a big shove then it fumbles about wondering what to do. The dead part reminds me of the turbo lag you used to get on Montego diesels!! The spacing from 1st to 2nd is too large - build up speed in 1st only to lose any torque once changed to 2nd. Gearshift is too stiff Somebody put a 12volt socket under the handbrake so you rap your knuckles on your phone charger plug - genius! Brake feel is awful - the pedal is stiff, so you have no sensation of the pressure build up and the initial slack you normally have to take up so the effect is the passenger's head on the dashboard as you suddenly say to yourself "oh there they are!". Those stupid flappy indicator stalks - thank god they got rid of them in the Insignia and Zafira Tourer Radio reception performance worse than a 7 year old Kenwood head unit

    Good bits:- We didn't breakdo

  • 1.6i 16v 105 Life AC 5dr

    James Colvin , Nottinghamshire . Date: 25/10/2012
    • 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
    • Average MPG
      39

    My car

    After having several larger engined prestige cars I wanted a car that was just that: a car. Not a status symbol, not a racing machine, just a practical family car. Step up this basic trim 1.6i Life Zafira... It's comfy, compliant and the kids love it! They love the extra seats, the extra space and being able to have their friends in it. I love the fact it's easy to drive, simple to use and gimmick free. It is good around town, on the school run and even does longer journeys perfectly well. It's no outside lane monster - leave that to others. It's a great simple car and I for one would recommend to anyone looking for a decent, value for money car that they seek out this model. No paying for needless extras. Just a good car. Simples!

  • 1.9 CDTi 120 Design 5dr

    Jose Dominguez , . Date: 17/10/2012
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      40

    My car

    Bought this here in Spain in Dec 2005 (badged as Opel) as a family car to do longer journeys and more miles and in the beginning it was fantastic. A pleasure to drive, solid feel, plenty or torque and generally nice feel with plenty of space for luggage assuming the 7 seats arent all up. Three years into it and out of guarantee and the problems started. First the alternator went (and the battery with it). Apparently a common fault in these, with the "toy" alternator they used to use. Later after a long journey the EGR went. The car with any fault like this uses reduced power as if the turbo wasnt working. Got that fixed and then the turbo went. After the turbo it was the aircon compressor´s turn. Then the clutch went (2000 euros here). And now soemthing else has gone on it. I have been trying to sell it for 2 years but everytime someone is interested soemthing else goes wrong and I miss the sale. Will try soemthing else next time I think, a lot of these problems are recurring on Zafiras, I wonder though whether the petrol engines fair better?

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