Citroen Grand C4 Picasso vs Vauxhall Zafira Tourer
Vauxhall has fitted its Zafira Tourer with a clean new diesel. How does it stack up against roomy Citroen rival?
These days, a great MPV needs more than just space; it has to be refined, stylish and good to drive. So while the seven-seat Vauxhall Zafira Tourer is smart and solidly built, up to now it’s been hampered by a dated 1.7-litre diesel.
Can an all-new 1.6-litre CDTi engine help it take the fight to the class-leading Citroen Grand C4 Picasso?
The Citroen scores with its bold looks and modern cabin, and the 2.0-litre HDi model has already beaten the Renault Grand Scenic and Kia Carens. Now we test the efficient 1.6 e-HDi for the first time.
Both high-spec MPVs cost just over £23k and promise nearly 70mpg. Which is in the box seat?
Vauxhall's new 1.6-litre diesel debuted at last year’s Geneva Motor Show, and meets Euro VI emissions rules. It’s the first in a raft of powertrain upgrades from the brand, and will launch in other models soon. It has more power and torque than the Picasso’s e-HDi, at 134bhp and 320Nm, although the Citroen engine is cleaner. And on our test, it proved more frugal, averaging 35.9mpg.
Nothing tests a car’s durability more than family life. The Zafira’s cabin materials look and feel a bit tougher than the Picasso’s. But with parent-friendly features like a child view mirror, wipe-clean tray tables and electronic child lock control, the Citroen is also well suited to family use.
Our Citroen featured the optional self-parking system. This scans spaces and remotely operates the steering, parking the car for you. But the operation is slow – you’re better doing it yourself with the standard reversing camera.
1st place - Citroen
Excellent running costs and a practical cabin make the Citroen a class leader. With low emissions, great economy and just enough performance, the 1.6 e-HDi is the pick of the range. Exclusive trim is well equipped, while the eye-catching styling only adds to the appeal.
2nd place - Vauxhall
This new 1.6-litre diesel has given the Zafira Tourer a real boost. Comfortable and refined, it’s a quality MPV. But it doesn’t have three full-width middle row seats and isn’t as practical as the Citroen. It’s not as modern inside and out, either, so the Vauxhall just comes up short.
|Citroen Grand C4 Picasso Exclusive e-HDi 115 manual||Vauxhall Zafira Tourer Tech Line 1.6 CDTi ecoFLEX|
|On the road price/total as tested||£23,255/£24,700||£23,175/£24,075|
|Residual value (after 3yrs/36,000)||£10,093/43.4%||£9,594/41.4%|
|Annual tax liability std/higher rate||£742/£1,485||£740/£1,480|
|Annual fuel cost (12k/20k miles)||£2,112/£3,532||£2,298/£3,380|
|Ins. group/quote/road tax band/cost||18/£380/B/£20||16/£339/B/£20|
|Cost of 1st/2nd/3rd service||£256/£328/£293||£253/£340/£253|
|Engine||4cyl in-line/1,560cc||4cyl in-line/1,598cc|
|Peak power/revs||112/3,600 bhp/rpm||134/3,500 bhp/rpm|
|Peak torque/revs||270/1,750 Nm/rpm||320/2,000Nm/rpm|
|Transmission||6-spd manual/fwd||6-spd manual/fwd|
|Fuel tank capacity/spare wheel||55 litres/sealant||58 litres/sealant|
|Boot capacity (7/5/2 seats)||165/692-793/2,181l||152/710/1,860 litres|
|Turning circle/drag coefficient||10.8 metres/0.30Cd||11.4 metres/0.30Cd|
|Basic warranty/recovery||3yrs (60,000)/1yr||3yrs (60,000)/1yr|
|Service intervals/UK dealers||12,500 (1yr)/225||20,000 (1yr)/413|
|Driver Power manufacturer/dealer pos.||24th/27th||26th/18th|
|Euro NCAP: Adult/child/ped./stars||86/88/68/5||94/83/53/5|
|0-60/30-70mph||12.1/12.6 secs||10.9/10.9 secs|
|30-50mph in 3rd/4th||4.8/7.6 secs||4.3/6.4 secs|
|50-70mph in 5th/6th||9.8/15.0 secs||8.6/11.6 secs|
|Top speed/rpm at 70mph||117mph/2,000rpm||120mph/1,900rpm|
|Braking 70-0/60-0/30-0mph||49.4/36.0/9.2 metres||52.0/37.8/9.2 metres|
|Auto Express econ (mpg/mpl)/range||35.9/7.9/434 miles||33.0/7.3/421 miles|
|Actual/claimed CO2/tax bracket||211/105g/km/16%||229/109g/km/16%|
|Airbags/Isofix points in middle row||Eight/Three||Six/Two|
|Auto box/cruise ctrl/parking sensors||£500/yes/yes||No/yes/yes|
|Climate control/leather/heated seats||Yes/£750*/no||No/no/no|
|Metallic paint/xenon lights/sunroof||£520/£750/£699^||£525/no/no|