Used Ford S-Max vs Vauxhall Zafira Tourer

If you're in the market for a good-value seven-seater, you can't do better than the Ford S-Max or Vauxhall Zafira Tourer. But which one makes the most sense as a used buy?...

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What Car? team
21 May 2017 12:43

What will they cost?

When the S-Max version we’re testing here was new, it cost £25,995. However, our Target Price team said it could be bought for £24,061. Now, the same car in excellent condition and with an average mileage for the year would cost you approximately £15,995.

By contrast, the Zafira Tourer we are testing cost £23,690 when new, with a Target Price of £21,725. Now, a good example, with the same criteria as the S-Max, can be found for a mere £10,995, making it the much cheaper car of the two. That’s a substantial saving that is particularly paramount when buying a used car at this age.


Used Ford S-Max vs Vauxhall Zafira Tourer

On top of that, the Zafira Tourer is cheaper to service, tax and insure, and our True MPG real-world economy tests saw the car record an excellent figure of 51.5mpg, against the S-Max’s 43.6mpg.

Both cars come with 17in alloy wheels, air conditioning, a DAB radio, all-round electric windows, front and rear parking sensors and a multi-function steering wheel as standard. The Zafira Tourer adds sat-nav and cruise control, while the S-Max counters that with keyless start and a heated front windscreen.

On the safety front, both get six standard airbags, but automatic emergency braking wasn’t available on the Zafira Tourer, even as an option; Ford charged £450 for it when the S-Max was new.


Used Ford S-Max vs Vauxhall Zafira Tourer

According to security firm Thatcham Research, the S-Max scored highly in its tests for resistance to being driven away and for avoiding a break-in. On both counts, it performed slightly better than the Zafira Tourer, which was hampered by the fact that Vauxhall charges extra for an alarm, unlike Ford, which offers one as standard.



Used Ford S-Max vs Vauxhall Zafira Tourer