Opel Zafira - car review

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Minivan Opel Zafira is a family car, the main advantage of which, above all, are practical and roomy interior. Compact 5-door body, memorable design and excellent handling combined with maximum comfort the main components of this car. Zafira debuted in 1999. By its technical properties, Zafira is very similar to Astra. Only differs slightly reinforced rear suspension. Kinship can be traced in the design of the front of the body, but the new, thanks to a large bumper with an additional air intake and chrome-edged grille, looks more solid.

Despite the fact that from the outside it seems small, under the compact exterior there is a spacious cabin suitable for any close or long-distance trips. Salon is spacious, due to a combination of low floor and high ceiling. Thanks to the Flex7 seating system, the Opel Zafira has tremendous functional flexibility. "Flex7" will allow you to quickly and easily change the configuration of the cabin to suit your needs. There are several options, the car can easily be turned into a seven-seater. To do this, you just need to remove two extra seats hidden in the boot floor using a special mechanism. In fact, a total of 49 interior configuration options can be created.

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Or vice versa, thanks to the folding rear seats, significantly increase the volume of the cargo compartment to 490 liters. For transportation of a larger luggage, you can move forward along the sled the middle three-seater seat or even fold it down altogether. In the second case, the capacity of the cargo compartment will increase to 1,700 liters. Comfortable seats can be easily adjusted according to the individual characteristics of the driver and passengers, ensuring maximum comfort. A lot of containers for trifles, holders, pockets and other practical devices allow you to place a huge amount of trifles, which is very convenient for a long road.

In addition to the basic configuration, Zafira is available in versions Comfort, Elegance, Selection Execituve and OPC. Depending on the series, the car can be equipped with air conditioning, audio system, on-board computer, child seats, sunroof and climate control. To ensure safety, Opel specialists have provided systems such as the DSA chassis, anti-lock braking system (ABS), power steering and much more to help prevent emergencies. Under the hood, a 16-valve engine with a displacement of 1.8 liters. Acceleration from zero to 100 km / h takes 12 seconds. In 2001, the charged version of the Zafira OPC (GSi Turbo) was introduced.

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Having kept a practicality of a usual minivan, the car got sports character. The exterior of the charged version features updated bumpers, a small rear spoiler and new sills. Complement the picture of a huge 17-inch alloy wheels with tires dimension 225/45, modified suspension and new brake discs of increased size. In the role of the main driving force Zafira Gsi Turbo is a two-liter 16-valve engine from the sports Astra Coupe, which accelerates the minivan to one hundred kilometers per hour in 7.6 seconds. The maximum speed of the car is 220 kilometers per hour. In 2003, given the emergence of numerous competitors, Opel decides to upgrade a little Zafira.

The car received a slightly modified appearance and a new list of options. Perhaps, this process will be difficult to call a complete restyling or modernization. In the exterior, a new falshradiator grille, which now, regardless of version and modification, has a chrome finish. Also, changes have affected the rear lights.

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All other updates need to look in the list of additional equipment. Now, as an option to your car, you can order chrome door handles, rims and rear, fifth door handles. Under the order offered finish center console "for aluminum" and chrome edging devices.

A new generation of Opel Zafira was presented in the spring of 2005 at the Geneva Motor Show. The car is built on a new platform, different in body design and can carry up to seven passengers on three rows of seats. Overall dimensions have increased markedly: length from 4.32 m increased to 4.47 m, width added 4 cm, and height - 1 cm. The engine range includes four petrol engines: a 1.6-liter 105 horsepower, a 1.8-liter 140-horsepower, a 2.2-liter 150 horsepower, and a two-liter turbo engine rated at 200 horsepower.

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In addition, there are three more turbo diesel volume of 1.9 liters with a capacity of 100, 120 and 150 horsepower. These motors are borrowed from the Italian concern Fiat. Trim and a new solution center console with the gear lever upwards create a coziness, a sense of reliability and provide excellent ergonomics. Thanks to the innovative patented Flex7 system, the interior space transforms in seconds. To ensure safety and driving confidence, the IDS Opel Zafira interactive control system coordinates the work of various active safety systems, such as the anti-lock braking system, the anti-skid system in cornering and the dynamic stabilization system.

