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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 105 Life 5dr

    charlotte Hamilton Date: 09/07/2006
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    We chose the entry level Zafira 2006 model after a long hard comparison with other makes of MPV, and I am sad to say I would not be choosing it again. Although the space in the car is excellent and controls practical/easy to navigate this was all that earned the 3 stars in my opinion. This car gives the most basic driving experience, both from inside the car and out.

    Although the reviews had warned of a lack of power in the 1.6 model, this could not have prepared me for the drop pulling out of every junction and jerky gear changes which makes for an appaling town ride.

    She did earn her 2 stars though, purely for the fact that if you like burning fuel and keeping it in lower gears for longer you do get a smoother ride, and it gets better during motorway driving at around 70 mph. It is for this reason that I have not been impressed with the running costs, plenty of £50-60 fill ups due to the way has to be driven to keep your sanity.

    It has only been on the road since March and I am already at the point of booking it in for an overhaul, the crunching reverse gear being one of a few glitches. Overall, if space and value is your only priority you may be able to forgive the awful driving experience; if not, then spend a bit more for the bigger engine or simply go elsewhere.

  • 1.6i 16v Club 5dr

    sue cooke , wiltshire . Date: 26/06/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I would just like to say that I was involved in a head-on crash with a 4x4 and I came out unscathed, as did the 4x4 driver.

    As for the car, my car was damaged. On the driver's side, it did take a battering but the 4x4 was a mess. The 4x4 was undriveable - mine took me home.

    I would just say that I was very pleased to be driving my Zafira, though I dont think I would trust it in a higher-speed crash, as it did take more damage than I would expect for a 30mph crash.

  • 1.6i 16v Club 5dr

    patricia hickingbottom , warwickshire . Date: 26/06/2006
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have owned a 1.6 Zafira Club for 13 months and have done 12,000 miles in it.

    It has broken down on me eight times. Each time the AA has associated the problem with the exhaust gas recirculation valve, this has been replaced twice since January alone. The dealership is now exchanging the vehicle on a like-for-like basis due to the problems I have had and only after pressure from Trading Standards making a legal case of it.

    I am about to collect the replacement car, which they would only give the same year/model, with a charge to me for the new warranty.

    I would like to say to anyone considering buying a Vauxhall is do not buy one - in my opinion, they don't hold their value and offer very poor for performance and reliability. In my experience, Vauxhall will not want to know about your problems - you will be on your own.

  • 1.6i 16v 105 Life 5dr

    Paul Erwin Date: 11/06/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I purchased the New shape 1.6 16v Life in Nov '05. It was pre registered (10 miles on clock) by the dealer and had extras fitted. These were Cruise Control, Climate Control, Alloy Wheels and Metalic paint. I saved over 2K on the list price so was very happy.

    I have now had the car for 7 months and a few problems have arisen.

    The engine cut out on a number of occasions ( now seems to be OK after 4 visits to the dealer). Lots of irritating rattles and noises, some sorted out.

    The car handles very well round corners but the 1.6 engine is under powered especially with the A/C on. The average MPG since new is 30, not what Vauxhall claim.

    Very practical car for 5 people and luggage. Rear seats really only suitable for kids, and that leaves no room for any luggage.

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