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    Introduction
    • The world’s fastest MPV charges into showrooms
    • 240PS, 0-60mph in 7.2 seconds, top speed 144mph
    Family life doesn’t have to mean kids get all the toys! The proof is in the New Zafira VXR – a car that offers performance and driving dynamics combined with the family-friendly flexibility of a seven-seat MPV.
    First seen at the Geneva Motor Show, the new model is now on sale at Vauxhall dealers and replaces the iconic Zafira GSi – the first MPV to make the school run fun.
    But the new car is even more thrilling, thanks to the 240PS, 320Nm 2.0-litre turbo engine shared with the much-lauded Astra VXR. Putting its power to the Tarmac through a six-speed manual gearbox, Zafira VXR will hit 60mph from a standstill in 7.2 seconds, and go on to reach a top speed of 144mph, making it the fastest production MPV ever made.
    To ensure that the car can be agile and responsive through the bends - even with the vastly differing load weights of between one and seven passengers - Vauxhall’s innovative IDS2-plus electronic chassis control is fitted as standard. Huge brakes (321mm discs at the front) with distinctive blue brake callipers ensure the VXR can stop safely and effectively, even when fully laden.
    The hottest Zafira’s dramatic look is underlined by the exterior styling, with the VXR trademark honeycomb grille, a reshaped front bumper with a central air intake and integrated fog lights. Deep side sill extensions lead to a new rear bumper incorporating twin trapezoidal exhaust tailpipes. A tailgate-topping spoiler and massive18-inch alloy wheels with 225/40 ZR 18 tyres complete the look. If you still don’t think the Zafira looks like the daddy, then supercar-sized 19-inch alloys are an option.
    The interior is equally dramatic to look at, although it still maintains the practicality Zafira drivers expect. Front seat occupants enjoy the comfort and support of Recaro sport seats in a combination of leather and fabric. VXR trim strips on the instruments and carbon-look panels on the door inserts mark out the most dynamic Zafira , and the sports steering wheel and gearshift lever incorporate the VXR logo. Like its predecessor, the VXR uses the ingenious and easy-to-use Flex7 seating system which allows New Zafira to be turned from a seven to a six, five, four, three or two-seater in a matter of seconds without having to remove any seats.
    What’s more, all this is available from only £21,995 on-the-road, meaning you don’t have to break the bank in order to spice up your family life.
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    Stylish design
    • New Zafira’s sharp style taken to the extreme
    • Unique body styling, colours and wheel designs
    • Special VXR interior
    There’s a school of thought that suggests an MPV should be a dull looking device that places function above form. But luckily, it’s a school that Vauxhall’s designers have never attended.
    The Zafira VXR builds on the impressive sleekness of New Zafira – a car that proves beyond doubt that MPVs can be as good looking as they are practical. The unique VXR styling package takes the already pin-sharp lines of New Zafira, and adds some distinctive, purposeful features.
    At the front, the smart jewel-like headlights, available with optional bi-xenon lamps and Adaptive Forward Lighting (AFL), are enhanced by the addition of extra chrome-rimmed foglamps in the front bumper, tucked safely back to avoid flying stones and road debris.
    The deep front spoiler features a large mesh cooling intake, while deep side sills further accentuate Zafira VXR’s ground-hugging stance. The arches are filled with smart 18-inch alloys in an exclusive VXR design, while even meatier 19-inchers are a keenly-priced £500 option.
    At the rear, Zafira VXR has a reprofiled bumper and twin-trapezoidal tailpipes, while four bold colours are available – Flame Red, Arden Blue, Star Silver and Black Sapphire.
    And the unique styling cues aren’t only restricted to the exterior. Inside, Zafira VXR gets a three-spoke sports steering wheel, a leather-trimmed gear lever and unique cvarbon-fibre detailing on the dash and door inserts, while the specially-tailored Recaro sports seats are bolstered with rich charcoal leather. A full leather trim option is also available.
    This sporty environment might not be what you’d expect from an MPV, but it doesn’t mean Zafira VXR loses any of its versatility. The unbeatable advantages of its Flex7 seating system remain, making it the most practical performance car that money can buy.
