Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

There are no surprises here. All the materials, knobs and buttons are recognisable from the latest Astra.

A facelift in 2016 brought a new interior and touchscreen layout, reducing the number of buttons by migrating functions to the multimedia unit. Also added was a sculptured steering wheel small central boss for aesthetics and ergonomics.

With the addition of small windows in the A-pillars visibility is excellent, especially when pulling out of a junction.

Top trim Elite models get an extended windscreen with pull back sun visor. All this makes things feel incredibly light in the cabin. 

Vauxhall Zafira Tourer comfort levels are fairly high. Up front things are fairly comfortable. There’s plenty of movement in the seat and steering wheel making it easy to get in the right driving position.

There’s more than enough side bolstering too - it’s not like you need Recaro sports seats for the family jaunts to Sainsbury’s. There’s plenty of back support so it will take a ridiculously long journey before you even need to consider a chiropodist.

The middle seat in second row of seats can be folded down to act as an armrest for the two rear passengers. When this is down the middle passengers are then able to push their seats back and more central by a couple of inches – in to what Vauxhall calls lounge mode – and it offers much more legroom and comfortable travelling. As with most seven-seaters, the rear-most seats are adequate enough but any taller passengers won’t want to be shoved back here for too long.

On the road it’s fairly quiet. There’s very little road noise, a little engine noise from the diesel and some wind noise – down to the large wing mirrors more than anything.