As you can see, back in the middle of the last decade, such considerations were not even on Vauxhall’s radar screen. The result is styling is so bland you can park it in a busy street, run across the road to post a letter, turn around and have already lost your car. It melds into its surroundings, in a perfect disguise of smooth sided, inoffensive, nicely rounded nothingness. Visually at least, it is an automotive non-entity.
And that’s not all bad. Had it been wacky of line it might now look terribly dated. Styling it so could have been designed any time in the last 20 year by removing all signs of visual distinction has afforded it a curiously timeless quality.
But it’s still effective. The shape comes with a drag co-efficient of just 0.31, which is still competitive by class standards, a very low loading lip for the rear tailgate and, inside, Vauxhall’s Flex7 seating system.
Any seven seat MPV that didn’t allow at least five of them to fold straight into the floor might now be regarded as deficient, and the fact the Zafira was the first is now a fact of only historical significance. Even so and despite all the intervening years, Vauxhall’s original layout still works well even though it should be pointed out its more modern competitors have individually sliding centre row seats, the Zafira a simple bench.