The new Vauxhall Combo Life van-based MPV is set to arrive in showrooms in September 2018, priced from £20,530. Sharing its platform with the recently revealed Citroen Berlingo, the car is the first ‘leisure activity vehicle’ from the British brand.
Much like its Citroen relative, the Combo Life will be available in two sizes (standard and XL) and with the choice of five or seven seats. A focus on practicality means the MPV has a good balance between passenger and luggage space – the standard car boasts a 2,126-litre boot with the seats folded, while the longer-wheelbase model offers 2,693 litres. Other practical features include three individual seats in the rear, each with their own ISOFIX points, along with sliding rear doors.
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Inside, the Combo Life shares its basic layout with the Berlingo. The car will be offered in two trim levels Design and Energy, with only Energy offering the option of seven seats. The entry-level Design is powered by a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine with a six-speed manual gearbox. Air-conditioning, DAB radio and Bluetooth are standard.
The Energy trim is priced from £21,970 with the same 1.2-litre petrol engine as the Design, a six-speed gearbox and five seats. Additional standard kit here encompasses an eight-inch colour touchscreen infotainment system, 16-inch alloy wheels and front and rear parking sensors. Going for seven seats ups the price to £22,530; this configuration also adds 35:30:35 split-folding second-row seats, two removable third-row seats and two foldable tables with cup-holders.
A 1.5-litre diesel engine is also available for the Combo Life, making either 97 or 128bhp.
The Combo Life will come with a range of standard and optional safety features, much like the Citroen it shares underpinnings with. These include a head-up display, automatic emergency braking with a forward collision alert system, road-sign recognition, lane-keeping assistance and adaptive cruise control. A panoramic parking camera is also offered, along with ‘Flank Guard’ – a system that warns of obstacles to the sides of the car during low-speed maneuvers.