Vauxhall has set its sights on the Ford S-Max and Ford Galaxy markets now that its Zafira and Meriva MPVs have done so well. With the launch of the 2013 7-seater Vauxhall Zafira Tourer, the manufacturers have managed to somewhat enter the arena and compete with both of these cars.
The Tourer follows the formula of features found in many other MPVs. What’s different with the latest Zarifa Tourer, however, is its looks. Vauxhall has put a lot of effort into boosting the looks and style of the 2013 Zafira Tourer, and this is evident by comparing the aesthetics with that of previous models.
Variety of Engine Choices
In terms of a 7-seater car, the Vauxhall Zafira Tourer is far from underpowered. It is quite powerful as far as people carriers go, and has a wide range of different engine choices with varying horsepower. These start with a 1.4L petrol engine, with the 2.0L 138 bhp engine expected to be the most popular. This gives a great balance between power and fuel consumption and will probably be the favorite choice for families. The machine has a top speed of 119 mph and a fuel economy in the mid-50s.
The Tourer is also backed by a wonderful suspension system that uses the same front-mounted strut on a separate subframe as is used in the Insignia. Moreover, the rear end of the vehicle does not have any multi-link arrangement. The car also includes the FlexRide adaptive damping systems, which are offered by Vauxhall. This system helps the car to intelligently adapt so that it can suit the road conditions, vehicle movements, cornering speeds as well as individual driving styles.
Blueinjection SCR technology is also used in the latest version of the Zarifa Tourer to make the exhaust cleaner. This system injects AdBlue liquid into the car’s exhaust gases to help cut down on the car’s harmful emissions and make them much safer. So, the diesel Tourer is now much more like the gasoline engine version in terms of how good it is for the environment.
It also has a cool stop-start button. In terms of its design, the Vauxhall Zafira Tourer truly packs a punch. It boasts an extremely smart-looking design and has flanks that feature twin swage lines, huge wheel arches, and headlamps that can seamlessly transform into driving lamps.
The Zafira Interior with 7 Seats
The Tourer’s interior is very light because of its panoramic roof and the clever way the seats are set up. If needed, the Tourer’s third row can be folded down all the way to make more room for luggage. The second row can also be folded or adjusted to offer more legroom to the passengers seated in the third row. Other features include power steering, central locking, alloy wheels, and a built-in sat nav system.
The car is also considered to be extremely safe and has received 5-star ratings in the Euro NCAP crash tests. It has been said that the Zafira Tourer doesn’t quite offer the same level of space that is present in some larger MPVs, such as the SEAT Alhambra for example.
The final verdict for the 2013 Vauxhall Zafira Tourer is that if one is in the market for a seven-seater, the Tourer definitely offers a great option and boasts good economy and a decent pace. If you are looking to purchase a new model of Tourer, you would be looking at around £21,000.
Chris Miller is an auto journalist who specializes in reviewing new cars and providing helpful advice on family vehicles. He has a passion for cars and enjoys sharing his knowledge and expertise with others.