Test Opel Zafira Excellence 1.6 CDTI 134 HP, resist the “attack on SUV”

Almost every day we say the fashion of the SUVS and the new european tastes are finishing with the most product segment sedans and mpvs. This is a reality, but there are still brave men who fight in a war almost lost. One of them is the Opel Zafira.

Today we are at the controls of the refurbished Opel Zafira, one of the station wagons sold, if not the most. This model was born in 1999, at the height of the segment, highlighted by its wide modularity and the ability to travel up to seven occupants in its interior. Since then it has rained, but it is still one of the minivans most complete and interesting in the market. we tested It with engine 1.6 CDTI 134 HP, finish Excellence and a cabin with three rows of seats. Do you accompany us?

Conservative on the outside

Despite the technological change that has received the new Opel Zafira, the aesthetic has not been significantly altered. Is still easily recognizable as the minivan of the brand, now taking on the new image design of the German firm. In this way, we find, in his front, with the new language from Opel incorporating the usual headlights with the dual wing LED on its top. It also adopts the new grille, with a chrome-plated slat of custody of the logo of the brand and communicates the optical main. In our case we have the Adaptive headlights Intelligent, at a cost of 914 euros.

side view is the typical minivan, with a hood short, low and inclined. This bias remains strong in the large windshield. The ceiling is completely flat and drops vertically at the end of the same. Highlights its wide glass area on the side. The contours of the windows chrome finishes bring a touch of elegance to this Opel Zafira and its finish Excellence. The rims are 17 inches and design multirradio.

Probably the outer part that the least change over its predecessor is behind. The pilots have lighting total LED and the forms are something simple. Opel has not wanted to design a car daring aesthetically, rather the opposite. Have been fairly conservative as their regular customer in this segment is not attention-seeking. The gate is of large dimensions, which makes it much easier our day-to-day to load and unload the trunk.

dimensions Opel Zafira 4,67 meters long, by 1,93 wide and 1,66 high. The distance between the front and rear axles is of 2,76 meters.

Very spacious, and comfortable seven-seater

One of the points strong of the famous minivan of Opel is its great habitability, something that helps it to be one of the largest among its rivals. There will be space in their places front and, in addition, its slightly elevated driving position allows us to control the traffic without problems by your best vision. Some of thank with large vehicles in urban environments. We feel baggy in your driving position.

second row of seats is very good. Can we take a long road trip with five occupants with the security that none of our companions will feel uncomfortable. In these three seats can travel three adults of average size-big without estrechuras and without stress. In addition, we played with the trick of the sidewalk sliding, and may move longitudinally of each of the three squares to give some more space to the trunk or to the occupants of the third row. And as we talk about the third row of seats, we will not deceive: it is very fair for two adults and their access to it is difficult. However, it can be used by children or used with adults in specific cases.

with Respect to trunk, cubic 710 litre capacity in the configuration of five seats, which is more than fine, and 1,860 liters if you also “hide” the second row. In case of deploying the seven available seats in the trunk is laughable, I must say, with a maximum capacity of 152 litres.

And conservative on the inside

Opel has not been broken, the head with the exterior design, but also with the inside. Despite this, there are some changes that update the image of your car. Maintains the base of its predecessor, but we do find what’s new in the design of the instrument cluster with new dials and backlight in white or in the console with fewer buttons and controls than before. The steering wheel is also new, being identical to that of the Opel Astra. Much more logical and intuitive than before.

it is Worth noting the large number of holes slides of its interior, with a multitude of sliding drawers in the central console and good space in the doors. We will facilitate the emptying of our pockets and that of our companions to undertake a journey, as well as the subject of water bottles or soft drinks. A ten in this sense. We also liked the wipes, lens hood for the side windows in the rear that come in the pack “Versatility,” (312 euros). We also have air vents for the second row of seats in the central pillars, to be thankful on these hot dates.

finally, almost all fall well to hand and intuitively. It is easy to get used to the handling of the controls on the steering wheel and also to navigate through the different menus of your infotainment system. The display is color and has dimensions of 7 inches, with browser Navi950 for a price of 721 euros. We do not forget the famous system OnStar of the brand that can, in case of emergency or accident, contact emergency services. Also we have a WiFi 4G capable of supporting up to seven devices at once.

Range mechanics of the Opel Zafira

The Opel Zafira is available with two versions of petrol, three diesel and one LPG. In gas we have a block 1.4 Turbo is available with outputs of 120 and 140 HP. The supply of mechanical diesel is composed by the block 1.6 CDTI with outputs of 120 and 134 HP, plus a 2.0-liter 170 HP. The version of LPG born of the 1.4 Turbo 140 HP conveniently adapted to the use of this less-polluting fuel. All of them sent their energy to the front and are associated with a manual change of six relations, except the 1.4 Turbo 140 HP and the 2.0 CDTI can also use an automatic transmission.

1.6 CDTI 134 HP

The unit that we tested in the Current Engine associated with the engine 1.6 CDTI of 134 HP. This powertrain develops a maximum power of 134 BHP between 3,500 and 4,000 rpm, as well as a maximum torque of 320 Nm at 2,000 rpm. An engine very full and profitable virtually from 1,600 rpm up to the court. average consumption approved is 4.5 liters every 100 kilometres travelled.

