My partner and I own a Vauxhall zafira. And on the whole it is good car, its very spacious and gets from a to b reliably. There have been a couple of issues with the car recently the power steering pump needed replacing, the car moves like boat without its power steering. The other issue lies with the turbo injector. The car doesn't get used enough on motorways or roads with speed limits of 50 or 60 enough. My partner has been told that she needs to go on roads where she can put her foot down but has a fear of these roads and avoids them if she can. And so there is a long running issue with the turbo injector and it keeps needing a little attention. But if you can put your foot down on a regular basis our mechanic said that there will never be issues with the turbo injector.
The space is definitely a selling point with this vehicle. We have recently had items in such as a fridge/freezer, settees, 3m long lino, so the space that comes with the car is very appealing.
Manoeuvres in a car this size definitely take some getting used to. I struggled at first but have now got used to its size and everything is fine. I learnt to drive in a ford fiesta, and was up until driving a zafira was the only car I had driven, so using a car this size was a definite shock to me.
We are now looking for a new car, but this is due to not needing such a big car. We very rarely have more than three or four people in it, and we could quite easily fit our shopping into a smaller car. Overall this car is a good reliable car, but is no longer suited to our needs. It is a car that I would recommend to people who are looking for a large family car. But they are not cheap to run. But that is expected with any car, especially bigger cars. But its reliable, its spacious, it does the job well. I can't fault the car.
We've had this car for a while now and overall we're very pleased with it.
It's a 7-seater which with 2 older and one young child is a must for us as the little one's car seat caused the other back seat passengers to be cramped in our previous car. The Zafira is smaller than some of the other options we considered, and a bit lower roofed than the Chrysler Voyager which was our other "finalist" when choosing the new car.
We went with diesel for a couple of reasons, importantly it gets more MPG (or better MP£) than the petrol version. Also the main driver at the time was diesel powered at work and putting the wrong fuel in our car could prove costly!
The car is used every day for an average of about 2 hours, covering 50 or so miles a day. The MPG varies a little depending on the use of the car, but on average is somewhere just under 40.
One of the things we liked about the car was the flat folding back seats, and the vertical folding middle row which slide right up to the front seats. This makes the car very versatile, covering a general day (one of the back seats up) for space and comfort for the kids, to a 2 seat estate car that has come in very handy for runs to the local tip during our recent house renovation.
The ride of the car is smooth, and considering the purpose of the design, it handles as well as can be expected. Being diesel and heavy it isn't away from the lights super fast, but we've grown out of that anyway. The acceleration from 10-70 is more than adequate.
We've had the car a while now, and it has never once failed to start. The only problems we've had have been on one rear brake caliper which seized and cost a couple of hundred pounds to have repaired. Apparently this is the one common defect on the model, so we are about to have the other side done to avoid being off the road at an inconvenient time.
As with all cars of this type, luggage space is scarce when the seats are all up, but we generally run with at least one seat down so it's rarely an issue.
Overall, we feel we made the right choice as this car is better value for money than most of the competition.