Vauxhall Combo-e Life review

Category: Van-based MPV

Section: Costs & verdict

Vauxhall Combo-e Life 2022 interior infotainment
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  • Vauxhall Combo-e Life 2022 interior dashboard
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  • Vauxhall Combo-e Life 2022 interior infotainment
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  • Vauxhall Combo-e Life 2022 badge detail
  • Vauxhall Combo-e Life 2022 interior front seats
  • Vauxhall Combo-e Life 2022 interior driver display
  • Vauxhall Combo-e Life 2022 interior detail
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  • Vauxhall Combo-e Life 2022 boot open
  • Vauxhall Combo-e Life 2022 front cornering
  • Vauxhall Combo-e Life 2022 rear cornering
  • Vauxhall Combo-e Life 2022 interior dashboard
  • Vauxhall Combo-e Life 2022 interior rear seats
  • Vauxhall Combo-e Life 2022 interior infotainment
  • Vauxhall Combo-e Life 2022 right tracking
  • Vauxhall Combo-e Life 2022 front cornering
  • Vauxhall Combo-e Life 2022 badge detail
  • Vauxhall Combo-e Life 2022 interior front seats
  • Vauxhall Combo-e Life 2022 interior driver display
  • Vauxhall Combo-e Life 2022 interior detail
  • Vauxhall Combo-e Life 2022 interior detail
  • Vauxhall Combo-e Life 2022 boot open
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The Vauxhall Combo-e Life is priced so that every version falls under the £32,000 cost threshold for the Government's electric car grant. The five-seat M version we recommend is only a fraction more expensive than the less well-equipped entry-level Citroën e-Berlingo.

PCP finance deals weren’t available at the time of writing, but they might not be as good as those of the Peugeot e-Rifter because the Combo-e Life has poorer expected resale values (they're used to calculate monthly payments).

Vauxhall didn’t do particularly well in our most recent 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey, finishing in joint 22nd place out of 30 manufacturers with its brand stablemate Peugeot. That’s well below Citroën and Volkswagen, and only just ahead of Ford.

A three-year/60,000-mile warranty is good, but hardly class leading, while the eight years/100,000 miles warranty for the battery is par for the course.

Charging the Combo-e Life will take a little over seven hours from a wall charger, or roughly 30 mins from 15-80% on a 100kWh rapid charger. 

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Vauxhall Combo-e Life 2022 interior infotainment

Overview

If maximum practicality and zero tailpipe emissions are what you’re after from an MPV, the Vauxhall Combo-e Life might fit the bill. It’s priced to take advantage of the electric car grant, and despite its high level of specification, is only a little costlier than a Citroën e-Berlingo, making it a good value choice.

  • Great practicality
  • Performs as well as a petrol Combo
  • Lots of standard safety kit
  • Fiddly infotainment system
  • Low-rent interior
  • The range could be better
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Save up to £470
Target Price from £30,655
Save up to £470
or from £423pm
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