VAUXHALL

VAUXHALL COMBO LIFE DIESEL ESTATE 1.5 Turbo D 130 Elite 5dr Auto

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 60 mph-

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2149 g/km

Vauxhall has long offered MPV passenger-carrying versions of its compact Combo van on the Continent. Now it brings that kind of package to the UK market in the form of this small but spacious People Carrier, the Combo Life.

LIFE LESSONS

Vauxhall's Combo Life won't be the family car you dreamed about but it could be the one you actually need. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

Vauxhall has long offered MPV passenger-carrying versions of its compact Combo van on the Continent. Now it brings that kind of package to the UK market in the form of this small but spacious People Carrier, the Combo Life.

Background

Is this more than just a van with windows? Vauxhall wants to convince you that the Combo Life is just that. Yes of course it's based on the Combo panel van, but this little MPV gets the kind of safety and media technology that most LCV drivers can only dream of. It comes in two lengths, gives you a choice of either five or seven seats and can swallow up to 2,693-litres if you load it up to the gunwhales. Is there room in your life for a vehicle as versatile as that, one that can average around 65mpg and is priced from no more than around £20,000? If so, then read on...

Driving Experience

Combo Life buyers choose between three engines. There's a 1.2-litre 110PS petrol unit. Or a 1.5-litre CDTi diesel, developing either 100 or 130PS. The units are combined with five and six-speed manual transmissions. In addition, in a segment first, a low-friction eight-speed automatic with Quickshift technology can be ordered in combination with the top-of-the-range 1.5-litre 130PS diesel. Under the skin, there's an independent Bi-link suspension system that can provide reasonably supple ride comfort, yet is firm enough to resist body roll and support heavy loads. It's a decent compromise. Whichever variant you choose - standard or long - you'll find that the driving position pretty good, with the steeply raked windscreen and low bonnet combining to give great visibility. Couple that with big panoramic door mirrors and the result is a vehicle you can be confident about driving even the most congested city streets where the light steering facilitates a tight turning circle, 11.2m in the short wheelbase version and 12.5m for the long wheelbase model. As for refinement - usually a van-based MPV issue - well, the slightly clattery note at start-up settles down quite acceptably once you get up to speed. Ultimately, probably the biggest compliment you can really pay this Vauxhall is that at times, it's easy to forget you're driving a van-derived product.

Design and Build

The Combo Life is available in a 4.4-metre standard length version or a longer 4.75-metre long model, with two sliding rear doors as standard. Both variants have a height of 1.8 metres and are available with either five or seven seats. Style-wise, compared with other van-based MPVs in the segment, this one has a shorter front overhang and a higher bonnet, making it look more balanced. From the front, it displays a typical Vauxhall identity and the high bonnet features two crisp lines, which go from the windscreen down to the grille and emphasise the stability of the vehicle. As with most van-based MPVs, you get plenty of boot space. The five-seat, standard length version has a minimum luggage volume of 597-litres, while the long wheelbase model has a minimum luggage volume of 850-litres. With the rear seats folded down, the boot volume of the standard version more than triples to 2,126-litres. The longer version of the Combo Life offers even more capacity when the rear seats are folded down with up to 2,693-litres available. For passengers, there are five and seven-seat variants. Either way, you get three individual rear seats, all with ISOFIX child seat brackets, and you can specify an optional panoramic glass roof.

Market and Model

Priced from just under £20,000, the entry-level 'Design' 1.2-litre 110PS petrol 6-speed manual model features air conditioning, a DAB Radio with USB and Bluetooth audio streaming and 16-inch steel wheels with styled wheel covers. Moving up the range, the 'Energy' trim starts from around £22,000 for the five-seater 1.2-litre 110PS petrol 6-speed manual model. Standard specification includes an eight-inch colour touchscreen infotainment system, 16-inch alloy wheels and front and rear parking sensors. If you need space for more passengers, the 'Energy'-spec seven-seater starts from just under £22,000 for the 1.2-litre 110PS 6-manual model. Standard specification includes 35/30/35 split-folding second-row seats with a fold-flat facility, two removable third-row seats and two foldable tables with cup-holders. The Combo Life aims to raise the bar for safety and comfort in this segment. It is fitted with technologies and driver assistance systems that are more commonly seen in the compact or SUV sectors, such as Driver Drowsiness Alert, a rear view camera with 180?? bird's-eye view, a Head-up display, and an 'IntelliGrip' traction aid, as well as improved comfort features such as heated seats and a heated steering wheel.

