Road Test: Vauxhall Zafira Tourer 2.0 CDTi 130 ecoFlex S/S Tech Line
Sector: MPV Price: £22,075 Fuel: 62.8mpg CO2: 119g/km
Choosing which version of the Vauxhall Zafira Tourer to go for is something of a no-brainer.
In amongst all the many different models, one version stands out for its combination of emissions and equipment – the ecoFlex Tech Line model. For those not in the know, Tech Line is a fleet-friendly trim level that combines high levels of standard equipment with a lower P11D price than some of its lesser-equipped stablemates.
Sounds strange, but it’s true. The Tech Line model on test is £2,000 cheaper than the Exclusiv trim level, but adds a whole host of equipment to appeal to user-choosers. Firstly, there’s satellite navigation as standard, plus Bluetooth telephony and a DAB radio – all features designed to appeal to the company car driver while at work and also to the family at the weekend.
There’s also a host of visual differences, and tech changes, too. First of all, in ecoFlex trim with start/stop technology, the Zafira Tourer’s emissions drop from 137g/km in the CDTi 130 model to just 119g/km, while fuel economy rises from 54.3mpg to 62.8mpg.
Standard equipment includes 17-inch alloy wheels, chrome lower window mouldings, silver roof rails and high gloss black B-pillar and black mirror accents, and dark tinted rear glass. These certainly accentuate the styling of the Zafira Tourer, especially its prominent face, which adopts the light unit and bumper design of the Ampera.
Inside, there’s plenty of head and legroom in the first two rows, with the middle-row of seats sliding back and forth independently. Access to the third row is adequate, but these are seats best suited to children – adults will find it rather cramped in row three. All five rear seats fold flat to create a large load area.
In Tech Line trim, the Zafira Tourer offers a user-chooser an economical car for the week and a versatile family wagon for the weekend. That certainly ticks all the right boxes.