Vauxhall Zafira

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soar
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Vauxhall Zafira

Postby soar » 3 Nov 2019, 10:49pm

Hi, My wife and I , will be visiting the UK next year , does anyone know if a Vauxhall Zafira will be suitable to carry a bike box, a cardboard type , and two large suitcases.

Thanks . Chris

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Re: Vauxhall Zafira

Postby reohn2 » 3 Nov 2019, 11:12pm

Easily I should think.
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Re: Vauxhall Zafira

Postby Bonefishblues » 3 Nov 2019, 11:16pm


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Re: Vauxhall Zafira

Postby soar » 4 Nov 2019, 2:05am

Thanks for the quick response, someone has suggested the Peugeot 2008 , has anyone got any thoughts about that car . It is substantially cheaper.

Thanks, Chris.

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Re: Vauxhall Zafira

Postby tim-b » 4 Nov 2019, 5:41am

Hi
The Peugeot is more compact than the Zafira with just over half the boot (trunk) volume, but the Peugeot is bigger than some others in the same class. Both have a folding second row of seats to increase that volume
SUVs seem to be trendy here and command higher prices, maybe consider an estate car (station wagon)?
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Re: Vauxhall Zafira

Postby Oldjohnw » 4 Nov 2019, 7:43am

People here have gone mad for pretend SUVs which really offer little. A boring estate car offers far more for less.
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Re: Vauxhall Zafira

Postby simonhill » 4 Nov 2019, 7:58am

My cardboard bike boxes are the fairly standard 140 X 70 X 20. Add maybe 10 on any dimension to cater for variations - unless you go for the huge boxes used for electric bikes.

Search on the web for car dimensions. Not so easy as they insist on giving volume, but you can normally find someone who mentions length, the only critical dimension.

I got one in the back of a Ford Focus on my last airport run. These are very popular cars in the UK.

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Re: Vauxhall Zafira

Postby Jamesh » 4 Nov 2019, 9:08am

Are you buying or renting?

Any decent sized estate or MPV will do the job

Zafira c max or touran,

Astra, focus, golf estate.

If coming from the states you might find them a little small and tinny

Perhaps a VW Passat or a Volvo V70 might suit?

Cheers James

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Re: Vauxhall Zafira

Postby Oldjohnw » 4 Nov 2019, 9:31am

Of you want space at a reasonable price the Skoda Octavia is probably unbeatable.
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Re: Vauxhall Zafira

Postby peetee » 4 Nov 2019, 9:51am

One of the problems with modern estate cars (station wagons) is the raked rear hatch that restricts the available height in the rearmost section of the trunk - something that may be an issue if you have to have the bike box upright. The Zafira does not suffer this way and the rear two rows of seats fold totally flat. If you go bigger some vehicles can only accommodate maximum loads when the seats are removed. Not necessarily practical on a hire vehicle and they can be very heavy things to shift.
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Re: Vauxhall Zafira

Postby Darkman » 4 Nov 2019, 10:42am

Storage capability aside, there's an ongoing safety recall affecting over 400,000 vehicles, after a load of them caught fire from the same fault in the wiring loom.

https://www.driving.co.uk/news/vauxhall ... hird-time/

It's up to you whether or not it stops you from hiring one. But I'd definitely not if the one you're offered falls within the recall criteria.

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Re: Vauxhall Zafira

Postby philvantwo » 4 Nov 2019, 12:46pm

Citroën Berlingo, take the 3 rear seats out and you've got a van..........or why not just hire a Berlingo or Peugeot Partner van?
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Re: Vauxhall Zafira

Postby bikepacker » 4 Nov 2019, 1:08pm

philvantwo wrote:Citroën Berlingo, take the 3 rear seats out and you've got a van..........or why not just hire a Berlingo or Peugeot Partner van?


That would be my suggestion, my son has one. I have got in two bikes upright plus luggage and still a lot of space for anything else.
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Re: Vauxhall Zafira

Postby Jamesh » 4 Nov 2019, 4:09pm

Darkman wrote:Storage capability aside, there's an ongoing safety recall affecting over 400,000 vehicles, after a load of them caught fire from the same fault in the wiring loom.

https://www.driving.co.uk/news/vauxhall ... hird-time/

It's up to you whether or not it stops you from hiring one. But I'd definitely not if the one you're offered falls within the recall criteria.


We had 3 and managed to write them all off!

2 were 3rd party fault one was my fault.

Ok if Vauxhall had finished off the design work which they didn't with the fan and also the z22se engine!!!

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Re: Vauxhall Zafira

Postby Grandad » 4 Nov 2019, 5:36pm

My bike fitted in easily in our Zafira but I had to take the front wheel out to get the tandem in. The upright trike went in complete and upright.