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Vauxhall Zafira (2005-15)

Overall Rating

4 stars

Vauxhalls affordable midi-MPV with seven-seater capacity that beats most rivals five seats. It's practical, flexible, very family-friendly and usually reliable.

For
  • Plenty of flexible space for passengers or luggage
  • Seven seats with improved middle bench
  • Addition of improved diesel engines
Against
  • Basic spec lacks refinement
  • Concerns over build quality
  • Spare wheel visible
Road Test

The Zafira is a roomy midi-mpv that has proven popular with the British public, with seven seats it's almost the same length as an Astra estate. To keep up to date Vauxhall have refreshed it's looks. Using the clever 'Flex-7' fold-away seating system, freeing up load space when not carrying a full crew of family and friends. This feature puts it ahead of Picasso, Scenic and most other midi-MPV rivals. The Zafira is fairly cheap to run and increasingly cheap to buy. The interior is airy and roomy for five plus luggage but you'll need a roof box for holidays with all seats in use. Engines come in the 1.6-litre 16v that is far too sluggish for the weight it's carrying. 1.8-litre 16v and lively 2.0 Turbo and 2.2 16v. The biggest change to the 2005 model range is the launch of diesels - the 1.7 CDTi and 1.9 CDTi. Easy to drive with a high driving position, Zafira offers versatility whilst being compact enough to make parking not too much of a problem.

Need To Know

Best Models: 1.9 CDTi

Worst Models: 1.6 16v

Replacement: 2011


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Vauxhall Zafira (2005-15)
Star Ratings

Handling

4 stars

Comfort

4 stars

Quality & Reliability

4 stars

Performance

4 stars

Roominess

5 stars

Running Costs

4 stars

Value for Money

4 stars

Stereo/Sat Nav

4 stars
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