Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationOptional ExtrasIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • Electric PAS
  • Key in ignition warning alarm
  • Lights on audible warning
  • Locking fuel cap
  • Rev counter
  • Service indicator
  • Trip computer
  • Warning lights

Exterior Features

  • 2 speed windscreen wipers with intermittent wipe and electric screenwash
  • Bodyside mouldings
  • Daytime running lights
  • Dipping rear view mirror
  • Electric front windows
  • Headlamp levelling
  • Laminated windscreen

Interior Features

  • 2 coat hooks
  • Air blend heater
  • Carpeted cabin area
  • Centre console + drinks holder
  • Courtesy light
  • Drivers seat adjustable for reach and rake
  • Front door pockets
  • Front sun visors with vanity mirror on passenger side
  • Height adjustable head restraints
  • Illuminated load area
  • Load lashing rings
  • Locking glovebox
  • Passenger seat with reach and rake adjustment
  • Pollen filter
  • Reach and rake adjustable steering column
  • Storage box on drivers side facia

Safety

  • 3 point inertia reel seatbelts with pretensioners and force limiters
  • Drivers airbag
  • Height adjustable driver's inertia reel seatbelt

Security

  • Electronic immobiliser
  • Remote central locking and deadlocks
  • Steering column lock

Technical

  • 12V accessory socket
  • ABS + EBD
  • ESP with ASR traction control + hill start assist

Wheels

  • 15" steel wheels
  • Wheel centre covers

Emissions

CO2 (g/km)

133

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 5

Engine and Drive Train

Automatic Transmission

1

Cylinders - Bore (mm)

69.6

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

1248

Compression Ratio

16.8:1

Cooling System

WATER

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

4

Engine Code

Engine Layout

FRONT TRANSVERSE

Engine Make

Fuel Delivery

COMMON RAIL

Fuel Delivery

DIESEL

Gears

5 SPEED

Manual Transmission

1

Number of Valves

16

Cylinders - Stroke (mm)

82

Camshaft

DOHC

Fuel Consumption

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Combined (mpg)

56.5

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

67.3

EC Urban (mpg)

43.5

General

Safety Concerns?

1

Badge Engine CC

1.3

Badge Power

90

Based On ID

Battery Volts

12

Chassis Engine Number

Clutch

SINGLE DRY PLATE

Coin Description

Coin Gross Vehicle Weight Code

Coin Power Output Code

Coin Series

Coin Wheelbase Description Code

Coin Wheelbase Name Code

Front Brakes

VENTILATED DISCS

Front Suspension

MACPHERSON STRUTS WITH COIL SPRINGS

Timing Belt Interval Mileage

0

Hand Brake

REAR WHEELS

Insurance Group 1

Insurance Group 2

Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years

6

Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years

1

NCAP Safety Assist %

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

Badge Power

Badge Engine CC

Vehicle Homologation Class

Running Cost League Headings

NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %

24

Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months

21000

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage

60000

Standard manufacturers warranty - Years

3

Service Interval Frequency - Months

0

NCAP Pedestrian Protection %

NCAP Child Occupant Protection %

Vehicle Homologation Class

N1

Vin/Frame No.

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

Engine Power - BHP

90

Engine Power - KW

66

Engine Power - RPM

4000

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

148

Engine Torque - MKG

20

Engine Torque - NM

200

Engine Torque - RPM

1500

Top Speed

97

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Automatic Clutch

1

Plated 3rd Axle

Plated 4th Axle

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Make

Tyre Size Front

185/65 R15

Tyre Size Rear

185/65 R15

Tyre Size Spare

TYRE REPAIR KIT

Wheel Style

Wheel Type

15" STEEL

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1845

Height (including roof rails)

Length

4390

Load Height

1305

Load Length

1820

Load Space Width Between Wheel Arches

1230

Side Load Door Height

1175

Side Load Door Width

700

Turning Circle - Wall to Wall

Wheelbase

2755

Width

1832

Width (including mirrors)

2119

Weight and Capacities

Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb

11.2

Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

60

Gross Train Weight

3020

Gross Vehicle Weight

2020

Load Space Volume

3

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

Luggage Capacity - 2nd Row Seats Removed

Luggage Capacity - 2nd Row Seats Up

Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Down

Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Removed

Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Up

Max. Roof Load

100

Max. Towing Weight - Braked

1000

Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked

500

Minimum Kerbweight

1270

No. of Seats

2

Max. Loading Weight

750

On The Road

Driver Convenience

Entertainment

Exterior Features

Interior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Safety

Security

Technical

Trim

Wheels

Summary

The Combo has been a goose that hasn't stopped laying golden eggs for Vauxhall and the company has been understandably reluctant to mess with a formula that was clearly popular with customers. Chalking up sales of over 200,000 units and placing creditably at the International Van of the Year awards, the Combo is simple and that's the way the market likes it. The latest model is a more sophisticated thing and that might take a little getting used to. Of course, its drivers certainly aren't going to baulk at its improved comfort and its payload benefits are going to appeal to even the meanest of operators. With a huge range of body combinations and engine permutations, the Combo might take a little getting to know but it's worth the effort.

