The Zafira Tourer is a larger slice of the recipe that has made the Meriva and Zafira big hits for Vauxhall. It rides on a longer wheelbase and wider tracks than the previous Zafira, which was originally sold alongside the Tourer until 2014, freeing up more cabin space for as many as seven occupants and easing the effort required to fold the rearmost seats.
The Tourer does without the rear-hinged back doors of the Meriva – all four panels open conventionally – but the panoramic windscreen makes an interesting feature. A large slide-down blind, complete with sun visors, provides glare protection, as does heat-absorbing glass.
Mechanically, the Tourer is conventional. It can be had with a petrol 1.4 that would appear worryingly modest were it not a downsized turbo of 138bhp.
The diesel offerings are the 134bhp 1.6 – Vauxhall’s newest and most refined diesel, and the 168bhp 2.0-litre. This is the most powerful engine available, and Vauxhall reckons that it’s good for a 9.1sec 0-60mph time, a 127mph top speed and CO2 emissions of 137g/km.
It comes with stop-start as standard, in contrast to the lesser pair of diesels, with the result that all three score the same 53.4mpg combined fuel consumption and identical CO2 emissions. The upcoming Ecoflex version will combine 128bhp with 119g/km of CO2. A six-speed automatic is available with the 163bhp diesel and the 1.4 turbo petrol.
Up front, the Tourer is suspended by the more refined subframe-isolated MacPherson strut layout borrowed from the Insignia, and the rear suspension is an adaptation of the Watt’s linkage-controlled torsion beam axle used by the Astra.
Vauxhall has also given the Zafira Tourer a much-needed facelift which majors on giving the MPV a similar face as the seventh generation Astra on the outside, an updated interior and a host of connectivity and driving assistance aids.