Vauxhall Combo Life review

Costs & verdict

Manufacturer price from:£21,340
Vauxhall Combo Life 2019 RHD rear seats
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

So it’s big, decent to drive and – cheap-feeling interior aside – reasonably good to sit in. But you’re still unlikely to consider buying a Combo Life unless it’ll save you a heap of cash.

Well, there’s good news here, too, because the standard five-seater is around £1000 cheaper than an equivalent Grandland X SUV, despite being much, much bigger inside. Compare the seven-seat version to conventional MPVs, such as the Ford S-Max or Volkswagen Touran, and the Combo Life looks incredible value for money.

It’s the same story if you’re buying on PCP finance, although it’s worth noting that a similarly priced SUV, while considerably less practical, will almost certainly be worth more when you decide to sell on in the future. That’s desirability for you.

You get lots of active safety kit no matter which version you choose, including automatic emergency braking (with pedestrian detection), a driver fatigue detector, speed sign recognition and lane departure warning. However, the Combo Life gets only a four-star EuroNCAP rating, partly due to a poor pedestrian protection score. You also have to pay extra for an alarm, even if you stump up for range-topping Energy trim.

The Combo Life was too new to feature in our most recent reliability survey, but Vauxhall as a brand actually did pretty well, finishing in 11th place out of 31 manufacturers. That’s higher than the likes of Ford and Renault, albeit behind Skoda and Toyota.

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De rigueur it ain’t, but the Vauxhall Combo Life delivers more space per pound than just about any other new car

  • Huge inside
  • Cheaper than most conventional MPVs
  • Comfortable ride
  • Very low-rent interior
  • Looks like a van
  • Not quite as clever as it is big