The Zafira Tourer marks a different approach to MPVs from Vauxhall; it’s designed to offer a more style-focused option for people looking for something a bit more upmarket than the regular Zafira.
If they choose carefully, they can also end up with one of the most efficient seven-seaters on the market. The 128bhp Ecoflex Exclusiv edition gets a 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine that has 221lb ft of torque - more than enough to haul around people and their luggage - but it emits only 119g/km of CO2.
That makes the Vauxhall an appealing option for company car choosers, and while it doesn’t match its Government fuel economy average of 62.8mpg, our own True MPG test (calculated on UK roads and in a mix of urban and motorway traffic) returned a figure of 54.6mpg. That’s admirably close, and a sign that everyday running costs could still be modest enough.
On the road, the Zafira Tourer is comfortable enough, if you stick to a version with 17-inch wheels, and while the steering is a bit light at speed, it’s nicely weighted for manoeuvring around town and parking.
In the cabin, there’s room for seven adults - although they’ll need to make use of the flexible seating system if they’re to get comfortable - and the fit and finish is smart enough. If you stick with our preferred Exclusiv trim, you’ll get a fair amount of kit for your cash too; air-conditioning, front and rear parking sensors, cruise control, a DAB radio and USB audio connectivity are all standard.
A Ford S-Max remains a better drive, but these are the Green Car of the Year awards, and the Ecoflex model gives the Zafira Tourer enough efficiency to earn our recommendation.