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    Dynamics
    • Performance car handling with MPV practicality
    • Highly tuned set-up with IDS2-plus – a new generation in chassis design
    • Massive 321mm disc brakes
    It’s all very well making a car go fast in a straight line, but enthusiastic drivers require so much more than that. And that’s the reason that Vauxhall’s engineers have developed IDS2-plus for Zafira VXR, making it the perfect choice for Britain’s challenging roads.
    Based on the critically acclaimed IDS-plus (Interactive Driving System) chassis pioneered on models such as New Astra and New Vectra, New Zafira VXR benefits from some of the most advanced chassis technology on the market, using sophisticated electronics which have previously only been seen on supercars. It operates in such a manner that all of the driver assistance systems operate in harmony with each other.
    The IDS2-plus system networks all driving dynamics systems via CAN data buses into one interactive system. Linked components of this system are driving stability control system (ESP), traction control, Understeer Control Logic (UCL), the four-channel anti-lock system, Brake Assist and Continuous Damping Control (CDC). The new upgraded software allows more precise adjustments of the damping, which improves not only braking stability, but also traction, roadholding and handling precision. At the same time, the honed responsiveness of the chassis also contributes to ride comfort, making the Zafira more refined than many less sporty rivals.
    While the default chassis set-up allows excellent handling and impressive suspension comfort, drivers favouring a sharper, stiffer response can simply press the ‘Sport’ switch on the dashboard and instantly enjoy a firmer chassis set-up.
    Under the skin, Zafira VXR shares much of its DNA with Astra VXR, and that means it has an effective combination of Macpherson struts at the front and a torsion beam at the rear. The spring and shock absorber rates are specially tuned to a special VXR formula, while uprated steering geometry plus performance bushes and bearings give Zafira VXR an exceptionally sharp and dynamic feel.
    To cope with the power, the braking system is shared with the Astra VXR. That means Zafira VXR gets massive 321mm ventilated disc brakes at the front , along with a tailored ABS and EBD package. Two wheel sizes are available, either 18-inch or 19-inch alloys of an exclusive VXR design.
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    Safety and Quality
    • 5-star Euro NCAP rating
    • Pedestrian-friendly bonnet and bumpers
    • Premium build quality
    It might be a performance model, but Zafira VXR is still packed with the same innovative passive and active safety features as New Zafira, that aim to protect both you and other road users.
    New Zafira’s safety package uses an inherently stable chassis package combined with the latest electronic aids to keep the car in check and hopefully avoid a collision, or determine the severity of an impact and activate the correct safety features should an accident occur. The IDS2-plus chassis technology further improves that safety, with sharper steering and braking responses and better body control.
    Active safety devices available to help the driver in extreme situations include ABS, ESP-plus, Brake Assist, Understeer Control Logic, and CDC Continuous Damping Control, helping to deliver incredibly safe and secure chassis behaviour.
    But there’s much more to it than that. As well as exceptional pedestrian safety, courtesy of energy absorbing bumpers and a collapsible bonnet, Zafira VXR offers excellent protection in the event of an accident. By using the same safety systems and testing methods as the top-scoring Astra, New Zafira achieved a top five-star Euro NCAP rating.
    But then that’s hardly surprising, as the newcomer is packed with passive safety features. Twin front, side and head curtain airbags help cushion the impact of an accident, while Vauxhall’s acclaimed Active Head Restraints are also available, moving upwards and forwards to reduce the risk of whiplash in rear end collisions. Furthermore, if an airbag is deployed in an accident, the hazard warning flashers are automatically switched on and all doors unlocked.
    New Zafira has also been designed to ease the pain of repair costs after an accident. Low-speed shunts are easily and cheaply repaired to keep insurance costs low. The car contains a ‘crashbox’ between the bumper cross members and the body, which is effectively a bolted-on metal section that absorbs impacts, and in the event of a minor bump can simply be removed, discarded and replaced without the need for any expensive jigging or straightening.
    The inherent safety is matched by Zafira VXR’s quality of finish. The cars are finished in a £300 million start-of-the-art factory in Bochum, Germany, on one of the cleanest and most modern production lines in the entire motor industry.
    A ‘zero defects’ principle in the factory ensures each and every Zafira VXR is finished to the most exacting of standards, while a comprehensive pre-delivery inspection is carried out for further peace of mind.
    Materials used are also of the highest quality, with top-grade plastics and fabrics in the cabin. The result is a family car with a distinctly premium feel – one that speaks for itself as soon as you settle behind the wheel.
