Vauxhall Zafira Review
Our car was fitted with the magic “Sports Switch”, which improves the steering and throttle responses making the steering and throttle sharper and more responsive, it certainly made a difference to the Zafira’s already superb handling characteristics.16 February 2008
Our car was fitted with the magic “Sports Switch”, which improves the steering and throttle responses making the steering and throttle sharper and more responsive, it certainly made a difference to the Zafira’s already superb handling characteristics.
You sit very upright in the Vauxhall Zafira with your lower legs very much at right angles to your thighs. It is fairly easy to get in and out of the car, although there is a quite high sill, which some disabled or elderly users may find difficult to step over. It was easy to move the driver’s seat into a comfortable position and all round vision was good.
The leather faced front seats benefited from 3-stage heating elements which were a welcome addition on cold winter days.
And of course the major Zafira selling points is that it benefits from ‘FLEX7’ seating which means it has the capacity to seat 7 passengers. The front and 2nd row seats have plenty of head room but the 3rd row seats are really only suited to occasional use by children. I think teenagers plus would soon complain if they had to go on a long journey.
The 3rd row seats fold completely flat into the floor giving a useful 645 litres of luggage space to the glass line. If you fold the 2nd row of seas forward, this increases the luggage capacity to 1070 litres or 1820 litres if you wish to fill the car up to the roof line. If you want to go on holiday with all of the 7 seats occupied then you are only left with 140 litres of luggage space behind the 3rd row seats. So either you will need to pack extremely light or look to the possibilities of buying a roof top box.
In practical terms the Vauxhall Zafira is a comfortable family 5 seater, capable of taking a family of five’s luggage with two extra occasional seats for picking the kids up from school or taking granny out (perhaps not sat in the 3rd row though).
The middle row, two outer seats feature isoFix child seat fittings, our Bebe Confort child seat fitted easily and securely.
Vauxhall Zafira Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Vauxhall Zafira 1.9-litre CDTi Elite|
|Colour||Panacotta Two-Coat Pearlescent|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||9.7 Seconds|
|Top Speed||123 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||49.6 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||5|
|Warranty||3-Year / 60,000 Mile Warranty|
|Price (when tested on the 16/02/08)||£21,570|