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Vauxhall COMBO LIFE ESTATE 1.2 Turbo 130 Energy XL 5dr Auto [7 seat]

Vauxhall COMBO LIFE 1.2 Turbo 130 Energy XL 5dr Auto [7 seat]
Vauxhall COMBO LIFE 1.2 Turbo 130 Energy XL 5dr Auto [7 seat]
Vauxhall COMBO LIFE 1.2 Turbo 130 Energy XL 5dr Auto [7 seat]
Vauxhall COMBO LIFE 1.2 Turbo 130 Energy XL 5dr Auto [7 seat]
Vauxhall COMBO LIFE 1.2 Turbo 130 Energy XL 5dr Auto [7 seat]
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Vauxhall COMBO LIFE 1.2 Turbo 130 Energy XL 5dr Auto [7 seat]
Vauxhall COMBO LIFE 1.2 Turbo 130 Energy XL 5dr Auto [7 seat]
Vauxhall COMBO LIFE 1.2 Turbo 130 Energy XL 5dr Auto [7 seat]
Vauxhall COMBO LIFE 1.2 Turbo 130 Energy XL 5dr Auto [7 seat]
Vauxhall COMBO LIFE 1.2 Turbo 130 Energy XL 5dr Auto [7 seat]

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG51.30
  • 0-62mph secs
  • Top Speed mph
  • C02125 g/km
  • BHP130
  • Torque170 lbs/f
  • P11D29%

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.

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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.

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.

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Driver Convenience
Cruise control + speed limiter
3.5" colour information display
Central facia display with digital clock, outside air temperature and audio information
Driver alert system
Driver information centre with trip computer
Forward collision warning
Front and rear parking sensors
Front camera system
Lane departure warning with lane change assist
Multi function trip computer - Trip odometer, vehicle range, average speed and fuel economy, instantaneous fuel economy and driving time
PAS
Remote control boot opening
Service indicator
Speed sign recognition
Entertainment
Touchscreen infotainment with 8" colour touch screen, DAB radio, USB/iPod, Bluetooth audio streaming, 4 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
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Exterior Features
Manual folding door mirrors
Solid paint
Tailgate with heated window and wash wipe
2 speed wipers+variable intermittent wipe
Automatic lighting control
Body colour bumpers
Body colour bumpers, side protection mouldings and sliding rail cover
Body colour door handles
Body colour door mirrors
Chrome-effect front grille bar
Daytime running lights
Dipping rear view mirror
Electric front windows + drivers one touch
Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
Front fog lights
Glazed tailgate
Heated rear windscreen
Nearside and offside sliding side access door with opening windows
Rear wiper
Solar heat absorbing windscreen
Tinted glass including windscreen
Interior Features
12V electrical accessory socket in passenger side
Air conditioning
12V electrical accessory socket in centre console
2 folding and removable seats in 3rd row
2 individual 3rd row seats
4 way adjustable front head restraints
4 way manually adjustable passenger seat
6 way manually adjustable drivers seat
60/40 split/folding 2nd row of seats
Adjustable dashboard illumination
Ambient lighting
Anti submarining ramps in front seats
Chrome inner door handles
Delay courtesy light function
Drawer under drivers seat
Driver's lumbar support
Driver/passenger reading lights
Driver/passenger sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors + covers
Front body-lock seatbelt pretensioners
Front seat back map pockets
Front/rear courtesy lights
Full width overhead storage shelf with ambient lighting
Height/reach adjust steering wheel
Large open storage pocket behind infotainment screen
Luggage compartment cover
Mistral cloth upholstery
Open storage compartment below glovebox
Pollen filter
Rear adjustable/removable headrests
Rear door pockets with bottle holders
Sliding/reclining 3rd row seats
Small open storage compartment behind gear knob
Two drinks holder in centre console
Two facia mounted drinks holders
Two foldable table with cupholders
Two large and two small open door pockets
USB charging and infotainment in rear of centre console
USB charging point in glovebox
Welcome lighting
Wheels
Tyre repair kit
16" 7 spoke alloy wheels
Packs
Sight and light Pack - Combo Life
Safety
ABS
Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
Child locks on rear doors
CSC - Cornering stability control
Deactivation switch for front passenger front and side impact airbags
Deflation detection system
Deformation zones front and rear
Driver drowsiness alert system
Driver/Front Passenger airbags
Drivers and front passenger lap belt pretensioner system
Electronic brake force distribution
Emergency brake assist
Energy absorbing steering column
ESP
Front seat side impact airbags
Front seatbelt force limiters
Front seatbelt unfastened audible warning and warning light
Full size curtain airbags for driver, front passenger and outer rear passenger seats
Hill start assist
ISOFIX child seat mountings incorporating top tether anchor points located on second row rear seats
Manual park brake
Motor Slip Regulation - Engine Drag Torque Control
Reinforced passenger safety cell
Seatbelt warning
Side impact protection beams
Three 3 point rear seatbelts
Traction control
Two inertia reel seatbelts - 3rd row
Security
2 remote folding keys
Electronically protected audio equipment
Engine deadlock and immobiliser
Keyless entry and start
Locking wheel nuts
Remote control central locking
Visible vehicle identification number
Trim
Chrome instrument cluster dial rings
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 122
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb 162
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max 170
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min 162
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1199
Compression Ratio 10.5:1
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 3
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 75
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 90.5
Engine Code EB2ADTS
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery TURBO INJECTION
Gears 8 SPEED
Number of Valves 12
Transmission SEMI-AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 53.3
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies No
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 57.6
EC Urban (mpg) 45.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 7.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min 7.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min 5.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min 8.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min 6.8
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 39.2
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 40.3
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min 38.1
WLTP - MPG - High - Min 47.8
WLTP - MPG - Low - Min 33.6
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min 41.5
General
Badge Engine CC 1.2
Badge Power 130
Coin Description Turbo [130]
Coin Series Energy XL [7 Seat]
Generation Mark 1
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 12E
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection % 91
NCAP Child Occupant Protection % 81
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 4
NCAP Pedestrian Protection % 58
NCAP Safety Assist % 68
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 12
Service Interval Mileage 16000
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months 72
Timing Belt Interval Mileage 64000
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
Engine Power - BHP 130
Engine Power - KW 96
Engine Power - RPM 5500
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 170
Engine Torque - MKG 23.5
Engine Torque - NM 230
Engine Torque - RPM 1750
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 205/60 R16
Tyre Size Rear 205/60 R16
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style 7 SPOKE
Wheel Type 16" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height (including roof rails) 1880
Length 4403
Wheelbase 2977
Width 1921
Width (including mirrors) 2107
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 61
Gross Vehicle Weight 2270
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 2693
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 1538
Max. Loading Weight 745
Max. Roof Load 100
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1000
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 750
Minimum Kerbweight 1525
No. of Seats 7

