The cabin looks and feels classy, and there’s plenty of room in the first two rows. The cleanest diesel has very low running costs and every Vauxhall Zafira Tourer comes well equipped.
The rearmost seats aren’t comfortable for adults, while the middle three are heavy and not that easy to flip up or fold down. The ride and handling could also be better, and the diesel versions sound rough.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
The 128bhp 2.0-litre Ecoflex diesel has enough pull from low revs to haul around a big family without working the engine hard. The 163bhp 2.0 diesel provides more shove through the mid-range, but fuel consumption takes a big hit. The Biturbo's greater torque kicks in lower down, but it's even less efficient. We wouldn't recommend the 138bhp turbocharged 1.4 petrol, because you need to rev the engine hard to make decent progress.
Ride & Handling
Stick to a version with 17in wheels and the Zafira Tourer deals with bigger bumps well, while the body stays surprisingly flat through the corners. It’s a shame the ride isn’t more comfortable around town; minor road imperfections cause the Vauxhall to jostle around. The light steering is great for parking and town driving, but it becomes disconcerting at higher speeds because you’re never quite sure what the front wheels are doing.
The Zafira Tourer’s big door mirrors generate some wind noise at speed, and there's some road noise to be heard, too. The diesel engines are a bigger issue, though, because they sound very rough, especially when you work them hard. The six-speed manual gearbox is notchy, too, but the stop-start system available on some diesel versions, works smoothly.