The current Combo launched in the UK in 2012. Based on Fiat’s Doblo Cargo, it impresses with a wide range of derivatives to choose from, solid build quality and reliability, low running costs, and more than respectable driveability.
It has inherited the lightweight, compact, bi-link rear suspension system from the Doblo Cargo, which improves ride quality while lowering load height and increasing storage space between the wheel arches.
The vehicle comes with 90hp 1.3, 105hp 1.6 and 135hp 2.0 common-rail diesel engines and a 1.4-litre 95hp petrol unit. The most frugal is the 90hp.
Two wheelbases, two overall lengths and two roof heights are on offer, meaning load capacities of 3.4m3 to 4.2m3 with payloads ranging from 750kg to 1,000kg.
Vauxhall also offers a long-wheelbase high-roof (L2H2) version of the Combo with a 1.0t payload.
The cabins are comfortable with high-quality materials and plenty of storage space too.
Vauxhall’s new Combo Life – the passenger-carrying version – will arrive in showrooms before the end of 2018.
Sample model: 2300 Sportive 1.3CDTi
Engine size 1.3-litre
Load volume 3.4m3
Combined mpg 56.5mpg
Price (ex VAT) £18,173