New Vauxhall Combo Life 2018 evaluate
As such, Vauxhall desires the Combo Life to carry out two roles. It believes the automotive can appeal to new clients to the model – consumers who have not felt correctly served by its standard MPV choices to this point – in addition to catering for current Zafira Tourer house owners trying to change their automotive in the end. That automotive has already ceased manufacturing and can fade out of showrooms and supplier forecourts within the not too distant future.
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Vauxhall will provide the Combo Life in two lengths, every with two doable seating configurations. There’s the common version, with 5 or seven seats and between 597 litres and a pair of,126 litres of bags room. However the longer-wheelbase mannequin, referred to as Combo Life XL, may even be out there with as much as 2,700 litres of boot house when the seats are folded. Once more, 5 or seven-seat variations are on provide.
There’s not fairly a lot flexibility on trim ranges. Design (five-seater solely) brings body-coloured bumpers, air con, six-way adjustment on the driving force’s seat, cruise management, a DAB radio, electrical (entrance) home windows and central locking. This spec begins at £19,610 – or round £1,000 greater than the most cost effective Citroen Berlingo.
Change as much as Vitality, as we’re testing right here, and also you get a greater end on the dashboard, entrance and rear parking sensors, 16-inch alloy wheels, foglights, a touchscreen infotainment system, and automated headlights and wipers. This spec is your solely selection if you would like seven seats, by the way; select that configuration and you will find the three seats within the second row fold down individually as a substitute of in a 60/40 cut up, and the third row is detachable altogether.
Vauxhall may even promote you a Household Pack that features a entrance passenger seat that folds flat, permitting gadgets of as much as 2.7 metres in size to be accommodated, even within the standard-wheelbase model.
The engine line-up will look acquainted to anybody who’s glanced on the ranges of the sister automobiles from Peugeot and Citroen. Diesels are on the coronary heart of all of it, with a 1.5-litre unit producing both 99bhp and 250Nm or 128bhp and 300Nm. The extra modest of these variations will get a five-speed gearbox; the higher-end unit comes with a six-speed guide nevertheless it may also be ordered with an eight-speed automated.
The petrol possibility at launch is the PSA Group’s PureTech 1.2 three-cylinder turbo, with 109bhp and a six-speed guide. However by this time subsequent yr there must also be a 128bhp model of the identical engine, outfitted with the eight-speed auto. As a information, a petroleum Vitality five-seater will price you £21,010 – barely lower than the comparable Berlingo, though the Citroen will get navigation as customary whereas Vauxhall prices £500 for the privilege.
Right here we’re testing the lower-powered diesel, which can be the cleanest Combo Life on sale, because of CO2 emissions of 111g/km and claimed financial system of 67mpg. It is one in every of PSA’s newest diesel motors and has sufficient shove to deal with the Combo Life’s bulk – simply. It pulls willingly from about 1,200rpm however you will not need to let it drop beneath that stage. And whilst you can rev past 3,000rpm, the engine feels prefer it has achieved its greatest work properly earlier than that time. It is not significantly satisfying to leap between gears, both, because of a usually imprecise PSA linkage on the five-speed field.
Even so, travelling three up, and with a modest quantity of bags, you are more likely to assume this motor completely satisfactory. It is comparatively clean when revved and drops down beneath the (substantial) wind noise once you’re cruising on a motorway.
We additionally tried the 128bhp model and it felt way more comfy. It’s robust sufficient for us to recommend you contemplate it should you’re commonly going to load the Combo Life as much as the gunnels – and let’s face it, that’s the reason you purchase a automotive like this within the first place. We suspect that this motor, with the eight-speed auto, is the mechanical candy spot of the vary – a lot as it’s within the Combo Life’s sister autos.
The Vauxhall’s dealing with is a curious combine, brought on by its platform configuration. The entrance finish is essentially the identical EMP2 underpinnings that you just get within the Peugeot 3008, however the rear is a little more rudimentary, as suspension sophistication is sacrificed within the identify of practicality and baggage house.
On the street this interprets right into a car that steers with affordable precision – certainly, the preliminary crispness of response could shock you – however which succumbs to physique roll if pushed with a lot gusto. Nonetheless, the general set-up is comfy sufficient for cruising on British roads, with solely greater potholes thunking via to the cabin at decrease speeds. We might hesitate to name it nimble, however it’s straightforward to place the automotive in narrower roads. Thanks, partly, to the big glass space and glorious visibility.
Inside, match and end really feel a small notch above what you’d discover in a fundamental Berlingo – a mirrored image, little doubt, of the place Vauxhall is attempting to pitch the Combo Life within the PSA MPV household. However it’s not fairly as slick inside because the Rifter and whereas there are many helpful touches, with deep door bins and loads of oddment house across the facia, you might end up resorting to the add-on packs to get the best options. These embrace roof storage and the aeroplane locker-style trunk on the rear of the cabin.
No matter which bells and whistles you go for, the house on provide is gigantic, with baggage of room for 5 grown-ups and the likelihood to place three baby seats throughout the second row, the place all the seats have ISOFIX factors.
Vauxhall’s model of the PSA infotainment system is little greater than a reskin, in the meantime. We might save the £500 that Vauxhall desires for together with navigation and make do with the standard-fit Android and Apple connectivity, which lets you use your telephone for instructions. It is a greater system anyway.