Vauxhall Zafira Tourer (2012–2018)

Model History

February 2011

Vauxhall’s Zafira Tourer Concept shown

Vauxhall’s Flex7 seating makes a welcome return in the concept, but in this application it has evolved still further. With two rows in place, providing five-seat capacity, the Zafira concept can be transformed at the push of a button into a four-seater with limousine levels of space. A clever new folding mechanism allows the centre section of the second row to fold down, revealing two armrests for occupants in the outer seats. These seats can then slide back and towards each other, creating generous levels of space around passengers. Extended footrests complement the seating system still further.

The concept’s tilt-able three-piece headrests are electrically powered, though for safety reasons the driver’s remains in a vertical position when the car is in motion. In the ‘lounge’ setting, with the exception of the driver’s headrest, each swivels 90 degrees to the horizontal position while the outer elements curve slightly forward.

Up front, a large touch-screen display dominates the centre console, above which a covered storage compartment can hold a tablet PC like an iPad. The heating can be controlled using two turn knobs below the display, and air conditioning via touch-buttons.

May 2011

Vauxhall confirms the Zafira Tourer for production

Called the Zafira Tourer, the new model will sit above the current Zafira model in Vauxhall’s line-up and is set to raise the bar for design, luxury, flexibility and innovation in the MPV sector.

The Zafira Tourer will also hold great driver appeal. A new chassis, using key components from the Insignia, with a longer wheelbase (complementing its 190mm increase in overall length) and wider tracks, will provide outstanding dynamics, while offering occupants more cabin space and ride comfort. Vauxhall’s acclaimed FlexRide adaptive damping system – a rarity in this class – will also be available as an option.

A great emphasis has been placed on safety in the Zafira Tourer, with a plethora of driver-assist systems making a first appearance in the new model. 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 – are among the option highlights.

Two new engines – a 1.4 Turbo petrol and a 2.0 CDTi diesel (with three outputs) – join a 1.8-litre petrol unit to offer a spread of power options from 110PS to 165PS.

The entire third row can still be folded flush with the floor of the luggage area, but rather than being a bench, the second row now comprises three separate seats that can be folded and moved fore and aft through 210mm, giving third-row passengers the potential of extra room compared with the current Zafira.

Passengers in the second row also benefit from new levels of space and versatility. Thanks to a clever folding mechanism (available on certain models), the back of the middle seat now folds forward and rotates, providing occupants in the outer seats with individual armrests. So configured, the outer seats can move fore and aft through 280mm (+80mm compared with the current Zafira) and also move by 50 millimetres towards the centre of the car, giving passengers improved shoulder and elbow room, and the feeling of limousine-levels of space and comfort.

The Zafira Tourer’s load volumes have also increased over the existing Zafira. In five-seat mode, the luggage area can now hold up to 710 litres (up 65 litres versus current Zafira), and up to 1860 litres (+40 litres) when all rear seats are folded.

FlexConsole, a central storage system running between the front seats (similar to that found in last year’s Meriva), allows occupants to keep the large cabin tidy and ordered. An armrest module, incorporating a stowage cubby, and a cup holder slide and lock into the desired position, giving front passengers greater flexibility while they’re on the move.

For the first time in a Zafira model, a new-generation FlexFix is also available. The integrated bicycle carrier neatly fits into the rear bumper and pulls out like a drawer to accommodate two bikes, without the need for any special fixing tools.

Compared with the current Zafira, the Tourer’s wheelbase and tracks have all grown substantially, improving both the ride and stability of the car. The wheelbase is now 2760mm (+57mm), while the tracks are 1584mm at the front (+96mm) and 1588mm in the rear (+78mm).

The Zafira Tourer’s diesel engine range will comprise three versions of Vauxhall’s Euro-5 compliant 2.0CDTi common rail unit, also found in the Insignia and Astra. Power outputs start with a choice of either 110PS or 130PS, while the most powerful engine has been upgraded to produce 165PS.

