Green Car News
Green Cars from Vauxhall
16 March 2009
new-to-range 1.7-litre advanced diesel engine emitting combined
emissions of just 139g/km, Vauxhall’s latest addition to the Zafira
line-up has all the right credentials to become the first ecoFLEX model
in the range.
emissions figure also means that it’s one of the greenest and most fuel
efficient seven-seat compact MPVs on the market.
And with its lower
emissions, the ecoFLEX is the first Zafira to enter Band C for Vehicle
Excise Duty – costing just £120 per year – while its BIK tax for company
car drivers drops four levels to 18 per cent, the lowest taxation class
for a seven-seater car in the UK.
The ecoFLEX also
gains a significant improvement in fuel consumption compared with other
models in the range. With a Combined figure of 53.3mpg (47.1mpg for the
1.9 CDTi), this Zafira now has a theoretical range of 680 miles, meaning
fewer trips to the pumps and less damage to drivers’ wallets.
But as with
Vauxhall’s other ecoFLEX models, turning greener hasn’t impacted on its
performance. The 1.7 CDTi engine – which can also be found in the recent
Astra ecoFLEX – produces 110PS and 260Nm of torque, giving acceleration
of 0-60mph in 12.6 seconds and a top speed of 112mph. A different final
drive ratio also raises the gearing, improving both fuel economy and
offering a more relaxed cruising gait.
With a starting
price of £17,310 for the Zafira Exclusiv ecoFLEX, buyers will pay a mere
£100 premium over the equivalent 1.9 CDTi 120PS model. But since all
Zafiras are available with Vauxhall’s ‘You Pay, We Pay’ deal, buyers
benefit from zero per cent interest from two to four years (with no
deposit to pay on the two year package) while also collecting a cheque
equivalent to five per cent of the amount financed.
As well as
Vauxhall’s clever Flex7 seating, allowing the ecoFLEX to be transformed
from a capacious load-lugger to seven-seat people carrier in a matter of
seconds, six full-size airbags, an anti-lock braking system (ABS) and
radio/CD player are standard on all of its five trim levels.