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heycar review

      Launch year
      2018
      Body type
      Van
      Fuel type
      Petrol, Diesel
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Modern, efficient, practical small van

Best bits

  • Maximum payload of one tonne
  • Packed with lots of useful tech
  • Easy to drive with great engines

Not so great

  • Most of that excellent tech is optional
  • Very basic entry-level version
  • Little to make it stand out versus the co-developed models

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Overall verdict

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On the inside

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Driving

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How much does it cost to run

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Prices, versions and specification

Overall verdict

"The Vauxhall Combo is easy to drive, cheap to run and extremely practical. It pretty much ticks all the major boxes that you’d hope for when buying a class leading small van."

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The Vauxhall Combo is based on the same platform as the Citroen Berlingo, Peugeot Expert and the Toyota ProAce City, which means that it provides a fantastic payload with up to 4.4 cubic meters of carrying capacity. Although there is only the one height, there is the ability to slot longer items through into the cabin thanks to the optional FlexCargo hatch in the bulkhead.


There are two lengths on offer, which are dubbed Standard and XL. The shorter measures in at 4.4m long while the XL is 4.75m. You can get a single or dual passenger seat so you can get three in the front, which is not the case for all small vans – the Ford Transit Connect only comes as a two-seater for example. The middle seat is not huge - the gearbox limits legroom - but its existence will be a boost for many van drivers who need to carry the occasional extra passenger.


The Combo offers strong running costs, with official fuel economy figures of up to 54.3mpg, which puts it up with the most efficient vans in the class. 


The diesel engines are all 1.5-litre while there is a 1.2-litre petrol. A fully electric model will join the range in 2021 too. The diesels come with 75, 100 or 130PS. The 100PS engine is the most efficient also the best all round mixture of performance and economy, while the 130PS comes with more power and torque for carrying heavy loads and towing. It’s also the only engine that comes with the eight-speed automatic gearbox and the option of four-wheel drive.


Technology is one area where the Combo really moves the small van class on. It offers a selection of kit that will surely only spread across the class in years to come. The camera system that acts as a rear-view mirror is excellent, but the overload sensor that warns when you are getting close to the payload and when you have exceeded it is an important feature that will help keep drivers legal and help boost efficiency.


All of the Combo models are incredibly easy and stress free to drive, too, with light steering and firm suspension that keeps it controlled over bumps and around corners. Vauxhall also offers an MPV version, the Vauxhall Combo Life.


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Vauxhall Combo Cargo

2300 1.5 Turbo D 100ps H1 Dynamic Van

  • 2021
  • 4,999 miles
  • Pentagon Sheffield Parkway
  • Yorkshire, S94WA
Price (ex VAT):£14,995
HP: £402.69/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £402.69, Customer Deposit: £2,249.00, Total Deposit: £2,249.25, Total Charge For Credit: £1,752.09, Total Amount Payable: £16,747.09, Representative APR: 8.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 4.58%

Vauxhall Combo Cargo

2000 1.5 Turbo D 100ps H1 LE NAV Van

  • 2019
  • 8,635 miles

Manufacturer Approved

  • Thurlow Nunn Vauxhall Norwich
  • Norfolk, NR46AJ
Price (ex VAT):£16,439
HP: £447.41/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 36 Monthly Payments: £447.41, Customer Deposit: £2,465.00, Total Deposit: £2,465.85, Total Charge For Credit: £2,133.61, Total Amount Payable: £18,572.61, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 5.09%

Is the Vauxhall Combo right for you?

The Vauxhall Combo is the perfect all-round small van. For those who are more used to driving a car it will prove unintimidating and easy to use, while those who are after a load lugger that can take a huge payload will find a model that is up to their requirements too.


If you are into the latest technology then there is something for you too, with camera systems that operate in lieu of the rear-view mirror and the incredibly clever overload indicator that should become a regular feature on vans of the future.


Every one of its engines has something going for it, and the addition of an electric model in the future means that it will likely play a leading role in the spread of battery-powered vans. As there is also a crew van and a four-wheel drive version, there is an incredibly high chance that there is a Combo that meets your working needs.


What’s the best Vauxhall Combo model/engine to choose?

There are many Combos to choose from, and with them aiming at a wide variety of business needs, it’s likely that one model won’t suit all. A four-wheel drive model isn’t going to work for those doing lots of motorway miles due to its higher fuel costs, for example. 


Given that what the Combo does best is cover plenty of miles with ease, there is a strong argument that the version that best shows off its ability is the higher trim LE Nav. This brings a load of excellent kit and a modern touchscreen.


The engines are all great in their own way, but the best all-rounder is the 100PS 1.5-litre diesel. It provides a good blend of economy and performance.


What other cars are similar to the Vauxhall Combo?

The Citroen Berlingo, Peugeot Partner and Toyota Proace City are more than similar to the Combo, they are the same van with different badges and marginally different packaging. Each are as compelling as the Combo.


The other contenders in the class are the Ford Transit Connect and the Volkswagen Caddy. Neither are as modern or as practical as the Vauxhall, but both offer a good driving experience. The Fiat Doblo is another model with a good payload while the Renault Kangoo is another aging option.

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Vauxhall Combo Front Interior

On the inside

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Driving

Vauxhall Combo Left Side View

How much does it cost to run

Vauxhall Combo Front Side View

Prices, versions and specification