Vauxhall Zafira (2005 – 2014) Review

Vauxhall Zafira (2005 – 2014) At A Glance


+Compact yet can house seven people. Rearmost seats fold into floor. More versatile mid-row seating than previous model. Excellent diesel auto.

-Spare wheel is vulnerable to theft. Some build quality concerns. Potential catastrophes with 1.9 diesel engine. Avoid any 1.9 diesels more than 6 years old as a used buy.

Insurance Groups are between 10–30
On average it achieves 85% of the official MPG figure

This test is to answer an often-asked question. The World isn't exactly overflowing with 7-seater diesel automatics. So is the new Zafira diesel auto any good?

It's up against the Touran DSG, the forthcoming new Sharan DSG, the forthcoming new Galaxy 1.8 diesel automatic, the last of the old Shalambra diesel automatics. And that's about it.

Real MPG average for a Vauxhall Zafira (2005 – 2014)


Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance


Real MPG

21–56 mpg

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Diesel or petrol? If you're unsure whether to go for a petrol or diesel (or even an electric model if it's available), then you need our Petrol or Diesel? calculator. It does the maths on petrols, diesels and electric cars to show which is best suited to you.

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I'm looking at two used cars, one LPG and one diesel - which is the better choice?
"I'm looking to buy a secondhand, seven-seater car that runs on LPG. I wanted an LPG car because I'm looking for a way to save money on fuel costs. However, I never had an LPG car before. I've shortlisted two cars but one of them is not LPG so would like your advice on which one is better to buy. The first is a 2009 Vauxhall Zafira, Petrol/LPG, 98k miles for £1150. I asked the seller if the timing belt was changed and he said no, but also told me not to worry about it because this is a petrol car and that diesel cars are the ones that have problem with the timing belt. Second is a 2007 Vauxhall Zafira B 1.8,16v design, diesel, 93k miles for £1195. It has a full service history, stamp, cambelt was changed at 88k miles and was well looked after."
Do not buy the LPG Zafira. The seller is talking rubbish - it should have had its timing belt changed years ago. And even if the service history was good (which it isn't), I wouldn't recommend buying a 10 year-old-car that runs on LPG - the costs will be huge if anything goes wrong with it. A seven-seat version of the Kia Carens would be a much more reliable choice.
Answered by Dan Powell
We bought a faulty car from 130 miles away - do we have to take it back to this dealer for repairs?
"We bought a 2008 Vauxhall Zafira, 55,000 miles, for £2495 on 22 July 2017 and drove the 130 miles home with no issues. On the 23 July the exhaust emissions light came on, so I contacted the seller and said we would take it back as soon as we were able to. A few days later, the car developed a clunking noise on the passenger side. I contacted the seller again about this and they've said we can take the car back for repair on 3 August as this is the soonest we will have time to take the car in. I'd like to know if the car is safe to drive and who's responsibility would it be to get the car there? Also, in the three month warranty it states that if the vehicle is dealt with by another garage then it invalidates it. Where do we stand on this or are we able to reject the car as it's not satisfactory or fit for purpose?"
Law here: The dealer is responsible for any faults that could have been present or developing on the car on date of sale for six months from date of sale. The three month warranty is irrelevant. But you do have to take it back to him for repair.
Answered by Honest John
Where is the evaporative purge control on my Zafira?
"Could point me in the right direction to locate the evaporative purge control valve on my 2008 Vauxhall Zafira 1.6 please?"
We believe it is just behind the air filter box.
Answered by Alan Ross
Is it a risky gamble to buy a 2010 Vauxhall Zafira with no service history?
"I have the opportunity to buy a 2010 Vauxhall Zafira, with 77,000 miles on the clock, from a local independent garage. They can't find the service history book so has to sell car as NSH although he is going to try and contact the previous owners to track it down if possible. My local mechanic has offered to come and view the vehicle with me (£40 fee) and I would be having cambelt, filters, oil change and service carried out immediately. Would you suggest purchasing this vehicle if my mechanic says it's okay? I don't really intend to sell on as I'd like to keep for as long as possible, so resale isn't a concern to me. Price is £2700 but I will be asking for a considerable discount due to no history. Is there any really expensive lasting damage that could have been done had it not had any type of service in its seven years (unlikely, but have to consider it being as no documentation to prove otherwise)?"
This is dirt cheap so, with your planned precautions, you could take a punt. As well as the timing belt, tensioner, waterpump, aux belt, the CDTI engine can have inlet manifold swirl flap problems.
Answered by Honest John
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