After tasting grand success with its Zafira and Meriva MPV’s, Vauxhall has now set its sights on the Ford S-Max and Ford Galaxy markets. With the launch of the 2013 7 Seater Vauxhall Zafira Tourer, the manufacturers have managed to somewhat enter the arena and compete with both these cars. The Tourer contains the formula of features that is common in many other MPV’s. 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 under powered. It is quite powerful as far as people carriers go, and has a wide range of different engine choices with varying horsepowers. These range from a 1.4L petrol with the most popular in the range expected to be the 2.0L 138bhp engine. This gives a great balance between power and fuel consumption and will probably be the favourite choice for families. The machine has a top speed of 119 mph and a fuel economy within the mid 50′s. The Tourer is also backed by a wonderful suspension system which uses the same front mounted strut on a separate sub frame 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 the individual driving styles.
The latest version of the Zarifa Tourer also includes a cleaner exhaust thanks to its Blueinjection SCR technology. This system injects AdBlue liquid into the exhaust gases of the vehicle to help reduce the nasty emissions and make them significantly more harmless. Thus, the diesel Tourer is now much closer to the petrol engine variety in terms of environmental friendliness and also comes with a cool stop start button facility. In terms of its design, the Vauxhall Zafira Tourer truly packs a punch. It boasts of an extremely smart looking design and has flanks that feature twin swage lines, huge wheel arches and headlamps which can seamlessly transform into driving lamps.
The Zafira Interior with 7 Seats
The interiors of the Tourer are extremely light thanks to its panoramic roof and extremely clever seating arrangements. The entire third row of the Tourer can also be completely folded to add to luggage space if required. The second row can also be folded or adjusted to offer more legroom to the passengers seated in the third rows. 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 of 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.