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
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24 months 10,000 miles p/a £591.34 p/m £12.50 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £636.78 p/m £34.93 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £676.08 p/m £64.43 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £474.11 p/m £19.01 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £516.38 p/m £47.70 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £549.56 p/m £81.81 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £421.52 p/m £27.69 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £454.78 p/m £59.83 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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An excess mileage charge will apply if you exceed the contracted mileage. The exact charge will be confirmed on the official quotation prior to your acceptance to proceed

Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
Adaptive cruise control £250.00
Advanced Park Assist £200.00
Head up Display £355.00
Wireless charger for mobile devices £105.00
Entertainment
Touchscreen navigation and infotainment with 8" screen, DAB radio, USB/iPod, Bluetooth Audio streaming, 6 speakers + Apple CarPlay/Android Auto + RDS £450.00
Exterior Features
Dark tinted rear windows £110.00
Detachable towbar with trailer stability programme £600.00
Metallic paint £565.00
Pearlescent paint £565.00
Roof rails £150.00
Tailgate with opening heated window and wash/wipe facility £305.00
Interior Features
230 Volt electrical accessory socket £50.00
Dual zone electronic climate control including air conditioning £200.00
Packs
All weather pack - Combo Life £410.00
Child pack - Combo Life £300.00
Parking pack - Combo Life Energy £400.00
Winter Pack - Combo Life £300.00
Paintwork
Metallic - Cool grey £565.00
Metallic - Moonstone grey £565.00
Metallic - Night blue £565.00
Metallic - Quartz grey £565.00
Pearl - Cosmic brown £565.00
Solid - Onyx Black FOC
Solid - White Jade FOC
Security
Remote control security alarm system £200.00
Trim
Mistral cloth - Grey/Angora FOC
Wheels
Full size steel spare wheel £110.00
* option prices shown are estimated