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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.
  • 1.8 VVT SRi 5dr

    Tim Gurney , beds . Date: 03/02/2009
    • 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
    • Average MPG
      33

    My car

    I bought a 57 plate 1.8SRI and i am very pleased so far. (2 weeks) It feels nice to drive, has enough power for the size of the car. It is vauxhall quality inside so nice enough but not nice as previous golf/saab/mazda6. I like the 7 seat system though is a pain to have to undo the child seat to slide the bench forward to raise the rear seats. I will rarly use the rear seats but its a nice option to have. My biggest disapointment with this car is the short gearing. Why does it not have a 6th gear?? the 2.2SRI does. This needs it. At motorway speeds i find myself checking to make sure i am in 5th. Push it slightly above and it is very loud.

    So far i like it alot though and we mainly use it round town. We have a 4 hour + trip to Cornwall later this month so maybe i will report back after that. Might buy some ear plugs for that drive!

  • 1.9 CDTi 150 Design 5dr

    Nick Gammon , Cambridge . Date: 16/01/2009
    • 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
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      46

    My car

    Had this car 18 months, 15,000 miles now, having bought this as a one year old car. As a one year old, the rather savage early depreciation works for the Buyer - also tried Mazda 5 (too small), Verso (too small), Touran (too dull/expensive) and C4 Picasso (very good, but couldn't get comfortable).

    Plus points - strong engine above ~1800 rpm, economical (average 46mpg, best 53, worst 38), good equipement list, firm ride (can be too firm though), good boot space, reasonable servicing costs, good front seats (if you fit), I think it looks good

    not so good points - performance on motorway can be lethargic if traffic slows, poor spare wheel security (my second Zafira, both have had wheels stolen), needs better in cabin storage, ESP only standard on 150 model, and rear seat layout not as practical as rivals

    So I'd recomend this if buying second hand, as excellent value. Generally takes my family and all stuff well (though in common with most MPVs, 3 child seats will be a problem!), good performance/economy balance. Had no problems with it, and seem to have a good local dealer (Ely). MPVs are never going to be exciting, but this one has strong performance, reasonable looks,and a sport-ish ride. The sport seats won't suit anyone of a (ahem) large berth, and the ride is a little firm for a family car.

    Finally, my 4 year old son loves the sport button - it's undoutbly a frivolity in an MPV, but one that will appeal to kids of all ages

  • 1.9 CDTi 120 Design 5dr

    Justin Turner , Nottinghamshire . Date: 14/01/2009
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      40.12

    My car

    Please see my input on 14/05/08.

    Well after another 2 trips into the dealers to sort out DPF, it was taken in over Christmas 2008 to replace the turbo, DPF and front exhaust system to rectify problem, as DPF was regenerating everyday. Previous problems now sorted at Vauxhall expense buy at time of going back to dealer had replaced 4th set of tyres on the front having only done 33000 miles! Car vears off to the left as soon as you realase steeing wheel and both front tyres were warn right down on the inside. Last set put on 4 months ago! Was tolds that it is camber of the road and soft tyres as everything is set true on steerin g and tracking. Anyway dealer had it again over New Year to sort out but now has come back with the steering wheel having to be turned slightly right of centre to keep car in a straight line! So far DPF is regenerating and not causing any problems but still not getting Coil lightr on dashboard to warn me of regeneration as told in handbook. But then you, what you never had you don't miss. Was thinking of trading in for a C-Max but they appear not to be very good either. Anyone know of any good MPV's?

  • 1.6i 16v Club AC 5dr

    James Frank Date: 10/01/2009
    • Overall verdict
      2 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
      20

    My car

    Car is an 06 reg 1.6 Club. Was back to the dealer within a week of taking delivery. Strange squealing noise comes from the engine at around 40, 50, 60 & 70 mph. This problem has never been sorted out and is still there - it's not a turbo so can't be that.

    The radio packed up and had to be replaced too.

    It's back at the dealer again as the Engine Management light came on and suffered loss of power. No heat from the heater (previously blamed the cold weather last year when I mentioned this). No controls work on the steering wheel, including the horn. Also front passengers footwell is wet. Find it is getting thirstier and thirstier - my old aircooled VW camper is better on the fuel economy!

    Have been told it needs a new thermostat apparently which is on back order and will take a week to arrive, thankfully have been given a loan car.

    Have previously owned many Vauxhalls, in fact my wife's first car was a Viva many years ago. We thought that the Zafira would be a good bet because of the seating and having 4 children. Will I replace it with another in April when this one has to go back as it's a Mobility car? No I don't think I will.

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