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Vauxhall Combo Cargo

LWB 1.5 Turbo D 100ps Sportive

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  • Air Conditioning
  • Bluetooth
  • Parking Sensors
  • Vehicle Length: 4753mm
  • Load Height: 1243mm
  • Load Length: 2167mm
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Payload: 938kg

Vehicle Description

Vauxhall's Combo cargo is a panel van with the one thing operators really need: serious carrying capacity of up to 4.4m3. Jonathan Crouch reports on the fourth generation version.

Ten Second Review

With their fourth generation Combo, Vauxhall fields a very class-competitive compact van, with both short and long wheelbase body styles that together should be able to satisfy almost every buyer in this segment. With frugal running costs, smart design and strong practicality, it's everything a small LCV should be.

Background

When the time came to develop this fourth generation Combo van, the Combo Cargo, Vauxhall grabbed the opportunity to design something from a clean sheet of paper that would tackle both the LCV market's major small van sectors. Whether you want something spacious yet small (like a Citroen Nemo or a Peugeot Bipper). Or compact but a little bigger (like a Ford Transit Connect or a Renault Kangoo), Vauxhall hopes that this Combo will appeal. The previous generation version used Fiat underpinnings, but this time round, the Combo borrows its platform from two of its closest rivals, the PSA Group Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Partner models. But adds some really clever tech touches of its own.

Driving Experience

These days, van drivers are well used to a car-like response from LCVs, especially small ones. That doesn't necessarily mean an enjoyable driving experience though and in the old third generation Combo with its Fiat Doblo-derived underpinnings, you didn't get one. This fourth generation Combo uses a lighter Peugeot / Citroen Group platform system clever enough to provide supple ride comfort, yet firm enough to resist body roll and support heavy loads. It's a much better compromise. Can the same be said of the engines on offer? Well, the line-up certainly seems effective on paper. 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. 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, well, the slightly clattery note at start-up settles down quite acceptably once you get up to speed.

Design and Build

This third generation Combo has a more modern look but having inspected the smart but practical shape, you're still left with the nagging feeling that there's nothing especially Vauxhall-like about this design, aside from the huge Griffin logo on the front grille. The brand talks of an 'all-new architecture' this time round, which means that this design shares much with two of its closest competitors, the Citroen Berlingo and the Peugeot Partner. Inside, as before, you get a practical cabin with a large lockable glove box, several cubbies in the dash and large door pockets with enough room for half-litre bottles and A4 clipboards. As expected, it's all very car-like - as this design needs to be given that it's also used to create a passenger MPV, the Combo Life. Ahead of you, there's a steering wheel that adjusts for both reach and rake. And you sit very comfortably, with height and lumbar adjustment as well as a built-in armrest. A place to do business.

Market and Model

Prices are much as before, so expect to pay somewhere in the £16,000 to £21,000 (ex VAT) for your Combo Cargo, which is very class-competitive. Lots of fresh technology's been delivered this time round, our favourite feature being the sensor-based load indicator that warns you if the van is overloaded. Once the engine is switched on, a white LED lights up if the weight exceeds 80% of the permitted payload. If the weight is above the limit, an orange signal with an exclamation mark lights up. Why has no one thought of this before? Other innovations available include a Rear View Camera that acts as a "digital" rear view mirror, while a second camera in the passenger side door mirror ensures that the driver has an additional blind spot detection aid. Then there's the 'Flank Guard', a sensor-based system that supports the driver while turning at low speeds, providing a warning when there is a risk that the vehicle side will collide with an obstacle. Intelligrip, an electronic traction control system, is also available. A plethora of driver assistance technology is available too, including Forward Collision Alert with pedestrian detection and Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist, Hill Descent Control, Intelligent Speed Adaptation, Automatic Cruise Control, Driver Drowsiness Alert and Speed Sign Recognition.

Practicalities and Costs

For potential Combo buyers, the practical facts make compulsive reading. No other rival can better this Vauxhall's maximum potential carriage capacity of up to 4.4m3. And you'll do well to better this contender when it comes to wheelbase length, potential payload, rear axle load, maximum load length or maximum load height. Short wheelbase, long wheelbase and crew van body styles are available. And this little LCV can carry a load volume of up to 4.4m3 and a payload of up to a tonne. Longer items up to 3,440mm, such as pipes and ladders, can be stored safely and securely, thanks to the rear swing doors and the useful 'FlexCargo' loading hatch that opens through to the cab. The cargo area has easily enough room to slide in the usual Euro pallet. And running costs? Well here, there's little for operators to worry about. 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. More importantly, it sells more vans in Britain than anyone else. But that position in the market can't be maintained unless the brand is properly represented in the compact LCV segment. This fourth generation Combo ensures that it is, delivering impressive practicality and an impressive set of running costs. You won't see this model making too many headlines, but the reality is that it's one of the most complete vehicles that the brand makes. Quietly concentrating on the things that really matter to operators, to many it'll be invisible, just one of those fixtures of the urban environment that blend into the background. But then, sometimes the very best designs have the very lowest impact. What's important is that this Combo does more than enough to be spotted by the people who count. People who'll find this Vauxhall difficult to ignore in their search for a compact van. Job done.

