Vauxhall Zafira Tourer gets a nose job, and a new interior, for 2016 | CAR Magazine

Vauxhall Zafira Tourer gets a nose job, and a new interior, for 2016

Published: 31 May 2016

► Facelift time for Zafira Tourer
► New grille, lights, equipment

► Launches in UK October 2016

Vauxhall has given its Zafira Tourer people carrier an overhaul for 2016, with the revamped seven-seater going on sale in the UK in October.

There’s an extensive facelift up front, with a massive black ’n’ chrome bar across the new, Astra-ish nose, blending into a fresh daytime running light design.

What’s new inside?

A redesigned instrument panel, with a 7in multimedia screen now integrated within the dashboard rather than mounted on top of it. In line with current fashion, certain physical switches have been deleted in favour of touchscreen controls.

Two different multimedia systems are available: the ‘R4.0 IntelliLink’ option which includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and the ‘Navi 950 IntelliLink’, which adds factory-fit sat-nav.

Vauxhall’s OnStar system is standard across the range, with a 4G-powered wi-fi hotspot, emergency assistance in the event of a crash, and an array of concierge services.

As before, there’s a sliding storage box and cup-holder mouldings on aluminium rails between the front seats, and the middle seatback in the second row can fold down and rotate, to allow maximum elbow-waggling room for outer-edge passengers. The third row fold flat into the boot floor when not in use.

Anything else I should know?

Adaptive LED headlamps and electronically controlled adaptive dampers are an option, as is the ‘Flex-Fix’ bicycle rack which folds out of the rear bumper, can carry up to four bikes and still enables the tailgate to be opened.

The trademark enormous windscreen extending above the driver and front passengers’ heads is standard on all models, as is a collection of active safety systems including forward collision alert, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control.

Prices are yet to be confirmed; expect a modest increase over the current Zafira Tourer’s £17,815 start-off point. 

The new Vauxhall Zafira 2016

By James Taylor

Former features editor for CAR, occasional racer