Vauxhall Combo Cargo review

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The Vauxhall Combo Cargo van nameplate has been on the UK’s roads for a long time, but that doesn’t mean that it hasn’t kept pace with the times.

Previously based on the Fiat Doblo, the new Vauxhall Combo now shares its platform with the Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Partner. It has an all-new chassis that’s actually part-based upon some of the two French brands best passenger cars.

The Vauxhall Combo is available in two sizes, Standard and XL, as well as with a crew cab that can transport up to five people.

Power comes from myriad different engines - in fact, there are so many options that the range can get a little confusing.

Initially a 1.6-litre, Euro-6.1 compliant diesel engine will be on sale, but a more powerful but smaller capacity 1.5-litre BlueHDi Euro-6.2 compliant engine with a 127bhp output following swiftly afterwards.

That smaller, newer engine will eventually supersede the 1.6-litre unit altogether, and it will also be available with 74bhp and 98bhp outputs too.

Confusing? Rest assured the options will soon settle down.

A 1.2-litre PureTech petrol engine with 108bhp and 127bhp outputs will also be offered. As well as manual units, both the highest-powered petrol and diesel engines are also available with an eight-speed automatic gearbox – quite something for a little van.

For the other models, a five-speed manual transmission is fitted as standard on both 1.6-litre models, while the 1.5-litre unit gets a six-speed manual.

Three trim levels are available: entry-level Edition, mid-range Sportive and top-spec NAV.

Competition in the city van segment is incredibly fierce, but the Combo (and Berlingo and Partner) is a robust rival to the likes of the Volkswagen Caddy, Ford Transit Connect and Renault Kangoo.

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