Particularly noteworthy is the fact that Zafira 2005 received the highest possible rating of five stars in the crash tests of Euro NCAP. In early 2008, Zafira refreshed. Whether this Zafira is a new generation or an updated version, there is no definite answer. We can only state the fact that almost everything has changed in Zafira, but these changes are not global. Updated Zafira looks muscular predecessor. The presence of expressive design elements in the front and rear parts of the body, give this compact minivan a sporty appearance.

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The picture of the grille is underlined by chrome inserts. Volumetric rear lights with integrated transparent blocks at the level of the reverse indicators "rely" on the chrome strip. Everything is strictly but stylish. On the Russian market, the Zafira is available in four trim levels: Essentia, Enjoi, Cosmo and OPC. Special attention is given to trim, which once again demonstrates the quality of the German assembly. The interior design was somewhat refreshed with chrome edging of climate-control and audio systems, as well as a slightly modified trim on the instrument panel and door panels. Ergonomics is beyond praise. The transformation system cabin Flex7, of course, saved.

This system is able to transform the salon in five-, four-, three-or double without removing the seats. If there are seven people on board, the trunk is small, only 140 liters. But with the third-row seats folded, it increases to 645 liters, and its maximum capacity is 1,820 liters.

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As an option, the FlexOrganizer system is offered. The basis of this thought system of organization of the luggage compartment is made up of four horizontal rails, located on the side walls of the luggage compartment. Mobile clips are installed on them to install various lines, hooks, dividers and containers. This system allows you to safely and conveniently place cargo of almost any type. The practical ceiling console is equipped with five large compartments with descending lids. This console comes complete with a panoramic roof of a unique design, consisting of four tinted glass panels, giving the body design an even more dynamic and elegant appearance.

In bright sunlight curtain (one per panel) closes synchronously. Panoramic roof is installed on the version of Zafira Cosmo as standard equipment. The engine range was replenished with three units: petrol and two diesel. Now there are only ten. The modified 1.6-liter ECOTEC gasoline engine, equipped with an innovative variable valve timing system and with a capacity of 115 hp, will be the new mass engine of the Zafira model, replacing the former four-cylinder power unit with a displacement of 1.6 liters and 105 hp. Maximum torque is now 155 Nm (3.3% higher than its predecessor), while average fuel consumption has decreased by 4.3% and is 7.1 liters per 100 km.

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The maximum speed of 185 km / h. Acceleration to 100 km / h in 13.4 seconds. The 1.9 liter 100 strong turbo diesel engines were replaced by two super-efficient 1.7-liter CDTI diesel engines with common-rail battery injection and turbocharging (110 hp and 125 hp) meeting the Euro 5 standard. Average consumption fuel to 5.7 liters per 100 km, and the CO emission is 152 g / km. These engines will not be supplied to Russia. Zafira has a distinct steering system and IDS Plus (Interactive Driving System), where the abbreviation IDS stands for adaptive chassis with Continuous Damping Control (CDC) shock absorber system.

Thanks to her in steep turns, the body rolls are almost not felt. With risky maneuvers, the UCL (Understeer Control Logic) system will help - if a vehicle is understeer detected, it first slightly reduces the fuel supply, and then slightly brakes the outer front wheel. Do not forget the manufacturer and safety.

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As standard equipment, eight airbags, active head restraints, ISOFIX child seat anchorages, and the PRS safety pedal assembly are installed on any Zafira version. By the way, in crash tests Euro NCAP Zafira received the maximum five stars. The world premiere of the third generation Opel Zafira Tourer took place in September 2011 at the 64th International Automobile Salon in Frankfurt. The car received a completely different appearance.

The design is made with an eye on the youth audience. From the front, the head optics, turning into the air intakes, catches the eye. Boomerang-shaped headlights combine all the lighting technology at the front of the car, including fog and main lights, as well as direction indicators and daytime running lights. The body flaunts a stylish curved line of punching. Behind the car are decorated with wide LED lights and a chrome strip under the bottom edge of the glass. Compared with the previous generation model, the wheelbase and gauge were significantly increased, which gives additional directional stability to the car.

