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heycar review

      Launch year
      2018
      Body type
      MPV
      Fuel type
      Petrol, Diesel
Dan Powell

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Dan Powell

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Best bits

  • Practical and useable 
  • Comfortable and easy to drive
  • Generous levels of standard equipment

Not so great

  • Not as stylish as the Citroen Berlingo
  • Five-speed gearbox can make the engine noisy on the motorway
  • Harsh van-like interior plastics 

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Vauxhall Combo Life Front Side View

Overall verdict

Vauxhall Combo Life Front Interior

On the inside

Vauxhall Combo Life Front View

Driving

Vauxhall Combo Life Right Side View

How much does it cost to run

Vauxhall Combo Life Rear Side View

Prices, versions and specification

Overall verdict

"If you're in the market for a family car that's spacious, practical, can seat three kids across the back and starts at under £25,000, the Vauxhall Combo Life is it. "

Vauxhall Combo Life Front Side View

Based on the impressive Citroen Berlingo MPV and Peugeot Rifter, the Combo Life is one of the most usable and likeable family cars. All are generously equipped as standard and feature a pair of side sliding rear doors.


Two versions are available: the 4.4 metre standard model, or the longer 4.7 metre XL. Both offer a whopping amount of boot space, even with the seats up: 600 and 850 litres, respectively, from glass to seat. 


The Combo Life can be specified with five or seven-seats. With the seats down, there’s 2126 litres of storage available with a 2700mm load length. The XL boasts 2693 and 3050mm. That should make short work of the tip run, while your friends will have to form an orderly queue if they want to borrow it to go to Ikea.


The feather in the Combo Life’s box-like cap is found in the ride comfort. The suspension is soft and irons out the harshest of speed humps and potholes with ease. 


Admittedly, it isn’t the sharpest tool in the box when it comes to handling. Yes it's based on the Vauxhall Combo van but most Combo Life buyers won’t care. The handling is soft, predictable and comfortable. The boxlike shape is perfect for ferrying the family around and there are some great deals for the Combo Life on the second-hand market. 


If you want a practical car that’s well-made, easy to drive and good value, the Vauxhall Combo Life is the one for you.


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  • All cars come with a warranty
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  • All quality checked

Vauxhall Combo Life

1.5 Turbo D Energy XL 5dr [7 seat]

  • 2020
  • 1,500 miles

Manufacturer Approved

  • Thurlow Nunn Vauxhall Great Yarmouth
  • Suffolk, NR310HB
Price:£18,999
PCP: £343.52/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £343.52, Customer Deposit: £2,849.00, Total Deposit: £2,849.85, Optional Final Payment: £7,540.00, Total Charge For Credit: £3,414.05, Total Amount Payable: £22,413.05, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 9.45%, Excess Mileage Charge: 4ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Vauxhall Combo Life

1.5 Turbo D 130 Energy 5dr Auto

  • 2019
  • 2,153 miles

Manufacturer Approved

  • Drive Vauxhall Weston-super-Mare
  • Somerset, BS228NA
Price:£15,500
PCP: £286.33/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £286.33, Customer Deposit: £2,325.00, Total Deposit: £2,325.00, Optional Final Payment: £6,875.00, Total Charge For Credit: £3,721.55, Total Amount Payable: £19,221.55, Representative APR: 12.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 12.19%, Excess Mileage Charge: 9ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the Vauxhall Combo Life right for you?

Car badge snobs should look away now, this is not the car for you. Far from it, the Vauxhall Combo Life is a practical and comfortable family MPV that caters for people who care more about value for money than the latest trends. 


The Combo Life’s boxy design will alienate a lot of buyers who will turn their nose up at its van-origins, but their loss is your gain because this is an excellent all-round family car. All versions are easy to use and cheap to run. They are also well-equipped as standard, which means you don’t have to drop £10,000 on a load of expensive extras to get the best out of it.  


The five-seater XL provides the most storage space, while the seven-seater (also in XL bodystyle) provides a family-friendly bus that takes the stress out of the school run. Think of the Vauxhall Combo as the Swiss Army knife of cars, with its array of tables, boxes and cubby holes catering for everything a family can throw at it. 

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

The 1.2-litre petrol will suit you if you regularly use your car for short journeys around town and on the daily school run. The 130PS version is the best petrol engine owing to its high level of low-gear acceleration. It also gets a smooth six-speed manual gearbox as standard.


Long distance drivers who cover more than 12,000 miles annually will be better suited with the 130PS 1.5-litre diesel. Like the higher powered petrol, it gets a six-speed manual gearbox as standard and the option of an eight-speed torque converter automatic transmission.


There are three trim levels to choose from - Design, Energy and Elite. We think the mid-spec Energy model is the best. It gets all of the essentials, including touchscreen infotainment, parking sensors and automatic headlights and windscreen wipers. 


The top-spec Elite model is worth seeking out if you want factory-fit navigation, climate control and electric rear windows. The glass panoramic roof is an essential option, in our view, so don’t buy a model without it.


What other cars are similar to the Vauxhall Combo Life?

The Vauxhall Combo Life shares its engines and mechanical platform with the Citroen Berlingo MPV and the Peugeot Rifter. All three models are broadly similar and rival the Ford Tourneo Connect and Volkswagen Caddy Life


The Combo Life goes up against a wide choice of family SUVs, too. Including the Skoda Karoq and Kia Sportage. However, while Vauxhall’s SUV rivals are better to drive and have plusher cabins, they can’t match the Combo Life for space or practicality.


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Vauxhall Combo Life Front Interior

On the inside

Vauxhall Combo Life Front View

Driving

Vauxhall Combo Life Right Side View

How much does it cost to run

Vauxhall Combo Life Rear Side View

Prices, versions and specification