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Parkers overall rating: 3.6 out of 5 3.6


4 out of 5 4.0
  • Perfectly equipped for off-road driving
  • Extensive standard equipment
  • Lots of personalised trim options

Combo Life gadgets

Despite van-based roots, the Vauxhall Combo Life’s standard equipment is quite advanced, with equipment split into two trims, called Design and Energy.

Standard Vauxhall Combo Life equipment

Kicking things off, Design trim gets you:

  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Air-con
  • Six-way adjustable driver’s seat
  • Cruise control
  • Overhead storage
  • 3.5-inch instrument cluster
  • DAB radio with Bluetooth
  • Power windows and central locking
  • Keyless entry and start (on automatic models)
  • Cruise control with speed limiter

Next up is the Energy specification, which adds a few niceties, such as:

  • Body-colour exterior door mirrors and handles
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Front fog lights
  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Automatic lights and wipers
  • Chrome-effect instrument rings and interior door handles
  • 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system

Vauxhall Combo Life wheel

Optional Vauxhall Combo Life Accessories

A few well-specified packs here, including:

Parking Pack

  • Front and rear parking distance sensors
  • Rear-view camera
  • Blind spot alert
  • Electrically foldable door mirrors
  • Front fog lights with cornering light function

All Weather Pack

  • IntelliGrip with ESP on, ESP off, snow, mud or sand modes
  • All-weather tyres

Sight and Light Pack

  • High beam assist
  • Rain-sensitive windscreen wipers

Child Pack

  • Rear-view child-minder mirror
  • Rear side window sunblind
  • Fold-flat passenger seat
  • Luggage restraint net

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Vauxhall Combo Life.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front fog lights
  • Parking sensors
  • Steel wheels

Design equipment

Design standard equipment
  • Steel wheels
Design optional equipment
None available

Energy equipment

Energy standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front fog lights
  • Parking sensors
Energy optional equipment
None available

Energy XL equipment

Energy XL standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front fog lights
  • Parking sensors
Energy XL optional equipment
None available


3.5 out of 5 3.5
  • French parent firms’ expertise in safety intact
  • Great equipment for the class of car
  • Easy to drive too, with good visibility

Combo Life ISOFIX

Given its durability and rigidity, Vauxhall Combo Life safety should be good, but without a crash test from Euro NCAP it’s hard to be properly definitive.

Vauxhall Combo Life Isofix

That said, three ISOFIX mounts in the middle row is a good start, plus there’s a good amount of standard  safety kit on offer, including:

  • Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Forward collision alert
  • Lane keep assist with lane departure warning
  • Speed sign recognition

Interior & boot space

3.5 out of 5 3.5
  • Large windows feel spacious
  • Square bootspace is immense
  • Towing capacity also impressive

Combo Life family fit

The Vauxhall Combo Life is available in standard or XL size and both offer decent space for five or seven, with the larger car adding even more room for the seats in the back.

Either way you can get three ISOFIX child seats across the middle row – with a 60/40 split on the five seater and 35/30/35 on the seven.

While legroom is good all round, the slightly narrow shape of the Combo Life means there’s not a huge amount of space in the middle pew.

Sliding rear doors are standard, which helps passengers or pets getting in and out too.

Combo Life garage

The standard Combo Life is 4.4-metres in length version while the larger Combo XL weighs in at 4.75-meters – still conveniently short compared with large seven-seat SUVs like the Audi Q5.

You won’t have any problems parking it in a standard garage and even tight bays will pose little drama thanks to those sliding rear doors.

Combo Life luggage

This is one area where the Combo Life’s van-like proportions allow it to comprehensively outshine five- and even seven seat family cars.

Pick a standard length five seater and you’ll get 597 litres, while the long wheelbase Combo Life boasts 850 litres.

That’s not the whole story though because with the rear seats folded down, the volume of the standard car triples to 2,126 litres, with a 2.7-meter maximum load length. Pick the longer version and you get 2,693 litres, and a 3.0-meter maximum load length. Bootspace for days.

How does the boot space compare?

Check the table below to see how the Vauxhall Combo Life compares to other similar cars in terms of available boot space.

Model Boot space
Ford Tourneo Connect 1029 litres
Vauxhall Combo Life 983 litres
Volkswagen Caddy Life 918 litres
Fiat Doblo 790 litres

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