Vauxhall Zafira Road Test

Vauxhall Zafira

Vauxhall Zafira Review

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Overall Opinion ».

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What We Liked
  • Flexible seating
  • Ride height
  • Storage space
  • Adaptive Forward Lighting (Option)
  • Panoramic Roof (option)
What We Disliked
  • The 1.8 engine - too unrefined for our liking
What We'd Like To See
  • Rear electric windows on all models
  • ESP as standard
  • Drive away locking
Build Quality

Everything seemed very well put together and thoughtfully Vauxhall have chosen family friendly materials.

Value For Money

The base cost of our car started out at £16,395, which is good value for money for a 7 seat MPV. But when the options were added it topped out at £20,820, which changes things a little. Of course you may not want the Adaptive Forward Lighting at £750, the Panoramic Roof at £850 or the Navigation System at £1250 but these options do add something to the practicality and the desirability of the Zafira. If I was buying the car used I certainly would try and seek these options out. We were pleased to see that service intervals are a pocket friendly 20,000 miles or every year whichever occurs first.


The Vauxhall Zafira is the Swiss Army Knife of cars it is adaptive, flexible and accommodating - overall it is a great family car. We didn’t think much of the 1.8 petrol engine, but it wouldn’t stop us buying the car but perhaps we would have to look at Vauxhall’s other engines options.

15 March 2006 Melanie Carter
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Vauxhall Zafira Road Test Data
Model ReviewedVauxhall Zafira 1.8 Club
Body TypeMPV
ColourStar Silver Metallic
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph10.8 Seconds
Top Speed 122 mph
Transmission5-Speed Manual
Fuel TypeUnleaded Petrol
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
Urban27.4 mpg
Extra Urban44.1 mpg
Combined36.2 mpg
Insurance Group8
Euro NCAP Rating5
Warranty3-Years / 60,000 Miles
Price (when tested on the 15/03/06)£16,395 OTR (Test car £20,820 including options)

The information contained within this Vauxhall Zafira review may have changed since publication on the 15 March 2006. The actual model road tested may feature options and functionality specific to that model, which may not be available as on option or be fitted to other models in the range. Options may not be available on UK specification cars. You may wish to check with your local Vauxhall dealer, before making a purchasing decision. E.&.O.E. You may NOT reproduce this car review in full or part, in any format without our written permission. © 2018