Cost of Ownership

Running cost returns from the various turbo-charged, direct injection petrol and diesel engines are competitive, CO2 emissions starting from 111g/km and fuel economy of up to 67.3mpg possible for the 1.5-litre 100PS diesel. The 1.5-litre 130PS diesel manages 65.7mpg and 113g/km. And the 1.2-litre 110PS petrol variant delivers 51.4mpg and 125g/km. All powertrains meet the stringent Euro 6d-TEMP emissions standard. You'll also need to know that Vauxhall includes a three-year, 60,000 mile warranty as standard, a package that can be extended up to five years and 100,000 miles at extra cost. A year's free breakdown cover is also provided, along with a six-year anti-corrosion guarantee. Service intervals are at 20,000 miles or every 12 months, depending on which comes round sooner and you can opt for a service plan that lets you pay monthly to spread the cost of regular work to your car. As part of this, Vauxhall offers discounts on wear and tear items, such as brake pads and windscreen wipers.

Summary

Vauxhall builds more vans in Britain than anyone else, so why can't one of them be diverted towards the passenger market? It's taken some time for the brand to come around to that conclusion, but the Combo Life shows that when done well - as here - this kind of van-based MPV can be quite appealing. This one is more sophisticated than you might expect, yet it's as big - for people and for packages - as you'd expect an LCV-derived People Carrier to be. In short, it does enough to be spotted by the people who count. People who'll find this Vauxhall difficult to ignore in their search for a compact MPV unafflicted by style pretention or attempts at badge equity. Job done.

  • Rear wiper
  • 2 speed wipers+variable intermittent wipe
  • Tinted glass including windscreen
  • Heated rear windscreen
  • Electric front windows + drivers one touch
  • Dark tinted rear windows
  • Glazed tailgate
  • Solar heat absorbing windscreen
  • Tailgate with opening heated window and wash/wipe facility
  • Nearside and offside sliding side access door with opening windows

  • Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • CSC - Cornering stability control
  • Hill start assist
  • Motor Slip Regulation (MSR) - Engine Drag Torque Control
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Emergency brake assist
  • Electronic Stability Programme
  • Anti-lock brake system
  • Traction control
  • Electronic brake force distribution

  • Power assisted steering
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Front camera system
  • Forward collision warning
  • Driver alert system
  • Advanced Park Assist
  • Lane departure warning with lane change assist
  • Speed sign recognition

  • Wireless charger for mobile devices
  • Remote control boot opening

  • Service indicator
  • Driver information centre with trip computer
  • Central facia display with digital clock, outside air temperature and audio information
  • Multi function trip computer - Trip odometer, vehicle range, average speed and fuel economy, instantaneous fuel economy and driving time
  • 3.5" colour information display

  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
  • Dipping rear view mirror
  • Body colour door mirrors

  • Chrome instrument cluster dial rings

  • Diesel particulate filter

  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Touchscreen navigation and infotainment with 8" screen, DAB radio, USB/iPod, Bluetooth Audio streaming, 6 speakers + Apple CarPlay/Android Auto + RDS
  • Instrumentation - Speedometer, rev counter, low fuel gauge warning light + water temperature gauge warning light, shift up/down indicate light

  • Chrome-effect front grille bar
  • Body colour bumpers, side protection mouldings and sliding rail cover
  • Alloy-effect protective front skid plate
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Roof rails

  • Automatic lighting control
  • Daytime running lights
  • Front fog lights with cornering light

  • Dual zone electronic climate control including air conditioning
  • Pollen filter

