Vauxhall Combo Life review

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Vauxhall Combo Life
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If you’ve ever said to yourself “I’d rather die than drive around in one of those vans with windows”, then please indulge us for a couple of minutes.

Yep, we get it. An MPV isn’t the most fashionable thing to ferry your kids around in, particularly when it’s the type that shares its styling with a vehicle designed to have ‘Smith & Sons’ or similar plastered on the side.

And that’s fine if you have the wherewithal to buy a properly big SUV. An Audi Q7 or a Land Rover Discovery, perhaps. That way, you can have something glamorous and really practical to boot.

But if your budget is closer to the £20k mark, you have three choices: buy a much smaller and less practical SUV, buy second hand or forget about fashion completely and buy something like the Vauxhall Combo Life.

We say “something like”, because the Combo Life is actually very similar underneath to the Peugeot Rifter and Citroën Berlingo. All three cars are available in five-seat and seven-seat guise and, depending on which version you choose, can be as spacious as the biggest SUVs while making a considerably smaller dent in your wallet.

So, assuming you’re still with us and prepared to think with your head rather than your heart, read on over the next few pages to find out everything you could possibly want to know about the Combo Life. We’ll also tell you how it compares with rival MPVs and point you in the direction of the versions that make the most sense.

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There are 3 trims available for the Combo Life MPV. Click to see details.See all versions
Design
This entry-level trim gets loads of safety kit, plus air conditioning and electric front windows. You don’t get alloys wheels, though, and you have to make do with a relatively rudimentary infotain...View trim
Fuel Petrol, Diesel
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£19,610
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OUR PICK
Energy
We reckon Energy trim makes more sense than entry-level Design. You get a much more sophisticated infotainment system with an 8.0in touchscreen, plus automatic lights and wipers, front and rear par...View trim
Fuel Petrol, Diesel
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£21,010
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Energy XL
We are yet to try out this variant...View trim
Fuel Diesel, Petrol
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£21,910
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