Vauxhall - Zafira
The second generation Zafira looks very similar to the original. It's handsome enough, in an unmemorable way.
Drives far better than you would expect from a seven-seat people carrier with lots of grip and responsive handling.
Good seats mean the Zafira is a comfortable place to spend time, although the fold-away third row will only suit smaller children. Reasonably refined on motorways but can ride roughly in town.
Tough, durable and well finished - the Zafira's cabin feels well up to withstanding the sort of abuse meted out by young families.
The basic 1.6 litre petrol version feels slow, all others have decent performance. Range topping 2.0 SRI turbo, 2.0 VXR and 1.9 CDTi 150 turbo-diesel are all extremely rapid.
The Zafira is only a mid-sized MPV, but it is considerably more practical than many of its full-sized rivals thanks to the fold-away third row of seating. There are plenty of cubby holes and places to store small items, too.
Cheap main dealer workshops and long service intervals help the Zafira's case when it comes to cost-per-mile. Residuals are respectable, too.
Attractive entry level pricing masks some relatively stingy kit on the more basic models, and towards the top of the range the Zafira starts to look quite expensive.
Decent basic system can be improved with various optional upgrades. Satnav is relatively old-fashioned and lacks features compared to some rival systems.