  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Drawer under drivers seat
  • Luggage compartment cover
  • Rear door pockets with bottle holders
  • Mistral cloth upholstery
  • Chrome inner door handles
  • Two drinks holder in centre console
  • 12V electrical accessory socket in centre console
  • Two facia mounted drinks holders
  • Large open storage pocket behind infotainment screen
  • Small open storage compartment behind gear knob
  • Two large and two small open door pockets
  • Open storage compartment below glovebox
  • Full width overhead storage shelf with ambient lighting
  • USB charging and infotainment in rear of centre console
  • USB charging point in glovebox

  • Welcome lighting
  • Ambient lighting
  • Adjustable dashboard illumination
  • Driver/passenger reading lights
  • Front/rear courtesy lights
  • Delay courtesy light function

  • Sight and light Pack - Combo Life
  • Child pack - Combo Life
  • Parking pack - Combo Life Elite

  • Drivers and front passenger lap belt pretensioner system
  • ISOFIX child seat mountings incorporating top tether anchor points located on second row rear seats
  • Full size curtain airbags for driver, front passenger and outer rear passenger seats
  • Driver drowsiness alert system
  • Front seatbelt unfastened audible warning and warning light
  • Deactivation switch for front passenger front and side impact airbags
  • Deflation detection system
  • Two inertia reel seatbelts - 3rd row
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • Child locks on rear doors
  • Side impact protection beams
  • Front seat side impact airbags
  • Seatbelt warning
  • Energy absorbing steering column
  • Reinforced passenger safety cell
  • Deformation zones front and rear
  • Three 3 point rear seatbelts
  • Front seatbelt force limiters

  • 60/40 split/folding 2nd row of seats
  • Front body-lock seatbelt pretensioners
  • 4 way manually adjustable passenger seat with height, reach,till and backrest
  • Driver's lumbar support
  • Rear adjustable/removable headrests
  • 4 way adjustable front head restraints
  • 6 way manually adjustable drivers seat
  • Anti submarining ramps in front seats
  • Fold flat front passenger seat

  • Remote control security alarm system
  • Engine deadlock and immobiliser
  • Electronically protected audio equipment
  • 2 remote folding keys
  • Keyless entry and start
  • Remote control central locking
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Visible vehicle identification number

  • Driver/passenger sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors + covers

  • 17" alloy wheels

  • CO2 (g/km): 106
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 149
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 164
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 149

  • Engine Code: DV5RC
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 16.5:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 75
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 84.8
  • CC: 1499

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 65.6
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 72.4
  • EC Combined (mpg): 70.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 44.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 41.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 54.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 47.6
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 58.6
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 51.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 45.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 41.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 49.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 45.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 6.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 6.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 5.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 5.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 4.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 5.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 6.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 6.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 6.2

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 14E
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Service Interval Mileage: 20000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: 120000
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: 120
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 91
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 81
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 58
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 68
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 4
  • Badge Power: 130
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.5
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: True
  • Coin Series: Elite
  • Coin Description: Turbo D [130]
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000

  • Engine Power - KW: 96
  • Engine Power - RPM: 3750
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 221
  • Engine Torque - NM: 300
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1750
  • Engine Power - BHP: 130
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 30.6

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Front: 205/55 R17
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: N
  • Tyre Size Rear: 205/55 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY

  • Width (including mirrors): 2107
  • Height (including roof rails): 1841
  • Length: 4403
  • Width: 1921
  • Wheelbase: 2785

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1430
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2080
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 50
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 983
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1320
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 650
  • Max. Roof Load: 100
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 2126

  • Cruise control + speed limiter: Included
  • Adaptive cruise control: £250

  • Head up Display: £355

  • Metallic paint: £570
  • Pearlescent paint: £570
  • Solid paint: Included

  • 230 Volt electrical accessory socket: £50
  • 12V electrical accessory socket in passenger side: Included

  • Metallic - Night blue: £570
  • Metallic - Moonstone grey: £570
  • Metallic - Cool grey: £570
  • Metallic - Quartz grey: £570

  • Pearl - Cosmic brown: £570

  • Solid - White Jade: £0
  • Solid - Onyx Black: £0

  • Detachable towbar with trailer stability programme: £600

  • Mistral cloth - Grey/Angora: £0

  • Tyre repair kit: Included
  • Full size steel spare wheel: £110

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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