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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.
  • 2.2i 16v SRi 5dr

    lee roper , west yorkshire . Date: 14/03/2006
    • 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
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I've had a 1.8 petrol Zafira Elegance for four years and it has been an excellent work horse. I've frequently had seven people on long trips (with roof box) and it serves its purpose. It is a smaller MPV, so no there's no third row window ventilation like all the rest in this category but the extra sunroof at the back and air-conditioning made it more than comfortable.

    The only down side was a bit of rolling but, at the end of the day, this is an MPV not a sports car. In four years, the only problems I had were with internal breakages due to frequent seat changes. A few bits of plastic broke off but this was just cosmetic. I would say that the hand brake was rather low and impossible to use with the arm rest down.

    I was so impressed with it that I've just upgraded and bought a 2.2 SRi with the 18-inch alloys. I was particularly interested in the improvement in handling. It makes a huge difference. Now I have a great versatile seven-seater multi-purpose vehicle in its true sense.

    I also test drove the Honda FR-V (very nice, unique setup but awkward centralised controls and awful handbrake), Mazda 5 (great front end and driving position, but the middle and rear row of seats looked like they'd come from a jumble sale), the Volkswagen Touran (boring all round) and the Renault Grand Scenic (strange set-up, and the third row seats were like a primary school's steel chairs).

    I actually think the new Zafira has slightly more room than the old one, and I love the setup.

  • 1.8i VVT 140 Design 5dr

    Mark Leafy Date: 03/03/2006
    • Overall 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
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought the new model in Oct 2005.

    We have had several problems:

    -Heating-ventilation. The windscreen and front windows take an age to clear, I discovered that no matter what setting I select, the same "power" emits from each vent. The dealership are now awaiting a "part" from the dealership.

    -Boot lock, this froze over and we are awaiting the dealership to order a new part. I think it's the actual electronics rather than the mechanics of the lock, as there is not key lock, just a push button.

    -Exhaust blowing. After several trips to the dealership, they discovered the flex pipe between the back box and mid box is damaged, now awaiting part from dealership.

    -Accelerator/clutch. The accelerator pedal is stiff, which can be very difficult to drive from standstill, as this causes the car to stall. The dealership says they cannot do anything about this. One of their remedies was to increase the idle speed, the car is now running at 9500rpm,ridiculous!

    -Radio. Ill fitted, the trim was not level and protruding out. The dealership have now improved this but it is not perfect. -Trip Computer. When petrol range falls below 50km the display shows an annoying "Range 50km", after refilling on some occasions this doesn't disappear so all you see if this, CD tracks, radio information cannot be displayed. VERY ANNOYING.

    Overall, you would probably guess I would not buy a Zafira again, I only wished I would have test drove the Toyota or Mazda beforehand!

  • 1.6i 16v 105 Life 5dr

    derek howarth , notts . Date: 28/02/2006
    • Overall 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
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Our Zafira is now three years old and has been an excellent car. We are looking to change to the new model but we like the look of the new car.

    On test driving the new car, I soon became aware of the poorly designed dashboard. The silver strips on both sides of the radio run up towards the dash and then across the dash towards the windscreen.

    This silver strip continually reflects onto the window, causing a distraction to the driver. This has put me off buying the new model. Vauxhall need to sort this out!

  • 1.9 CDTi 120 Design 5dr

    David Jefferis , . Date: 17/12/2005
    • Overall 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
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Looks like the same bunch who trashed the ergonomics of the new Astra have been busy here too, which makes this Zafira a test-only vehicle, rather than a buy-me, unlike the ace old model. And where have the fabulous twin sunroofs gone? Tarty looks too -- it's a personal thing, but I really don't like bits of chrome draped like tinsel. It also seems noisier.

    Overall, it doesn't move the game on, and steps back in some vital areas. The Mazda 5 takes top slot this year.

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