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Opel Zafira 1,8 Enjoy

Broadcast date : 30th July 2006

This is the 1,8 Enjoy version of the new Opel Zafira. The strong Astra frontal treatment has been well integrated into the new MPV shape.

The sculpted air-dam and V-shaped nose speaks of the bolder General Motors identity that has become integral to all its models, whether theyíve been produced in Germany, like this Opel people mover, or elsewhere in GMís vast automotive empire.

Itís difficult to make an MPV look racy, but Opelís stylists just may have succeeded here.

The original Zafira caused quite a stir with its so-called Flex seven-seating system way back in 1999 when it was introduced in Europe.

It became the top-seller in its class in Germany for four straight years and the latest model sees refinements to the Flex 7 system. The thinking here being, why change a winning formula?

The second row of seats is easier to adjust, and push-button adjustment for the headrests is a new feature.

The front of the car features increased shoulder room, while all three rows of seats have increased headroom.

The instrumentation is basic Astra with some Zafira-specific refinements.

The seat-height has been lowered for a more integrated driving position. And the gearshift has been relocated to what Opel term a "half-height position."

The dramatic roof option is available on the 1,8 Enjoy and the soon-to-be-introduced 1,9 Elegance and 2,2 Enjoy models.

Initially the new Zafira has been launched with 1,6 and 1,8 litre petrol engines, and Fenly "enjoyed" the larger-engined version.

The 1,8 Enjoy model is fitted with a new development of Opelís Ecotec engine range and boasts a 14 per cent performance improvement. In fact, its one-hundred and three kilowatt output is close to a class-leading level.

The engine is also extremely torquey, which is important when hauling seven people around, and the five-speed gearbox is well-matched to the engine, although itís a little busy in fifth at highway speeds.

The other models in the range are the 1,9 CDTi diesel, with an impressive 110 kilowatts, and the 2,2 litre direct-injection petrol motor, which uses an automatic transmission.

While we werenít blown away by the styling initially, we came to appreciate the no-nonsense solidity of the car, and its impressive mix of space and versatility.

But at its price of just R202 500, itís the performance of the new 1,8 Ecotec motor that made the biggest impression.

Opel Zafira 1,8 Enjoy
  • Engine: Four-cylinder petrol, 1 796 cc
  • Power: 103 kW @ 6 300 rpm
  • Torque: 175 Nm @ 3 800 rpm
  • Transmission: Five-speed manual, front-wheel-drive
  • 0-100 km/h: 12,0 seconds (claimed)
  • Top speed: 187 km/h (claimed)
  • Fuel consumption: 11,4 litres/100 km (estimated)
  • Price: R202 520
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