What is it?
Vauxhall’s solution to the S-Max problem. Don’t let the Zafira name fool you; this is bigger, better-rounded car intended to compete at the increasingly busy seven-seat end of the compact MPV market.
The Tourer will sit above the current Zafira in Vauxhall’s lineup, and is intended as a premium alternative to its humdrum sibling. Not that the pair share much DNA: the larger car sits on a bespoke platform which affords it an additional 57mm of length in the wheelbase and a substantially wider track.
It also also borrows several major chassis components from the Insignia and Astra to improve dynamic performance, and offer the saloon-like responses which has earned Ford so much critical acclaim.
Inside the Flex7 seating system – once the Zafira’s party trick – has been redesigned and the car’s cabin materials have been upgraded. The motor lineup is propped up by an aged 1.8-litre and new-fangled 1.4-litre petrol engines, but three versions of the same 2.0-litre diesel unit (108bhp, 127bhp and 162bhp) will form the vast majority of sales.
What’s it like?
Conspicuously handsome. Vauxhall’s evolutionary style has been threatening a looker for some time now, and with the bullet train-inspired Tourer it has finally succeeded where the Astra and Insignia failed. By design MPV’s cannot veer far from a preformed cube, but from boomerang headlights to ‘blade’ flanks, Vauxhall’s British-led team has produced a polished head turner.