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Handbook: Vauxhall Zafira Tourer

Time 2:56 pm, April 17, 2012

To take advantage of the MPV-D segment, Vauxhall has introduced a larger Zafira. James Batchelor reports.

WHAT IS IT?

For too long, Vauxhall has been absent from the larger MPV market, but the firm now aims to put that right. The seven-seat Tourer will be going up against vanguards such as the Ford S-Max and the Volkswagen Sharan, while sitting alongside the smaller Zafira.


WHAT’S UNDER THE BONNET?

Two petrols and three diesels. The former comes in 138bhp 1.4-litre turbo and 138bhp 1.8-litre guises, while the 2.0-litre diesel comes in three power outputs – 108bhp, 128bhp and 163bhp. It’s the 128bhp which Vauxhall predicts will be the best- seller. There’ll be a 128bhp ecoFLEX version soon after launch.

WHAT’S THE SPEC LIKE?

There are five models and, as you’d expect, specifications are spread out. The entry 1.8-litre ES has air con, DAB radio, cruise control, and steel wheels for the round figure of £21k, while the range tops with the 2.0-litre 163bhp diesel in Elite form at £28,465. That model has leather, panoramic sunroof, sport seats and 18-inch alloys.


WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?

The car has notable levels of front-end grip and minimal body-roll, but parking can be tricky due to its size. We agree with Vauxhall’s prediction – there’s little reason for buyers to opt for the larger diesel as the 128bhp version is more than adequate.

WHAT DO THE PRESS THINK OF IT?

Auto Express said: ‘This new model looks great and has a classy interior’.

WHAT DO WE THINK?

The Tourer is yet another Vauxhall that is trying to change the brand with better interior quality, stylish good looks and good handlling. Our only quibble is that it’s a little pricey.

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James – or Batch as he’s known – started at Car Dealer in 2010, first as the work experience boy, eventually becoming editor in 2013. He worked for Auto Express as editor-at-large and was the face of Carbuyer’s YouTube reviews. In 2020, he went freelance and now writes for a number of national titles and contributes regularly to Car Dealer. In October 2021 he became Car Dealer's associate editor.

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