The New Vauxhall Combo Life is a practical and versatile vehicle aimed at active families and empty nesters.
The Combo Life is available as a 4.4m standard length version or a longer 4.75m-long Combo XL model, with two sliding rear doors as standard. Both variants have a height of 1.8m and are available with either five or seven seats, ensuring that even large families, along with their pets, can enjoy a spacious and comfortable ride.
Transporting a large amount of luggage for the family holiday is also easy thanks to the spacious luggage volume. 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.
However, the Combo Life is not only a spacious and highly comfortable family vehicle, it can also double as a small transporter. With the rear seats folded down, the boot volume of the standard version more than triples to 2,126 litres /2700mm maximum load length. The longer version of the Combo Life offers even more capacity when the rear seats are folded down, with a whopping 2,693 litres/3050mm maximum load length.
The new Combo Life offers an unparalleled amount of storage in its segment. The ‘hatbox’ above the windscreen is perfect for smaller items, while the driver, front seat passenger and those in back seats can stow their personal items in large door pockets. Seat-back pockets and drawers offer further storage for those in the back. The driver and front seat passenger can take advantage of the upper and lower glovebox. As the airbag on the passenger side is located in the roof, the cooled upper glovebox offers a lot of space, even for large items, and is the ideal place to store drinks.
When ordered with a panoramic roof, the Combo Life comes with overhead storage running down the centre of the vehicle with LED lighting as standard. In this configuration, it is also fitted with a large 36-litre storage box mounted above the ‘hat tray’ in the boot. The storage box is ideal for clothes, books or small toys. It can be loaded from the rear when the boot is open or via the optional opening window integrated in the tailgate and accessed from inside the vehicle via two sliding doors at the front of the box.
Those in need of even more space and storage, or those who want to tow a small caravan (trailer load up to 1,500kg), can fit a trailer via the optional fixed or removable towing hook. To ensure the safest possible driving conditions, the Combo Life comes with Trailer Stability Control as standard when ordered with a towing hook. This additional ESP function stabilises the trailer or slows the vehicle as required.
First-class ergonomics have been a design priority for the Combo Life’s cabin from the outset. The centre console is clearly divided in three different areas. The upper section is devoted to a prominent infotainment screen, with heating and ventilation controls below that, and ample storage for a 500ml bottle in the lower section. The driver also enjoys an excellent overall view, thanks to the elevated seating position and the large windscreen.
The heated steering wheel, a unique feature in the segment, means that Combo Life drivers will never have to worry about cold hands again; the heated front seats also keep the cold at bay. Elsewhere, the optional air-conditioning or dual zone climate control keeps you and the family cool, even on hot days. The integrated sensors adjusts the system depending on intensity of the sun, while the humidity sensor and automatic air dispersion prevent misting. In addition, electric front windows come as standard and are also available as an option in the second row.
The second-row seating setup of both variants also caters for individual preferences. For the five-seater versions, the second-row seats are split 60/40, while on the seven-seater models the second-row splits 35/30/35. In both cases, each second-row seating position has its own ISOFIX child seat bracket as standard allowing for three child seats to be fitted next to each other - a rarity in the market.
Each seat has a top tether anchor point designed to lessen forward movement of the front-facing child seat in the event of a frontal collision, thus reducing the risk of injury. Meanwhile, optional folding tables embedded in the backrests of the front seats increase comfort even further, especially on a long journey. They can be used as shelves for smartphones or tablets, or as an ideal tray for a snack including a drink; corresponding cup holders are already integrated. And easy access to the passenger compartment is guaranteed by the sliding doors.
Regardless whether children or adults are travelling in the rear, everyone can enjoy a wonderful view of the sky, thanks to the optional panoramic roof. When the sun is too strong, an electric sunblind, activated though a switch in the overhead console, can be closed, providing total protection.
Combo Life customers can choose between a variety of turbocharged, direct-injection petrol and diesel engines, all of which combine driving pleasure with low CO2 emissions from 111g/km and fuel economy up to 67.3mpg.
All powertrains meet the stringent Euro 6d-TEMP emissions standards, mandated from September 2019. The all-aluminium units are available with modern five- or six-speed manual transmission. 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.
