The seven-seat Vauxhall Zafira cannot match the class-best compact people carriers for steering feel or agility, but handling on the Zafira is safe and predictable. Grip levels are strong and body lean through bends isnt excessive. However, damping doesnt cope well over rough surfaces. The brakes are very strong - with a grabby nature at low speed compensated for by very short stopping distances. The aircraft-style handbrake is rather heavy and a bit fiddly.
The Vauxhall Zafira offers a wide range of petrol and diesel engines but its weight means smaller, less powerful engines do struggle. The line-up of Vauxhall Zafira models is huge - and on top of the range regulars are permanent special editions too, which change periodically. Recently, Vauxhall has taken the model upmarket with an Elite trim. The Zafira is becoming more popular as a fleet offering so Vauxhall offers some powerful 1.9-litre diesels. But joe public is also accounted for as well with smaller, more affordable petrol engines. This is fortunate, as the Zafira looks an expensive car alongside rivals, particularly when you consider unimpressive equipment levels.
The latest Zafira, with its Astra-style headlights and smoother lines, is a better-looking car than the original. The interior is stylish, constructed from materials that feel more expensive than rivals. But there are some ergonomic niggles and the driving position still feels van-like. A-pillars are also thick and cause blind spots. Head, shoulder and knee room are ample and all seats are comfortable, although access to the rear is tricky. The Flex7 folding seat system is looking a bit tired. The centre bench only slides back and forth as one and, while the back seats split and fold, the system is not as adaptable as current rivals. It is heavier work, too - though folding it flat does enhance the already-large boot. Only smaller engined petrol and diesel Zafiras really impress for fuel economy.
The seven-seat Vauxhall Zafira cannot match the class-best compact people carriers for steering feel or agility, but handling on the Zafira is safe and predictable. Grip le ...more