The car has three rows of seats, with a total number of seats equal to 7 (2-3-2). There have been significant changes in the configuration of the car: thanks to an improved system of seats Flex7, the third generation sets new standards for versatility, functionality and workmanship. Opel engineers have substantially refined the concept of seat transformation. The entire third row of seats can still be folded in such a way that it will be flush with the floor of the luggage compartment. But the configuration of the second row of seats has been completely changed. Now the second row is not one seat-sofa, but three individual designs that can be folded and moved independently of each other.

The longitudinal course of the seat adjustment is 210 mm. For passengers of the second row, a unique Lounge Seating system is offered as an option, which provides comfort and spaciousness in the cabin. Thanks to a well-thought-out mechanism of transformation, the back of the middle seat of the second row is transformed into comfortable armrests for passengers in the side seats. The second row seats can be moved back and forth within 280 mm or shifted 50 mm to the middle of the machine, getting more space for the elbows. The Zafira Tourer has a rarely variable interior space - with a lot of “glove compartments”, compartments and “pockets” for small things.

And the luggage compartment is roomy: even when all 5 seats are occupied, there is a luggage compartment at the rear of the 710, which is 65 liters more than its predecessor. And if you fold the “2nd row” of the 2nd row (individually), the loading space reaches 1,860 liters (+ 40 liters). The 7-seater Zafira Tourer has a different layout: with a full fit in places, the trunk is not at all great - just 155 liters. However, when folding the seats of the 2nd and rear rows, the capacity of the cargo compartment increases to 1,790 liters.

In addition, the cabin provides a lot of clothing compartments, including the revolutionary FlexConsole multifunctional device: this is a modified version of the innovative FlexRail system. The armrest is a compartment for things and a cup holder, and they can be moved along aluminum rails, which makes the use of the huge space between the front seats even more efficient. The Opel Zafira Tourer 2011 also introduces for the first time the second generation of the exclusive integrated FlexFix system for transporting bicycles.

Based on the operating experience of the previous generation FlexFix, this system has been upgraded and is now equipped with a new latch - more functional and easier to use. Inside, there is a feeling of spaciousness and comfort. And in terms of design and decoration of the interior, the Zafira Tourer noticeably surpasses the previous generation: an impressive front panel design, an interestingly decorated interior.

There is a good quality of finishing materials. Significantly improved frontal visibility due to a fully upgraded front end with thin front struts and a modified position of the exterior mirrors. The interior can also be complemented by a panoramic windshield, available as an option.

On the Zafira Tourer, the front suspension is mounted on the Opel Insignia with a stretcher on insulating supports and MacPherson strut. The intelligent design of the rear suspension is equipped with a Watt mechanism. This solution has several advantages: it provides excellent stability and controllability, comfort and noise insulation, and the design becomes lighter and more compact compared to the multi-link suspension. As powertrains for the new Opel Zafira 2012 Tourer, there are two gasoline turbo engines with a 1.4-liter capacity of 120 and 140 hp, as well as a 2.0-liter diesel engine, available in three power options: 110, 130 and 165 liters. from.

There are two transmissions to choose from: six-speed manual or automatic. Intellectual adaptive system FlexRide still remains unique in the segment of minivans. It automatically adapts to road conditions, speed, driving pattern and driving style, and provides maximum driving stability. The system has three tuning modes available: balanced Standard mode, comfortable Tour and Sport mode offered for active drivers. Safety meets modern requirements: “cushions” and “curtains”, 3-point belts with pretensioners, front seats with “active” head restraints.

As well as the optional blind spot zone viewing system Side Blind Spot Alert - plus electronics that can anticipate a likely collision (millimeter radar in front) and take mitigation measures. Up to emergency braking - before the driver responds. And I must say, the tests for "shock" by the method of EuroNCAP confirmed the highest expectations: the Zafira Tourer earned all 5 "stars". On the Opel Zafira Tourer for the first time installed a second-generation Opel Eye review system with a front-facing camera. This system still has the lane departure warning function (LDW), and the Traffic Sign Recognition Function (TSR) has been improved and greatly expanded.

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