Turbocharged and with variable turbine geometry, the diesel engine offering comprises a 1.5-litre Turbo D Start/Stop Blueinjection unit available in two power outputs: 100PS and 130PS. The 100PS version offers maximum power of 100PS at 3500rpm and maximum torque of 250Nm at 1750rpm. The 130PS version offers maximum power of 130PS at 3750rpm and maximum torque of 300Nm at 1750rpm. In standard length body style, the 1.5-litre 100PS engine achieves 67.3mpg and CO2emissions of 111g/km.
To ensure optimised exhaust gas treatment, the emission control system on the 1.5-litre Turbo D – which consists of an oxidation catalytic converter/NOx absorber, AdBlue injection, SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) catalytic converter and diesel particulate filter – is a compact unit located close to the engine. The NOx absorber acts as a cold start catalytic converter and limits nitrogen oxide emissions from the start, before SCR takes over at higher operating temperatures.
The new eight-speed automatic is available with the 1.5-litre Turbo D (130PS) and not only enables smooth shifting but loses nothing in efficiency versus the manual gearbox.
The petrol engine offering comprises an award-winning 1.2-litre (110PS) Turbo Start/Stop direct injection unit. It offers maximum power of 110PS @ 5500rpm and maximum torque of 205Nm at 1750rpm. In both Combo Life and Combo Life XL body style, the 1.2-litre petrol engine achieves 51.4mpg combined and CO2 emissions of 125g/km.
In order to reduce particulate emissions as much as possible, the unit has a gasoline particulate filter located close to the engine. This construction enables optimised oxidation of the particles captured by the filter.
A higher output 1.2 petrol unit, producing 130PS, will be available with the 110PS engine from the first half of 2019.
The Combo Life raises 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 segments. Technology and safety features include:
Already available on Vauxhall’s Grandland X SUV, IntelliGrip is an electronic front differential which adapts the torque distribution to the front wheels and allows wheel-spin if necessary. This ensures traction and stable handling regardless of the surface conditions. There are five modes available to the driver to select from: normal; snow; mud; sand; and ESP.
When towing with the Combo Life, the optional towing pack comes as standard with Trailer Stability Control (TSC). This additional ESP function stabilises the swaying of the trailer or slows the vehicle as required. If these measures are not enough to avert all danger, the system reduces engine torque even further and brakes the vehicle so that the critical speed range is left as quickly as possible.
The new generation infotainment systems available in the Combo Life guarantee outstanding on-board entertainment. The Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible Multimedia Radio and Multimedia Navi Pro can be controlled via the eight-inch colour touchscreen, the steering wheel remote controls or voice command. Accessing playlists is just as possible as reading out or dictating text messages. The infotainment systems comes with two USB ports, a double tuner and six speakers.
The integrated navigation system of the top-of-the-range Multimedia Navi Pro unit with European maps and 3D navigation also shows Traffic Messaging Channel updates, ensuring that drivers can always select the perfect route and avoid traffic jams.
And suitable smartphones can be charged without any cables thanks to the optional wireless charging, while DAB+ provides a wider range of radio stations and ensures better sound quality.
The new Combo Life doesn’t just stand out from the crowd with its high-tech solutions, outstanding space and versatility though - it also comes with eye-catching design inside and out. Compared with other cars in the segment, it has a shorter front overhang and a higher bonnet, making it look more balanced, robust and confident. From the front, it displays a typical Vauxhall identity with sculptured details enhancing the feeling of precision and solidity. The high bonnet with two crisp lines, which go from the windshield down to the grille, emphasise the stability of the vehicle.
The interior was designed with driver convenience as a priority. Controls are within easy reach, and the centre console is clearly divided in three areas. The infotainment system dominates the upper portion and sits above the heating and ventilation controls. In the lower portion there is adequate storage space for a 500ml bottle. Chrome accents on the steering wheel, on the door handles and in the air vents add further character and a premium finish.
The Combo Life comes in two trims: Design and Energy, with Energy models available as either a five- or seven-seater. Customers can also choose between two wheelbases: standard and XL. Its diverse powertrain portfolio includes petrol and diesels with either manual or automatic transmission.