The Vauxhall Zafira is known up and down the country for making it easy to transport families of 4, 5, 6 and even 7 people thanks to its roomy interior and 7-seat capacity.
The two versions you’ll find plenty of at Car Store are the second and third generation models, so that’s what we’ll focus on here. The second generation was so popular amongst UK and European buyers that they continued to build and sell it right up until 2014 – even though the third generation “Zafira Tourer” was launched in 2012!
The Zafira follows the traditional design cues of MPVs, with added Vauxhall design-flair mixed in. 7-seat MPVs aren’t really designed to turn heads, but the third generation in particular made a good go of its exterior styling and certainly has a striking front end, with the rest of the car given a mature and grown-up look.
Whichever model or generation you go for, the interior of the Zafira is designed to be family friendly in every aspect. It’s easy to get in and out of, is wonderfully roomy and all the parts are well put together. All the controls are easy to use and the dashboard follows a traditional layout so you’ll be able to find the button you need quickly and easily.
A practical 7-seat MPV is never going to set the world alight in terms of performance and handling, and the Zafira is no different. Its ability to be easy to drive and comfortable is far more important than 0-60 times, and we’re pleased to report that the Zafira passes both tests on that front.
Practicality is where the Zafira truly excels. Its remarkably clever flexible seating system can adapt quickly and easily to the configuration you need – the rear most seats fold flat into the floor giving you additional luggage space or you can quickly pop them back up and have room for two more passengers. There’s lots of little cubby holes dotted around the place too, for extra storage of smaller items.
If you’re a family with kids, then the Zafira makes a perfect travel companion, especially because the extra 2 seats means there’s room for friends to come along too! The large interior and boot also make this a good choice for families with pets.
Zafira models come with all the equipment you’d expect to find in a popular and great value MPV. Air conditioning and alloy wheels are present on most models across the range, but the real bonus is that the Flex7 seating system is present on all Zafira models, making it the practical choice.
Because of the size of the vehicle, diesel engine options have proven the most popular thanks to their extra pulling power.
The 1.7 and 1.9 CDTi diesel models were often specified by new car buyers, so you’ll see plenty of used examples around, and both are efficient and generate ample power for the school run. Newer Zafira Tourer models make use of 1.6 and 2.0-litre diesels for increased economy.
Second generation Zafiras were often built with 1.6i petrol engines, and Zafira Tourers either came with a 1.8 non-turbo or 1.4 turbocharged engine.
Both petrol and diesel automatics are available on the used Zafira market.
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