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    Value for Money
    • Prices from only £21,995 on-the-road
    • Just £220 more than old GSi
    • On sale now
    Being the coolest family on the block isn’t going to break the bank – because the new Vauxhall Zafira VXR delivers value for money that’s as strong as its performance!
    Offering hot-hatch looks, performance and driving dynamics combined with the family-friendly flexibility of a seven-seat MPV, the newcomer is available from retailers now, costing as little as £21,995.
    That’s only £220 more than the previous-generation Zafira GSi, despite the new car’s 40PS power increase, IDS2-plus chassis technology and more generous standard equipment.
    Standard equipment includes 18-inch alloy wheels, rear spoiler, side skirts, air conditioning, part-leather trim, a CD-MP3 player, electric front and rear windows, alloy pedals, steering wheel-mounted stereo controls, a trip computer, alarm, electric heated door mirrors and dark-tinted rear side windows as standard.
    Those wanting to make even more of an impression can add 19-inch alloys for just £500, AFL Adaptive Forward Lighting with bi-xenon lamps for £750, brushed alloy-effect roof rails for £100, plus front and rear parking sensors to keep everything looking as smart as it should for £350.
    On top of the already impressive standard equipment in the cabin, buyers can specify options including Electronic Climate Control for just £275, a Bluetooth compatible mobile phone system for £300, a FlexOrganiser load bay system for £50 and leather trim for all seven seats at only £1,000.
    And it’s not only the keen pricing that makes Zafira VXR attractive. Despite the highly tuned engine, it requires no regular trips to the dealer, unlike many turbocharged performance cars that need servicing every few thousand miles. Instead, New Zafira VXR benefits from Vauxhall’s 20,000-mile annual health check and 40,000-mile/24-month servicing programme, making it easy for owners to calculate their annual running costs.
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    Default Zafira B, 2.0iT (Z20LEH), www.autoexpress.co.uk, 1/06

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    Date: January, 2006
    By: Piers Ward
    There's no doubt that Vauxhall's speedy Zafira GSi brought new excitement to the MPV class... but now its successor, the VXR, has taken the blend of performance and practicality to a new level.
    Big alloys, electric blue paintwork and spoilers beef up the looks and make the VXR a sportier beast. Inside there are part-leather seats in the front, with huge side bolsters.
    And there's also some mock carbon fibre trim to spice up the dash plus a chunky steering wheel, while Vaux- hall's Flex7 seating system boosts versatility. Compared to the GSi, this Zafira is quick too - reaching 60mph from a standstill in 7.2 seconds and offering a 144mph top speed.
    However, the turbocharged 2.0-litre engine, shared with the Astra VXR, isn't particularly smooth or refined. While the four-cylinder unit revs easily enough, the turbo's effect on power delivery isn't as gradual as we'd like. It's almost avalanche-like at times, and on uneven roads the seven-seater suffers from torque steer as it scrabbles for grip.
    However, nicely weighted steering and stiff suspension mean the VXR handles much better than you'd expect for a car of this size. Equally, the ride isn't as harsh as you'd have thought thanks to electronically controlled dampers which allow it to drive like a hot hatch through corners, but remain relatively comfortable over potholes. So is the VXR better than the GSi? If you like your family cars red hot, there are few better choices.
    First Opinion
    It's good to see that the VXR badge hasn't been toned down to suit the Zafira's practical nature. This is a genuine hot hatch MPV, born from the same mould as Vauxhall's Astra VXR, and a fine achievement. The newcomer is practical, looks good, handles well and delivers blistering pace.
    At a Glance
    * Vauxhall hopes to shift around 1,000 VXRs a year, matching sales of the previous GSi version.
    * Engine: 2.0 4cyl, 237bhp
    * 0-60mph: 7.2 seconds
    * Price: £21,995
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    Default Zafira B, 2.0iT (Z20LEH), Power Curve

    To convert kW to bhp, multiply by 1.341
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    Default Zafira B, 2.0iT (Z20LEH), Autocar, 21/11/06

    Magazine: Autocar
    Date: 21/02/06
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    Found by VXRonline user: Catherine
    States that the Meriva and Zafira VXR do not have a switch for the Traction Control because the company fears product liability claims.
    Next weeks Autocar will have a test of the Zafira VXR round Brands Hatch.
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