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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 Club 5dr

    Mark Erickson-Rohrer , Merseyside . Date: 16/12/2005
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    We have a Vauxhall Zafira 1.6 club through motability (since 2003), and it is up for renewal next year. Will we get another - no! Whilst the car serves the primary function as 6/7 seater, when carrying 6 on a holiday, you would think that after millions on investment, some brain box would say "we need a luggage net/straps fitted into the rear". Why? Because the luggage falls all over the place whilst travelling, and getting a roofbox seems to defeat the purpose of an 'mpv'.

    Cupholders and storage areas for this "family car", are few and far between. The only real plus is the otherwise good leg and headroom. The third row seats have no air vents or opening side windows, and this can induce car sickness.

    The car has a nasty habit of stalling during sudden braking and speed pick-up (1.6)is useless at roundabouts or junctions when in 2nd gear. The car also required a major engine repair at just 23,000 miles. As regards the spare wheel - I am disgusted that the dealer (who would have known about the problem) said nothing, and yes, we became victim of the stolen Zafira wheel syndrome. Beware - poor driver visabilty caused by the large front A frames do create blindspots.

    Overall, if you need a 6 seater, go for the Fiat Multipla or Honda FR-V, otherwise 5 plus 2 estates are pretty limited in the large family (6 plus luggage)capacity, and reliability and practicality is questionable (at least with the our Zafira)

  • 1.6i 16v 105 Life 5dr

    PAUL BROOM Date: 15/12/2005
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I drove the new Zafira today and can sincerely say that I am very impressed overall.

    Being a proud owner of two previous models,I was immediately attracted to the sleek design of this car knowing before hand that it is an MPV and is capable of carrying 7 passengers in comfort.

    On opening the doors I also noticed that there has been a vast improvement on the interior design(dashboard,raised gear lever,clever handbrake,storage for rear shelf)and other little touches missing from the previous model.

    Once I actually drove the car, I was immediately impressed as it was everything I expected and more;Elavated driving position, smooth gear change, airy cabin.

    The only downside is that due to high taxes in Cyprus, I am restricted to buy the 1.6 16v.I can only imagine what the 1.9CDTI 150 is like.

    Taking into consideration that I have had the same car before,it is just a matter of days before my order is placed.

  • 2.0T SRi 5dr

    nick Dring , london . Date: 03/09/2005
    • 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
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Our present car, an Audi A3, has become a burden since the arrival of our first baby. So we've decided to look for a replacement. - an MPV.

    We intend to have another child and we have a dog, so it needs to be spacious. We have a list: the Toyota Corolla Verso, Mazda 5, Vauxhall Zafira, Renault Grand Scenic, VW Touran and Honda FR-V. After a few visits to the dealers that list is down to two: the Corolla Verso and Mazda 5.

    It took all of 30 seconds to realise that the Zafira was a no no. I felt the fascia was a mess. It looks cheap. Middle bench? What's that all about?

    The Toyota costs less but 1.8 VVTi doesn't have the power of the Mazda's 2.0. The Mazda also has the sliding door.

    Coming from an Audi, the build quality was always going to be lower but I think the Toyota has the edge over the Mazda here. I think in time it will withstand kids and dogs better. So, my tip, check out the Mazda and Toyota first.

  • 1.6i 16v Club 5dr

    Nigel Simpson , Surrey . Date: 23/08/2005
    • 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

    I hired a new Zafira 1.9 Automatic and I am very impressed. The car is very comfortable on long journeys and very quiet, and I haven't noticed the wind noise you complained of in the road test. The quality of the interior fitting is very good - indeed much better than the Focus I drove the week before - while the driving position is good, even though I'm over six feet tall. So far the cabin has proved very practical in accommodating my sailing kit, dinghy sails and rudder/ tiller assembly. The engine, although very much a diesel, has an impresive turn of speed with the six-speed automatic transmission providing smooth and timely shifts. If I needed a vehicle in this class it would have to be the Zafira for the combination of smooth performance, good ride and handling, comfort and a well made, attractive interior.

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