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Vauxhall Zafira Estate engines, drive and performance

1999 - 2005 (change model)
Performance rating: 4 out of 54.0

Written by Parkers Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019

The heavy body means the 1.6 isn’t quite up to the job, the 1.8 is a better all-rounder and will suit most needs. 2.2 is a brisk performer without being hot, which is left to the athletic 2.0 turbo in the GSi. Zafira is without an impressive diesel engine. The early 2.0 Di is slow, low on power and unrefined. The 2.0 DTi from mid-2000 is an improvement, with more power and performance.

However, neither is a truly modern choice and is only suitable for the long-distance motorway driver.

Zafira is largely based on the Astra – and it shows on the road. Its taller, chunkier body means it’s not as supple, but it still handles more like a conventional car than a bulky MPV. It’s easy to manoeuvre and good all-round visibility makes it easy to drive around town.