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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