The Opel Zafira Tourer is confirmed to arrive on Australian shores from the middle of this year.

Both 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol and 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engines will be imported here, with the seven-seat compact MPV set to rival the current Toyota Prius V and next generation Kia Rondo with sub-$40K pricing.

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Opel’s Flex7 seating system allows both the Astra-based Zafira Tourer’s twin third row seats, and trio of individual chairs in the second row, to each independently fold flat.

The second row also features a lounge seating system that sees the middle seat fold down and rotate to provide lounge-like armrests for passengers in the outer seats while legroom and shoulder room are expandable by 280mm and 50mm respectively, thanks to sliding seat rails.

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The Opel Zafira Tourer has over 30 storage compartments, highlighted by a multi-functional FlexRail centre console that includes a centre armrest, large enclosed storage box, and aluminium rails with cup holders that can be slid into the ideal position.

Sitting on a 2760mm wheelbase – 20mm shorter than a Toyota Prius V – the Zafira Tourer offers 710 litres of load volume when seating five, expandable to 1860L with the second row of seats folded flat.

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While full pricing and specifications will be announced closer the MPV’s launch in the coming months, the Opel Zafira Tourer is expected to be priced between the Astra small car that starts at $23,990 and the Insignia large car at $38,490.

In Australia, the Zafira last wore Holden badges between 2001-2006.

Opel’s current range comprises the Opel Corsa, Astra, and Insignia, as well as OPC (Opel Performance Centre) versions of all three.

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  • apple_r

    I think decent luggage carrying capacity is a must for a dedicated people mover. Not many large families can travel ultra light on a road trip holiday. 

    • Doctor

      That’s what the box trailer is for…

      • Save It For The Track

        No… Aero pod on the roof…

  • Grantj

    Very nice looking MPV

  • $29896495

    Way better solution than an SUV.

    • Sgh

      Agreed, this, the Kia Rondo, the Prius V and the C4 Picasso are all great vehicles.

    • Cars

      What a stupid statement. Way better for what? Try driving it in rural communities where there are no sealed roads. Try telling that to people that regularly drive in snow. Way better…….. honestly the stuff you write.

  • Peter Ms

    We had the model previously imported as a Holden. it was a great car, with a surprising turn of pace because of its 2.2 petrol engine. i thad a small footprint [only 4300mm long] but was like the Tardis inside, with three rows of seats – and a cargo bay about a metre in length if you dropped the kiddie seats into the floor.  This model is a segment larger. it will be interesting to see how it competes against SUVs.  The previous model was a rarity on our roads: we used to play “spot the Zafira” with the kids.. 

    I’d suggest the Kia Carnival is more a competitor than the Prius V, which reminds you of its eco credentials every time you take off from rest, or try to climb a hill – even without passengers.

    • Guest

      Isn’t a Carnival much more bigger than cars of this class?

      • Cars

        Completely. Carnival is among the biggest people movers you can get without going to a 9+ carrier. They have 8 full sized seats and a large boot area.

    • Norm

      Previous model here was a great little car but like so many in that class – mostly un loved by Australians. Unlike the Rondos etc it wasn’t underpowered either.

  • Zaccy16

    Sounds like its going to be good value, it looks interesting and the interior looks spacious and practical

  • filippo

    Great news that the Zafira is coming back. With this and the Peugeot 5008 on its way, all of those “but we had to buy an SUV” families will be able to re-evaluate their purchase and find equal space (and far more class) than what most SUVs offer.

    • Cars

      Why are people so anti-SUV? They offer mild to moderate off-road ability and often use less fuel than large sedans. Personally I think most SUVs still look better than all the vehicles in this class. The best looking is arguably still the Odyssey and it’s no rembrandt.

  • A.I.

    I need a link to report a fault pls