Vauxhall has announced prices for its new seven-seat MPV, the Zafira Tourer.
Essentially a slightly larger, more luxurious version of the regular Zafira MPV, it aims to bring a touch of class to a segment dominated more by utility-oriented vehicles.
Performance and economy: turbo engines
The Zafira Tourer is available with a choice of two petrol engines, a 1.8-litre or 1.4-litre turbo, and one diesel option in the form of a 2.0 turbo.
Available only with a five-speed manual gearbox, the 1.8 develops 138bhp, returns a claimed 39.2mpg on the combined cycle and emits 169g/km CO2. Aside from being the cheapest entry point into the Zafira Tourer range, it is not likely to offer drivers anything over the 1.4, which not only produces the same power, but uses less fuel (42.2mpg or 44.8mpg if equipped with stop-start) and is available with a six-speed manual as standard, with a six-speed automatic available as an option.
The smaller engine is also usefully quicker, taking 9.9secs to get from 0-62mph, compared with 10.9secs for the 1.8. It also sits one car tax band lower, in band G – dropping to F if equipped with stop/start. With tax savings alone of up to £60 per year, as well as cheaper running costs, the 1.4-litre turbo looks like the engine of choice for those who prefer petrol power.
The 2.0-litre turbo-diesel is available in three guises. The first develops 108bhp, returns 54.3mpg and emits 137g/km CO2. The more powerful 163bhp version impressively manages the same fuel economy and emissions figures, despite the greater performance on offer.
The mid-range 128bhp version is likely to be most popular with UK buyers, as it provides the best compromise between performance and economy. Equipped with start/stop, it will return 62.8mpg and emits just 119g/km C02, meaning VED is just £30 per year. The 0-62mph sprint takes 10.6secs, 1.5secs slower than the more powerful version, but 0.9secs faster than the 108bhp unit.
All diesel models come with a six-speed manual as standard, with the six-speed automatic only an option on the 163bhp version.
Zafira Tourer trim levels
The Zafira Tourer is available in five trim levels: ES, Exclusiv, SRI, SE and Elite.
Even in its most basic form, ES, it is competitively specified, with cruise control, air conditioning and MP3-compatible stereo as standard. Exclusiv builds on this with ambient lighting, USB connectivity and a plethora of storage compartments.
SRI trim is more sports-oriented, with a roof spoiler, front foglights and 18-inch alloy wheels giving a purposeful exterior appearance. The interior is similarly enhanced, with sports pedals and tinted windows.
SE spec majors on comfort, and features ‘lounge’ seating in the second row of seats. Further highlights include chrome exterior detailing, an electronic parking brake and extended ambient interior lighting.
Top of the range Elite spec comes with ergonomic sports seats in the front, as well as the lounge seating arrangement and an upgraded centre console.
All models in the range have Vauxhall’s ‘Flex7’ seating arrangement, in which the last two row of seats fold completely flat into the boot floor.
Prices from £21,000
The Zafira Tourer range starts at £21,000 for the 1.8i ES, which undercuts its closest rival, the Ford S-Max, by over £1,200. The most expensive model, the 2.0 CDTI Elite has a list price of £28,465. A mid-range 2.0 CDTI SE comes in at £25,065. Expect to pay a premium of around £1,400 for car equipped with an automatic gearbox.
All Zafira Tourer models come with Vauxhall’s lifetime warranty, which covers the first owner up to 100,000 miles.
The Zafira Tourer is available now through all Vauxhall dealerships.
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