Background

Light panel vans have come a long way. Once the preserve of the impecunious jobbing tradesman or pizza deliverer not keen on the elements, they've grown in recent years. The ability to slot a Europallet-sized load bay was one of the key drivers and since then the market has burgeoned as canny operators realised that their medium panel vans were often over specified for the tasks at hand. The Vauxhall Combo has been one of the leading lights in the sector, and this Corsa-based van has been replaced with an all-new model. Some would say about time too, this current model having been on the books for more than ten years now, but Vauxhall seemed unwilling to mess with a formula that was still generating big sales. Those looking to future proof themselves for a while yet will certainly want to take a closer look at this current, bigger model.

Driving Experience

There's no shortage of choice as the Combo is offered with no fewer than four diesel engines. The units include a 1.3-litre CDTi and a 1.6-litre CDTi, each with 90PS, as well as a 1.6 CDTi variant with 105PS and a powerful 2.0-litre CDTi engine providing 135PS. The 1.3-litre CDTi engines are fitted with five-speed manual transmissions, while the more powerful CDTi units have a six-speed manual transmission. The reason why there are two engines of different capacities with the same power output is that the 90PS 1.6-litre CDTi is also offered with Vauxhall's 'Tecshift' automated five-speed manual transmission. With the exception of the Tecshift units, all powertrains are available with Start/Stop functionality to deliver lower fuel consumption and emissions. The Combo's steeply raked deep windscreen is unusual in this class and together with the low bonnet line, gives the driver exceptional visibility. Generous panoramic exterior mirrors with integrated indicator repeaters provide outstanding rearward vision which is a key safety advantage.

Design and Build

The Combo is all about space. It uses what it has extremely smartly. Two body lengths (4.39m and 4.74m) combined with two heights (1.85m and 2.10m) offer exceptional loading possibilities and, again, plenty of customer choice. With the L1 the load volume is 3,400 litres whereas the L2 packs in 4,200 litres with load lengths of 1.82m (L1) and 2.17m (L2) and the load width of 1.71m. The Combo also offers a choice of two payloads: 750kg and 1,000kg. A conveniently low loading height (54.5cm) combined with wide opening sliding side doors enable easier loading and convenient access to cargo. An optional upward opening flap built into the rear of the roof of Combo L1H1 models enable the secure transport of longer loads such as ladders and pipes. As for convenience and storage, the Combo acquits itself very well with spacious door pockets, dashboard storage and a lockable glove box that can hold a decently-sized laptop. The Sportive version also features an overhead storage shelf in the cabin for additional storage capacity. The standard seat trim is cube black cloth with hardwearing vinyl black available as a free-of-charge option.

Market and Model

Sporty? A Combo van? Okay, so it's not exactly a road rocket but customers will probably see the benefit of air conditioning, metallic paint, body-colour bumpers and door mirrors, nearside sliding door, driver seat with height adjustment, armrest and lumbar support and full wheel covers. Even the entry-level model Combo gets remote central door locking with deadlocks, full-steel bulkhead, trip computer, electric power steering, driver's airbag, ABS with EBD, CD/radio and a 12 volt power outlet in the dashboard. There are some interesting items on the options list including cruise control, rear parking distance sensors, automatic climate control and ESP with hill holder. Front passenger's airbag and/or side-impact airbags, glazed rear doors or tailgate, longitudinal roof bars and winter tyres are also available. A choice of three option packs are also available. The load compartment pack includes overhead storage shelf in the cabin, PVC lining for the loading compartment floor, rear auxiliary power outlet and a removable courtesy light. The winter pack consists of headlamp wash, fog lights, external temperature sensor and electric adjustable door mirrors. Finally, the driver pack includes CD50 multimedia reader (Bluetooth/USB/MP3),steering column mounted audio controls and leather steering wheel and gear knob. Prices start at £14,703 excluding VAT.