2014 Vauxhall Zafira Tourer ReviewOctober 16, 2014
The 128bhp 2.0-litre Ecoflex diesel is powerful enough at low revs in carrying the weight of maximum people and luggage in the car. The 163bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine works strongly at mid-range of speed but it has good amount of fuel consumption. The 138bhp turbocharged 1.4 petrol needs a lot of working hard for a good ride.
The version of Zafira Tourer having 17-inch wheels easily goes over big bumps with perfect body control over corners with the body being flat. However, general ride in towns and small streets is not very pleasing with small disturbances hurdling the smoothness of the car. The steering wheel is pretty light at low speeds making it easy to park and run in towns, but at high speeds it becomes a little perplexing as the driver doesn’t get to know where the front wheels are going.
Wind noise collects around the car’s big door mirrors and road noise also invades in the cabin somehow. The diesel engines, not very surprisingly, are not smooth and thunder around making a lot of engine noise. The six-speed manual gearbox is a little noisy too.
Tech Line trim has a better kit than the other two trims which are inferior to it and yet it costs less than them. The superior trims are pretty expensive with lots of discounts on them.
Front and side airbags and even window airbags are present for the first two rows. Stability control is available as a standard feature in all the models. Advanced driver-assist systems like side blind spot alert system come as options. Standard security features include immobilizer, marked parts and deadlocks.
Thin windscreen pillars and a perfectly designed rear screen for all-round vision for the driver. A plenty of adjustments are present for the driver. The dashboard has too many controls which are confusingly marked.
There is a lot of head- and leg-room in the first two rows. The three middle row seats are sliding. The access to both the middle row and the third row is decent as the central row seat is smaller as compared to other seats while the seating is difficult in the last row. The five rear seats fold flat.
Tech Line trim has extra features like alloys, sat-nav and Bluetooth. Sri cars have revised suspension.
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