Vauxhall Combo-e review

Category: Small Van

Section: Costs & verdict

Vauxhall Combo-e rear
  • Vauxhall Combo-e front
  • Vauxhall Combo-e driving
  • Vauxhall Combo-e interior
  • Vauxhall Combo-e load space
  • Vauxhall Combo-e rear
  • Vauxhall Combo-e front
  • Vauxhall Combo-e driving
  • Vauxhall Combo-e interior
  • Vauxhall Combo-e load space
  • Vauxhall Combo-e rear
What Car?’s Combo-e deals

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

For most businesses, making an electric van practical will come down to keeping the vehicle on the road, which is where charge times are crucial.
In that vein, the Combo-e’s capacity to take a 100kW charge from a rapid charging station is crucial in making this a usable van in the real world. A rapid charging station will give up to 80% of battery capacity in just 30 minutes, compared with a 7.4kW wallbox charger which will see the entire battery charged up in 7.5 hours.

Entry-level Dynamic trim models get air conditioning, Bluetooth DAB radio, cruise control with speed limiter and keyless entry and start as standard. There’s also parking sensors, automatic headlights and a multi-function steering wheel as part of the basic equipment. It’s a fairly generous specification, above that of the basic diesel models, but the Sportive trim level adds several important features that enhance the Combo-e’s appeal, including a smidgeon more load space.

Overview

The Vauxhall Combo-e is well worth considering if you’re in the market for a small van, offering businesses a good electric range without scrimping on load space. It’s more relaxing to drive than the regular Combo, and should cost you less to run too. Just bear in mind that it’s also worth considering the closely related Citroën e-Berlingo, Peugeot e-Partner and Toyota Proace City Electric.

  • Fast charging
  • Good range
  • Dynamic trim is fairly basic
  • Peugeot and Citroën siblings receive better kit