The petrol range comprises a downsized 1.4 Turbo unit, producing 140PS, and a naturally aspirated 1.8-litre with 140PS. Availability of Start/Stop on certain petrol and diesel engines will be revealed later in the year.

Six-speed manual transmissions will be standard with all 1.4T and 2.0 CDTi engines, with the option of a six-speed automatic on certain models. A five-speed manual ‘box is available with the 1.8-litre petrol model.

March 2013

Engine line-up extended

First of European GM line up to get GM's new 136PS/320Nm 1.6 CDTI engine. Along with a high 136PS (higher than Renault's and Hondas's new 1.6 diesels) the new CDTi unit has a decent 320Nm of torque while official economy figures are 68.9mpg in the Zafira Tourer. Performance looks good with a 0-62mph time of 10.4 seconds and Vauxhall is promising low levels of noise and vibration which is good news given the criticism of the unrefined 1.7 CDTi which the new engine will eventually replace.

September 2016

Improvements to Zafira Tourer announced

New model in showrooms from October 2016 across the UK, priced from £18,615 on-the-road. 2017 Zafira Tourer comes with an attractive new exterior and interior that emphasises its spacious design and outstanding in-car connectivity. The latest model comes with all the well-known virtues of its predecessor such as the Flex7 seating system, ergonomically-certified AGR front seats, the Flex-Fix bicycle carrier and FlexRide adaptive damping. The new Zafira Tourer range includes Design, Energy, SRi, SRi Nav, SE, Tech Line, Elite and Elite Nav trim levels.

The latest generation Vauxhall IntelliLink infotainment systems with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and OnStar, including 4G/LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, ensure the Zafira Tourer offers optimum connectivity while on the road. Vauxhall has also introducing full LED Adaptive Forward Lighting headlamps to the Zafira Tourer range.

Model On-the-road price
1.4i 140ps Turbo £18,615
1.4i 140ps Turbo Auto £20,135
2.0CDTi 170ps S/S £21,625
2.0CDTi 170ps Auto £22,750
1.4i 140ps Turbo £21,735
1.4i 140ps Turbo Auto £23,255
2.0CDTi 170ps S/S £24,745
2.0CDTi 170ps Auto £25,870
1.4i 140ps Turbo £23,280
1.4i 140ps Turbo Auto £24,800
2.0CDTi 170ps S/S £26,355
2.0CDTi 170ps Auto £27,415
SRi Nav
1.4i 140ps Turbo £23,980
1.4i 140ps Turbo Auto £25,500
2.0CDTi 170ps S/S £27,055
2.0CDTi 170ps Auto £28,115
1.4i 140ps Turbo £23,265
1.4i 140ps Turbo Auto £24,785
2.0CDTi 170ps S/S £26,275
2.0CDTi 170ps Auto £27,400
Tech Line
1.4i 140ps Turbo £20,310
1.4i 140ps Turbo Auto £21,830
2.0CDTi 170ps S/S £23,320
2.0CDTi 170ps Auto £24,445
1.4i 140ps Turbo £24,745
1.4i 140ps Turbo Auto £26,265
2.0CDTi 170ps S/S £27,820
2.0CDTi 170ps Auto £28,880
Elite Nav
1.4i 140ps Turbo £25,445
1.4i 140ps Turbo Auto £26,965
2.0CDTi 170ps S/S £28,520
2.0CDTi 170ps Auto £29,580

October 2017

Zafira now available with Navi 4.0 IntelliLink infotainment system

Featuring a seven-inch touch screen and Bluetooth-connectivity, Navi 4.0 IntelliLink is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The navigation system delivers route guidance and offers European roadmaps displayed in 2D or 3D.

Thanks to Vauxhall Onstar, all passengers can surf the internet using their mobile devices via the OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot. As an alternative to speaking to an OnStar advisor and when it is safe to do so, you can also have destinations sent straight to the Navi 4.0 IntelliLink navigation system (Destination Download) via the My Vauxhall smartphone app.

April 2018

Rumour that production of Zafira Tourer to end, presumabkly due to product conflict with Citroen C4 Grand Space Tourer (formerly Grand Picasso).

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