Vauxhall Zafira Tourer - best people carriers and MPVs

Bigger and better-looking than its predecessor, the Zafira Tourer is a great option for comfortable family transport

The Vauxhall Zafira has been a staple of the MPV market since 1999, but the latest model really is a big step forward. The car has morphed from a dreadfully dull family bus into a genuinely classy and upmarket offering in the MPV sector.

Vauxhall Zafira Tourer review

The Zafira Tourer comes as standard with seven seats, which easily fold down to give a cavernous 1,860 litres in two-seat mode.

With all the seats up, there’s room for adults, and the optional ‘lounge’ seating allows you to give middle-row occupants a bit more shoulder room and luxury.

Vauxhall Zafira Tourer - dash

The Zafira Tourer underwent a bit of a facelift in 2016, giving it Vauxhall’s latest ‘family face’ and, crucially, a vastly improved interior with a large touchscreen in place of the swathes of buttons that the old car offered.

Engines have been upgraded too, and most people will opt for the excellent 1.6-litre ‘Whisper’ diesel. Whisper it does not, but by diesel standards it’s quiet, refined and pretty powerful. That engine also allows nearly 63mpg fuel economy – excellent for such a big, heavy car.

If you need more power there’s also a 2.0-litre CDTi, and petrol fans can opt for a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol, though both of these see economy and emissions suffer.

Best people carriers and MPVs



      1. Citroen Berlingo Multispace
      2. Citroen C4 SpaceTourer
      3. Renault Grand Scenic
      4. Ford S-MAX
      5. Kia Carens
      6. Vauxhall Zafira Tourer
      7. Ford C-MAX
      8. BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer
      9. Ford Tourneo Connect
      10. 10 SEAT Alhambra
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