The new Vauxhall Zafira Tourer entry-level model is priced from £21,000.
And Vauxhall is chuffed to bits that the car is £1,200 less than its main rival, Ford s-Max. That is a remarkable amount of money which can drive customers away from the Ford, even if they think it’s the better car.
These days entry-level rarely means what you think it means. So the Zafira Tourer ES 1.8 (140PS) comes with loads of stuff, including air conditioning, DAB, cruise control, MP3/Aux In connections, 6 airbags, 7-speaker sound system, active headrests, and Flex7 seating, all standard.
Those willing to spend more, can choose one betwee Exclusiv, SRi, SE and Elite trims based on their needs and budget.
Among the options available for higher trims are high-tech features like Traffic Sign Recognition, Side Blind Spot Alert and Advance Park Assist – which helps drivers find an adequate parking space and guides them in to it.
As for the engines, you get two new units, a 1.4 Turbo petrol and a 2.0 CDTi diesel (with three outputs, including a 119g ecoFLEX version), and the old 1.8-litre petrol with output from 110PS to 165PS. The Zafira should also drive well, thanks to the fact that it inherits chassis setting from the Insignia sedan and that it uses FlexRide adaptive damping system.