The new Zafira gave an all-round performance worthy of its five-star adult occupant rating. The body proved to be extremely strong. It suffered minimal deformation in the frontal impact and protected its adult occupants well in the frontal and side impacts. The Zafira also safeguarded its child occupants, while the protection given to pedestrians and other vulnerable road users was reasonable.
The body suffered minimal deformation and the driver’s door could be opened normally after the impact. The stable structure together with the dual-stage frontal airbags, belt pre-tensioners and load limiters kept the loads recorded by the dummies’ instrumentation low. However, the driver’s legs struck the steering column and adjuster lever, increasing the risk of him suffering injuries. The footwell showed little deformation or intrusion and control of the foot pedals was good.
An impressive side impact protection system which includes seat mounted thorax airbags and a head curtain airbag, which also protected those sat in the rear. Maximum points were achieved in the side and pole tests.
Apart from a non-permanent pictogram sited on the passenger’s end of the fascia, there were no warnings against placing a child in a rear facing restraint opposite an active airbag. The restraint recommended for the 3 year old was an Opel branded Britax Romer Duo Plus, fitted forward facing using the car’s ISOFIX anchorages and top tether. For the 18 month old child, an Opel branded Britax Romer Baby Safe Plus was fitted rear facing and secured by the adult belt. The children were reasonably well protected although, in the frontal impact, the chest load on the older child and the neck load on the younger child were a little high.
The car’s front offered reasonable protection, gaining just over 16 points. The Zafira’s bumper met test requirements and the bonnet top gave cushioning where a child or adult pedestrian’s head would most likely strike it. However, the bonnet’s leading edge gave no measurable protection.