Opel Zafira an eight seater edition set to unsettle the SA market

THE NEW Opel Zafira Life enters South African market.

It comes in two distinct model offerings- Elegance and Edition, respectively.

The Zafira is an eight-seater Edition derivative that Opel says is geared to service the demands of modern families. It is large to accommodate everyone.

Automatic halogen headlamps and front fog lamps are standard on the Edition as is a tinted and heated rear windscreen with a single wiper.

The luxurious Elegance model caters for discerning business customers looking for a more VIP travelling experience. As such you can look forward to leather upholstery, a large panoramic sunroof and fully electric sliding side doors.

Both Zafira Life models comes standard with a cooled glovebox, rake and reach steering column adjustment, a height adjustable driver’s seat, cruise control and front dual-zone electronic climate control.

These features are complemented by separate rear air-conditioning and a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

In the Edition the latter is wired to six loudspeakers while in the flagship Elegance this is upped to 10. 

Other notable features exclusive to the range-topping Elegance come in the form of a head-up display, front heated seats, sun shade curtains on the side windows, keyless entry and start as well as a connected satellite navigation system that provides the driver with useful information on various destinations, traffic alerts, local weather conditions.

All the models are fitted with front and side airbags for both the driver and passenger as standard.

The entry-level Edition is fitted with a driver attention alert system that alerts the driver via the instrument panel after two hours of uninterrupted driving and sends a second alert if the driver continues driving for another hour.

The Elegance builds on this with an active road behaviour system that, as it says on the tin, monitors the driver’s behaviour via a camera and steering wheel movements and sends an audible and visual alert if a loss of attention is detected.

This derivative further benefits from land departure warning, speed sign detection, blind spot detection and forward brake assist, which helps prevent collisions with people or objects under 30km/h.

It will surely compete with the likes of Hyundai Staria, Ford Tourneo and VW Kombi 6.1.

Feel like traveling as we approach the Easter (Holy) days- then the Zafira is an option.

We will look delve into more details -do’s and don’ts- as soon as we conduct a thorough review test.

 The 2022 Opel Zafira Life is priced as follows:

  • Zafira Life Edition: R749,900
  • Zafira Life Elegance: R869,900

Image (The new Opel Zafira launched in SA).

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