Opel (Vauxhall) Zafira Tourer Camper

The Vauxhall / Opel Zafira Tourer is one of the more compact MPVs – close to a Ford S-Max or the VW Touran in terms of size and luxury (only the Tourer, the older Zafira is even smaller and less luxurious). Its rear seats fold flat (newer models), opening up a spacious boot that’s good enough for sleeping two people.

 

This car's boot is 184 cm long ⤢, 90 cm tall ↕, and 106 cm wide ↔.

NimbleCamper rating: 2.8/5

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Make

Body type

Boot length (cm)

184

Boot length (inches)

72

Boot height (cm)

90

Boot height (inches)

35

Boot width [wheel arches] (cm)

106

Comfort rating

1.5

Consumption l/100km

7

Consumption MPG (UK)

40

Available in

,

Engine type

NimbleCamper rating (out of max 5)

Average used price, GBP (2015)

9961

Boot door type

These dimensions are from a Zafira Tourer. The Standard Zafira is a bit shorter, assume at least 10-15cm less boot length and about 5cm off the boot height.

  • Maximum boot length, with the front seats pushed all the way forward: 198cm

Standard reviews (not focused on camping):

Whatcar.com rating 4/5 • Autoexpress.co.uk rating: 3/5 • Carbuyer.co.uk rating: 3.9/5
Average rating: 3.6/5

How to sleep in a Zafira, DIY camping conversions

Zafira & Zafira Tourer boot & exterior dimensions

The Zafira (up to 2011) is about 19cm shorter and 5cm lower than the newer Zafira Tourer (up to 2019).1

Can you sleep in an Opel/Vauxhall Zafira?
Yes, you can, here’s an example:

Or a simple no-build solution like this (single person):

Frequently asked questions:

You can – Zafira Tourer’s boot is big enough – 180cm long (up to 198cm if you push the front seats forward) and 82cm (98cm in the middle) tall and 105cm wide. That is a pretty good sleeping area. The seats don’t fold completely flat on the older models but they do on the newer ones. See our DIY camping conversions for ideas on how you could convert your Zafira into a camper.

The Zafira Tourer is a seven-seater vehicle, with three rows of seats. The second row features three individual seats that can slide back and forth to increase legroom, while the third row features two individual seats that can be folded flat to create extra luggage space when not in use.

The fuel efficiency of the Zafira Tourer varies depending on the engine and transmission chosen. The most fuel-efficient engine option is the 1.6-liter diesel engine, which can achieve up to 68.9 mpg (mileage per gallon) on the combined cycle. The petrol engines have a lower fuel efficiency, with the most efficient petrol engine achieving up to 41.5 mpg on the combined cycle.

The Zafira Tourer comes with a range of safety features as standard, including ABS (anti-lock braking system), ESP (electronic stability program), hill start assist, and six airbags. Higher-spec models may also feature additional safety features such as lane departure warning, rear-view camera, and automatic emergency braking.

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  • Average used price, GBP (2015) – I use Carsite.co.uk‘s price aggregates from 2015 (or the nearest possible year if not available), or, if not found, from autoscout24.com. For new cars, I specify the closest possible match (i.e. if released this year, it’s the new price, if released two years ago, it’s the 2-years old price etc). It’s here to give you a benchmark comparison (- a like for like, an apple with an apple) of the value of each car and for filtering purposes. It’s not meant to be used as an accurate estimate of used car value – it is updated once a year, so make sure you know what the car should cost at the time of purchase if you decide to buy one.
  • Boot dimensions – taken from various sources across the web, starting with official, supplemented with other reliable websites (like ridc.org.uk), supplemented by user-generated content – images of measurements from forums or social networks. It’s also used for filtering, comparison and to give you a good idea of the car’s suitability for camping.
  • Comfort rating – a benchmark used to simplify the car’s comfort & driving score based on equipment, furnishings, handling, safety, and costs ratings from external sources like whatcar.com, carwow.co.uk, autocar.co.uk etc. It gives you an indication of whether the car will drive and feel like a van (low rating) or offer better interior & handling (higher rating). A simple van-like car, for example, a Renault Kangoo is 0.5, a well equipped and comfortable car like a Ford S-Max is a 2. No hard math behind it, just an indicator, f.e. 0.5= basic car that does the job, 1.5 = hey, that’s nice to have!, 2 = oooh, comfyyyy.
  • Consumption – I take the average 2017 consumption or closest match from Fuelly.com, or if none is available, from other sources like honestjohn.co.uk. If there are not enough cars for a single year, an average for several years is calculated.
  • NimbleCamper rating – a weighted score of boot length (45% weight), boot height (40%), consumption (10%) and comfort (5%). The logic of weighing length & height higher than consumption and comfort is – headroom is important when you sleep in the back of the car, so is the length. A comfy ride is a factor, but you can sleep in a big car that’s not that comfy, however, it’s much harder to camp/sleep in a comfy car that’s too small. Read more about the NimbleCamper rating and criteria here.
    • a note for EVs (electric vehicles) – for consumption, I am using the Fuel Equivalent Consumption estimate by ev-database.org. It is usually much lower than combustion engines, giving EVs an advantage – which I think is fair. They do have a small disadvantage in terms of having to plan your trips around charging stations + longer waiting time, but that will get better over time. More charging stations, faster chargers and better batteries. Therefore I am not adjusting the calculation for EVs in any way.
    • In short: a litre of petrol contains about 8.9 kWh of energy. If we divide the energy consumption of an EV by this (f.e. 16 kWh/100 km divided by 8.9 kWh/litre), we get equivalent fuel consumption of 1.8 l/100 km.
  • EV stats – taken from ev-database.org

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