The Vauxhall Zafira Tourer builds on the success of the pioneering Vauxhall Zafira, which set the standard as MPV sales boomed in the last decade. This latest seven-seater falls somewhere between a compact MPV and a full-size model.
Boot size is tight with all seven seats in position, at 152 litres, but the two rearmost seats are a bit too cramped for adults anyway, and when folded into the floor there’s 710 litres of space. The three middle row seats slide back and forth individually, and the centre one folds away to give passengers in the outer seats more space. But fold all three seats, and you get a 1,860-litre capacity.
The dash has a high-quality finish and plenty of equipment, and a panoramic roof is a neat option to give the interior a more spacious feel. Exclusiv models upwards also get parking sensors, while standard ESP boosts safety. Petrol versions are thirsty, but the diesel with the lowest fuel consumption – the 62.8mpg ecoFLEX 2.0-litre – can feel underpowered. A high purchase price is offset by long 20,000-mile service intervals and competitive insurance group ratings.