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Vehicle Specification

Interior Features

  • 12 Volt Electrical Accessory Socket Centre Console
  • 6 Way Adjustable Drivers Seats And 4 Way Adjustable Front Passengers Seats With Lumbar Adjustment
  • Anti-Submarining Ramps In Front Seats
  • Cab Heating System With Six Speed Fan, Illuminated Controls, Four Adjustable Facia Vents, Windscreen Demist Vents And Side Window Demist Vents
  • Carpet Floor Covering
  • Curitiba Fabric Seat Trim Upholstery
  • Driver's Top Lidded Glovebox
  • Front Passenger Sunvisor
  • Full Width Overhead Storage Shelf With Ambient Lighting
  • Illuminated Load Area
  • Large Open Storage Pocket Behind Infotainment Screen
  • Open Storage Compartment Below Glovebox
  • Reach And Rake Adjustable Steering Column
  • Six Fixed Floor Mounted Load Restraint Lashing Eyes
  • Small Open Storage Compartment Behind Gear Lever
  • Sun Visor And Vanity Mirror For Driver Side
  • Two Drinks Holders In Centre Console
  • Two Facia Mounted Drinks Holders
  • Two Large And Two Small Open Door Pockets
  • 12 volt electrical accessory socket passenger side
  • Air conditioning
  • Full height steel bulkhead

Driver Convenience

  • Central Facia Display With Audio Information, Digital Clock, Outside Temperature With Ice Warning And Additional Features About Infotainment System
  • Centrally Located Instrument Cluster With Service Due Indicator And Trip Computer Data
  • Instrumentation Speedometer, Rev Counter, Fuel Gauge With Low Fuel Warning Light And Water Temperature Gauge And Shift Up Indication Warning Light
  • Multi-Function Trip Computer With Trip Mileage, Vehicle Range, Average Speed, Average And Instantaneous Fuel Economy
  • Speed Sensitive Electric Power Assisted System
  • Vauxhall Connect
  • Cruise control with speed limiter and intelligent speed adaptation
  • Rear park assist

Exterior Features

  • Automatic Lighting Control
  • Body Colour Front And Rear Bumpers
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Electrically Operated Front Windows With Safety Autoreverse One Touch Facility
  • Offside Sliding Side Door
  • Side Protection Mouldings
  • Solar Heat Absorbing Windscreen
  • Tinted Windows
  • Two Speed Windscreen Wipers With Variable Intermittent Wipe
  • Dipping rear view mirror
  • Manual folding door mirrors
  • Twin electrically adjustable/heated door mirrors
  • Twin solid rear doors
  • Two coat Metallic
  • Unglazed rear access twin solid rear doors

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Front Overhang 892
  • Height 1860
  • Length 4753
  • Load Deck Height 610
  • Load Height 1243
  • Load Length 2167
  • Load Space Width Between Wheel Arches 1229
  • Load Width 1527
  • Lower Rear Door Width 1241
  • Rear Door Height 1196
  • Rear Overhang 886
  • Side Load Door Height 1072
  • Side Load Door Width 675
  • Turning Circle - Kerb To Kerb 11.8
  • Wheelbase 2975
  • Width (Excluding Mirrors) 1848
  • Width (Including Mirrors) 2107

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 50
  • Gross Train Weight 3355
  • Gross Vehicle Weight 2355
  • Load Space Volume 3.9
  • Max. Roof Load 100
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 600
  • Minimum Kerbweight 1417
  • No. Of Seats 2
  • Payload 938
  • Plated 2Nd Axle 1400
  • Plated Front Axle 1200

Performance

  • Bhp 100
  • Engine Power Kw 74
  • Engine Power Rpm 3500
  • Engine Torque Lbs.Ft 184
  • Engine Torque Mkg 25.5
  • Engine Torque Nm 250
  • Engine Torque Rpm 1750

General

  • Did At Least One Aspect Of This Vehicles Safety Give Cause For Concern? No
  • Badge Engine Cc 1.5
  • Badge Power 100
  • Clutch Single Dry Plate
  • Exhaust System Catalytic Converter
  • Front Brakes Ventilated Discs
  • Front Suspension Macpherson Struts With Coil Springs
  • Ghost Model For Valuation Purposes No
  • Hand Brake Rear Wheels
  • Rear Brakes Drum
  • Rear Suspension Mini Block Springs
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months 24
  • Service Interval Mileage 25000
  • Special Edition No
  • Special Order No
  • Standard Manufacturers Warranty - Mileage 60000
  • Standard Manufacturers Warranty - Years 3
  • Steering Pas Rack And Pinion
  • This Vehicle Is Classed As A Car For Ved Purposes No
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months 72
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage 80000
  • Vehicle Homologation Class N1

Vehicle specification information is supplied by a third party. We endeavour to ensure all information is correct but cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions.

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David Banks said on November 15 2019

First week of use and very impressed with this van. Good looking van, good handling.

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