Vauxhall Combo Life

From 33.210 euros
  • Bodywork van
  • Doors 5
  • Plazas 5 - 7
  • Power 136 cv
  • How to consume it 19,3 - 21l/100km
  • Trunk 597 - 850 liters
  • Assessment 4

Most of today's industrial vehicles have their origins several decades ago. The Opel Combo has always been one of the best-known models in the category. Presented in industrial format, the passenger unit has always been accompanied by the official name Vauxhall Combo Life. A state-of-the-art MPV that responds to the decreasing demand for compact minivans such as the now defunct Opel Zafira.

If we go back to the origins of the Opel Combo we discover that its first edition dates back to 1994. That first unit was actually a version derived from the Opel Kadett, the compact model of the time, also known as the Opel Astramax in certain markets. You have to go back in time, until 2001 to find the first passenger Combo, which later, in 2018, was renamed in a private way to Combo Life.

As with the Opel Zafira Life, the surname indicates that we are dealing with an MPV derived from an industrial vehicle. More specifically of the latest batch of last mile light vans developed by the now called Stellantis Group and Toyota. All the firms of the conglomerate, including the Japanese, offer a model similar to the Opel Combo Life on the market. In the case of shared developments and technologies.

Technical characteristics of the Opel Combo Life

Opel Combo-e Cargo profile

One of the most notorious and important changes in this new range of vehicles from the Stellantis Group, where Opel, is employment of the EMP2 platform. This state-of-the-art structure is the same that we can see in other vehicles of the multinational conglomerate such as the Peugeot 3008Opel Grandland or even the DS 7 Crossback. It stands out for its adaptability to different models and different propulsion systems.

Peugeot sells two bodies of different sizes: Short and Long. For that reason the external measures change. The smallest model shows dimensions that reach 4,4 meters long, 1,85 meters wide and 1,84 meters high with a wheelbase of 2,78 meters. The top-sized version stretches to 4,75 meters long, 1,85 meters wide and 1,88 meters tall with a wheelbase of 2,97 meters.

Given the variations in size and wheelbase, the Combo Life offers a capacity for five or seven passengers in both bodies, with individual seats. When it comes to load capacity, the smallest model announces a trunk volume with 597 liters capacity. In its superior format, the Long Life Combo offers 850 liters minimum capacity. Either way, the rear two rows can be folded down and removed from the vehicle, converting to a regular cargo vehicle.

Mechanical range and gearboxes of the Opel Combo Life

Vauxhall Combo Life

Although the EMP2 platform allows access to various mechanical assemblies. A early 2022, the Stellantis Group, including Opel, decides to eliminate a large part of the Combo Life fleet. In this way, goodbye is said to the traditional diesel and gasoline thermal engines in the passenger units, leaving the traditional blocks for the industrial models. Change forced by the current and more restrictive European emission regulations.

The only option available is 100% electric variant called Opel Combo-e Life. Available in short and long sizes, the electric van has a front motor of 136 horsepower and 260 Nm of torque engine. It is powered by a 50 kWh gross capacity lithium-ion battery, allowing it to homologate a range of up to 285 kilometers in the WLTP cycle.

With an estimated consumption between 19,3 and 21 kWh per 100 kilometers travelled, for recharging, Peugeot opts for high-power charging systems. Up to a maximum of 100 kW in direct current and up to 11 kW in alternating current. With these figures, you can recover from 0 to 80% of the battery in just 30 minutes, reaching a maximum of 15 hours of connection if the recharge is done in a 3,7 kW domestic outlet.

Opel Combo Life equipment

Industrial vehicles converted into passenger cars have many habitability advantages, although quality has never been one of their strong points. The MPV family of the Stellantis Group offers vehicles that are very well presented inside. A pleasing design is combined with a choice of materials common in the segment. An excessive use of hard plastics reduces the sense of perceived quality, although the general comfort is very good.

As usual in the German firm, the technology offered is structured in different levels of equipment. From smallest to largest endowment we find: Edition, Elegance and Elegance Plus. These are very closed equipment packages that barely allow the possibility of adding or subtracting elements. Aesthetically there are certain differences between the finishes, mainly in the GT version.

As far as equipment is concerned, the Opel Combo Life enjoys its own technologies to those of any conventional tourism. In the list of elements we find some interesting options such as: dual zone climate control, parking cameras, access and start, multimedia system with eight-inch touch screen, connectivity for mobile devices, and a complete safety equipment and driving assistants.

The Opel Combo Life in video

The Opel Combo Life according to Euro NCAP

In 2018, when it was launched on the market, the Opel Combo, and its different versions, was analyzed in the famous Euro NCAP safety test, receiving a four-star rating. It is the same result obtained for all derived models based on the EMP2 platform. The results by sections are: 9,1 in adult passenger protection, 8,1 in child passenger protection, 5,8 in pedestrian vulnerability and 6,8 in driving assistants.

The Opel Combo Life of Km 0 and second hand

The first generation of the Opel Combo Life has reached the market very discreetly, so it is not common to find zero kilometer or semi-new units on the market. At this point, the recreational model takes advantage given the long road traveled by its commercial version, the Combo. Throughout its history, the German model has been characterized by its durability and reliability.. All this allows it to offer a depreciation value of around 28%, placing it in the general average of the category.

If we take a look at the used and second-hand channel we see a wide variety of models. Of course all units correspond to the current model. Prices start at around 15.000 euros for models that are two years old, access diesel mechanic with 40.000 kilometers traveled. The Km 0 channel does not offer as many alternatives, raising the minimum amounts to figures close to 19.000 euros.

Rivals of the Opel Combo Life

The industrial derived MPV market is growing in all shapes and sizes. The offer has increased, although the Combo Life could not be considered as one of the reference models as it has such residual sales.. Despite this, the rivalry has increased in recent years. Partly due to the arrival of sister versions of other brands such as the Peugeot RifterCitroën Berlingo or  Toyota ProAce City Verso. To these units we can add others within the category such as Volkswagen CaddyRenault KangooDacia DokkerMercedes Citan or  Ford Tourneo Connect. All of them similar in configuration, sizes and prices.


  • Versatility
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  • mechanical range

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  • Quality of some materials
  • High price
  • gait refinement

Opel Combo Life prices

The disappearance of the classic compact minivans is caused by the rise of other segments and by the excellent price-product ratio of MPV vehicles derived from industrial ones. The starting price of the Opel Combo-e Life is 34.490 euros, without discounts or promotions. That amount corresponds to an electric model with a short body and Edition finish. The most expensive of the family is the Combo-e Life with Elegance Plus finish and Long bodywork. In that case the minimum sale price is 42.400 euros, without offers or promotions.

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