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Vauxhall Zafira

An entry-level people carrier that’s perfectly practical, the Vauxhall Zafira is an MPV that’s not as imposing as an SUV but still roomy enough to carry a large family.

Five adults can fit very comfortably in the Zafira with plenty of leg room, with another two seats in the back which can be used occasionally or for the kids. The flexible seating configuration is incredibly convenient as the middle row of seats can fold and slide forward, the third-row pair slot into the floor – handy for whenever you need to transport anything large and bulky.

This car has many plus points that will appeal to parents – inside the cabin, everything is solid and child-proof and the high driving position ensures good visibility for a safer drive. Plus, it scored the maximum five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating, which will of course be a big consideration for parents.

This doesn’t mean that the Zafira is boring though – as it is based on a hatchback, it drives well for its size, with good grip and it resists excessive body roll around corners. If you’re looking for a bit more power, there’s also a VXR model available alongside the basic petrol and diesel options.

One of the main appeals of the Zafira is its competitive pricing. With a low price tag, as well as low insurance and servicing costs, it’s the perfect family car that you can run on a budget – with the most cost-effective model being the 1.6-litre petrol engine.

If you’re looking for a practical family car, you don’t have to make any compromises when you opt for the Zafira. With its cleverly spacious design, good handling and affordability, this compact seven-seat people carrier is ideal in any situation, whether you need it for the everyday school run or family holidays and road trips.