Vauxhall has answered the prayers of many a parent when on a long trip with an extended family: its latest infotainment system has been introduced in the seven-seat Zafira Tourer MPV – complete with no fewer than seven hotspots.
The ‘4.0 IntelliLink’ system is now standard on all Zafira Tourers, and all up from the base Design model get sat nav included as standard too. The wifi hotspot functionality comes as part of Vauxhall’s OnStar system, a core part of the upgraded infotainment setup.
The kids will love the 4G internet access, provided by a built-in mobile SIM card, but OnStar includes plenty more besides: by dialling an operator from the car, sat nav locations can be found and ported to the car, hotel rooms can be reserved and even parking spaces located.
OnStar includes Emergency Call too: if you crash, press the SOS button and an operator will be prioritised to speak with you. If you don’t answer, they’ll use the GPS coordinates of the car to automatically send out help.
Oh, and if you hate the idea of speaking to an operator but still want the convenience of making your life a bit easier, you can download the MyVauxhall smartphone app, find sat nav destinations from your living room then port them to the car yourself.
Also standard are Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and Bluetooth connectivity if you prefer your hotspot to be a bit more old school. It’s enough to have Vauxhall’s Zafira Tourer brand manager Sean Freeman describing it as “one of the best-connected MPVs on the market”.
Zafira Tourer prices start from £19,530 for the Design variant, and Vauxhall is offering both 0 percent finance and a £1,200 deposit contribution on a 4.2 percent APR PCP deal. The firm is also offering scrappage deals on the Zafira Tourer and all other models, should your trade-in be an old banger: environmentalists, rejoice, because it’s already removed over 20,000 old smokers.