2015 Opel Zafira 1.6 litre Innovation

We were talking about the relative merits of the Citroen C4 Grand Picasso and other cars. This is my preferred choice in this class. Nobody offers a nicer interior in this class. The Meriva can be as lush too.

2015 Opel Zafira interio in Innovation specification. This will cost €33,000.
2015 Opel Zafira interior in Innovation specification. This will cost €33,000.

2015 Opel Zafira interior 2

2015 Opel Zafira IP in Innovation trim: Opel.de
2015 Opel Zafira IP in Innovation trim: Opel.de
Here´s another
Here’s another

Author: richard herriott

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12 thoughts on “2015 Opel Zafira 1.6 litre Innovation”

  1. I too like the way tho car looks and that leather is very tasty. The centre console, though, a bit domineering of the dashboard? And, it looks a bit too much of a button-fest – not as befuddling as the Picasso’s screen-based nonsense (I’d already ruled that car out as a potential replacement for our Xsara Picasso on that basis), but still requiring concentration and distraction away from the road ahead?

  2. The seats seem to have leather panels and a cloth insert. I bet they have sold nearly none of this car. I must look at Mobile.de.
    SV: I tried a Zafira and didn´t run into any problems. There are a lot of buttons but they are not a distraction. The ones you need are to hand and easy to operate (fan speed apart). Some designer have a problem with buttons. I think a lot of harm has been done dogmatically getting rid of them.

    1. I think the challenge is to include more and more functions. In the C6 this has led to an awful amount of equal-looking buttons. After two and a half years, I still have to read the small text on the rarely used ones to find them. This might be just as distracting as using a touch screen.
      What could be a solution for this? Better grouping and more different shapes? A coding by colour or different surfaces? Or a return to simpler cars with less gimmickry?

  3. The colour combination seems very nice. However, the pictures look so artificial that it’s hard to judge if it’s really a nice looking leather (or cloth?) they used here. As in many pictures, it looks too smooth and shiny for my taste, but that might be different in reality.
    Has anyone actually seen this interior and the comparable (asymmetric) two-tone leather in the C4 picasso to provide a useful comparison?

    1. Mobile.de throws up no examples in this combination. It might only exist in theory. I have seen a Zafira with a red leather interior (a nice red) and it looked good, very high quality. I guess few people in the Opel customer base want to go the whole hog on these interiors

    2. I knew that the Swiss would buy such an option if it existed. And as a matter of fact, Swiss Autoscout24 has some examples of this interior. One is actually the colour you showed, but in most cases the central parts of the seats are a light, bluish grey. The wavy stuff effectively seems to be some sort of cloth, judging from the optics as well as the fact that it’s often called “partial leather”.
      There was also a car with full leather in a black-and-tan combination which was very nice to look at.

  4. Simon: about the buttons. Adding a lot of features is indeed part of the problem. A 1990s S-class had not so many buttons. Did their drivers suffer? My car has very few functions and I don´t feel the want of more. But assuming more buttons, then very careful consideration is needed to arrange and colour the controls. There is some room for putton set-and-forget buttons inside a screen-based interface. Anything that needs to be done on the move needs a button, knob or slider. There are not so many as the basic needs have not changed.

    1. I agree on your last two sentences. I struggled to use the heating controls in the Cactus, and while in the meantime I find most everyday-use buttons in the C6 without looking, I doubt if that would ever be the case in a screen-based interface. Only experience could tell.
      I admit that I do like some of the playful aspects of the C6’s add-on functions, but in reality I can do without them. Driving in my 1970s car provides more fun to me, as it’s a much more immediate experience. And there are literally no buttons except heating fan, rear window heater and interior light.
      But try selling a car which doesn’t have all the stuff everyone else is offering.

  5. The Porsche Panamera sports the most buttons I have ever seen localised in one area, running the whole length of the transmission tunnel on both sides. There were also a lot of blanks, no doubt to make room for the phalanx of options Porsche offers.

    1. Simon, I am not so sure … I completely concur with the other C6 related observations you have made against this article, though.

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