Going to the consumption obtained, in journeys by motorway, we move between 5.5 and 5.8 l/100 km consumption purely urban in a normal driving is also not high for the mass of more than 1,700 pounds, conforming with approximately 6.5 liters. At the end of our test, after nearly 900 kilometers, the instrumentation reflects a consumption average of 5.3 liters.

In search of maximum comfort

Our impressions on this propellant is that it can be the ideal if we do not usually travel with the car to the gills and twisty roads of the mountain. That is to say, if we will give it a normal use, to take the kids to school, doing the shopping and some weekend getaway, its behavior is quite correct. On the highway is not far short while to go very loaded. Have some noise at low revs and strong acceleration is felt slightly in the passenger compartment.

moreover, the Opel Zafira is a car very comfortable and easy to drive in all of the usual conditions of use. The seats of our unit (at least the driver and front passenger) are the most comfortable we’ve tested in a long time. Our companions also highlighted this paragraph.

Also has some details, at least in the us, we have not finished like. One of them is the place in which are found the controls to manage the travel information that is projected on the screen of the box iinstruments. They are located in the remote satellite of the jerkiness and think that it would be more logical to locate it in the steering wheel itself. Also it has seemed to us that the pedals were something together among themselves, which took us time to adapt, just as we did with the brake, too fluffy for our taste.

, We are before a minivan pretty heavy, so we didn’t expect to find us with a chassis that is too stiff. What is certain is that it has seemed to us a little more soft than usual, but without getting to be uncomfortable due to excessive inclinations. For that we have three driving modes (normal,tour and sport) that adapt the response of the engine and the tare of the suspension. The sport mode seemed to be the most suitable for the behavior of the suspensions in normal driving. In any case, despite having a sport mode, the Opel Zafira is not the car most suitable to search for sensations amusing, as you could imagine.


The Opel Zafira takes 18 years in the market being one of the main models of this segment of minivans. If even with the clear decrease of the sales of this segment, the Zafira is still staying strong, it is clear that that is not a grace of the customers, but because it is a very well-balanced. The general impressions that we have conveyed to this unit, valued at 35.808 euros (final price with discounts according to the configurator of the brand 29.441 euros), is that will continue to war for a long time.

Focused on families, makes it clear that a minivan, as it has no envy, nor will he keep jealousy to a SUV. It is spacious, very comfortable and has a correct answer with a consumption that is very very tight; little more you could ask for.

Equipment on the Opel Zafira


  • Steering assistance adaptive
  • startup Wizard in costs
  • steel Wheels 16 inch with tyres 215/60
  • tire repair Kit
  • driver’s Seat adjustable in four directions
  • rear Seats, split folding rear individually
  • Air conditioning
  • cruise Control
  • Lighting, LED daytime
  • Radio IntelliLink 4.0 with touch screen and 7-inch color
  • MP3, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • steering wheel Controls
  • Cabin five-seater


  • leather steering Wheel
  • alloy Wheels of 16 inches
  • center Console with armrest
  • electric Windows in the four doors
  • Opel OnStar
  • passenger Compartment seven-seater


  • electric parking Brake
  • alloy Wheels of 17 inches
  • center Console with armrest sliding
  • Climate control bizona
  • front fog lamps
  • rear headlights-LED –
  • rear windows obscured
  • Profiles of the windows chrome
  • parking Assistant front and rear
  • rain Sensor and lights
  • roof Rails in silver colour

Prices of the Opel Zafira

Motor Transmission Finish Price
Motor Transmission Finish Price
1.4 Turbo 120 CV Manual 6v Expression 22.350 €
1.6 CDTI 120 CV Manual 6v Expression 24.050 €
1.4 Turbo 140 CV Manual 6v Selective 26.200 €
1.6 CDTI 120 CV Manual 6v Selective 27.400 €
1.6 CDTI 134 HP Manual 6v Selective 28.000 €
1.4 Turbo GLP 140hp Manual 6v Selective 26.749 €
1.4 Turbo 140 CV Manual 6v Excellence 28.500 €
1.6 CDTI 134 HP Manual 6v Excellence 30.300 €
1.4 Turbo 140 CV Automatic 6v Excellence 29.700 €
2.0 CDTI 170 CV Automatic 6v Excellence 33.100 €
2.0 CDTI 170 CV Manual 6v Excellence 31.500 €

the Opinion of the editor

  • editor’s Rating

  • Score 4.5 stars
22.350 to 33.100

  • Opel Zafira 1.6 CDTI 134 CV Excellence
  • Review of:
  • Published: June 19, 2017
  • Last modified: June 19, 2017
  • exterior Design
    Editor: 65%
  • Design interior
    Editor: 70%
  • Seats, front
    Editor: 90%
  • rear Seats
    Editor: 95%
  • Editor: 90%
  • Editor: 80%
  • Editor: 85%
  • Editor: 90%
  • Editor: 80%

Summary: We find ourselves in a time in which the segment of the SUV is devastating sedans and minivans. Today we have put ourselves at the wheel of a minivan that carries 18 years in the market having great success: we tested the updated Opel Zafira


  • interior Space and trunk
  • Modularity of their seats
  • Comfort and ease of driving


  • exterior Design is something sober
  • Suspension something soft for our taste
  • Handling of the travel information

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