Advantages Best of both worlds - Exciting to drive & Practical at the same time
Disadvantages Thirsty, looks a little too much like a "normal" Zafira
2 years ago, I found myself in the same boat as pretty much every other owner of a Zaffy GSi Turbo... we needed a reliable & practical car which could cope with 6/7 people, swallow large loads when going on holiday or trips to the tip, but at the same time I wanted a car which when I was driving on my own could be exciting & rewarding to drive.Now there are a few options, including the Ford S-MAX2.5T, and the newer Zafira VXR, but 2 years ago there was only 1 choice which fulfilled my brief - the Zafira GSi Turbo.
This car really is the forerunner to the Zaffy VXR Turbo. The flex7 seating (which I'm sure you'll find lots of info about in the other Zafira reviews) has been carried over practically as-is to the newer version, and the VXR engine is actually the same unit as in the older GSi Turbo model, but with a new turbo charger to increas the power output.
The car's standard features are impressive - electric windows & mirrors all round, air conditioning, cruise control, trip computer, CD player, 17" alloys, half-leather Recarro seats, Traction Control & Stability Control (an essential safety feature which in my opinion should be standard on every car!).My car doesn't have any options, though some have Sat Nav, Climate Control & a roof mountedDVD player.
From the outside, the car doesn't look much different from a standard Zafira (unless you go for the bright metallic blue), save for the subtle roof spoiler, side mouldings & alloys. Whilst this might not appeal to the Max Power brigade, it does make this car a great "street sleeper" as it's devastating acceleration is quite capable of surprising unsuspecting BMW drivers who natrually assume you're driving a slower 1.6/1.8 Zafira!Inside there is lots of black (unless you choose one with the red leather), and it can be quite oppressive on a dull day. To overcome this we had a spoiler sunroof fitted and the light from above did make a difference. There is plenty of soft-touch material on the dashboard, and it feels well screwed together. The controls are also very logically laid out, and the stereo controls on the steering wheel is a joy to use.
The driving experience is best described as a compromise. The accelleration in a straight line is eye-opening given the dimensions of this car, but in an effort to maintain levels of comfort, the car is run at standard ride height, on slightly stiffer springs. This means that it's not quite up to hot-hatch standards on a twisty B road with a fair degree of body roll. Some owners have lowered the suspension to improve handling, but this is at the detriment of passenger comfort, so I have chosen to keep mine unmodified.
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