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Parkers overall rating: 3.6 out of 5 3.6
  • Large windows feel spacious
  • Square bootspace is immense
  • Towing capacity also impressive
  • 2019 Vauxhall Combo Life boot space, rear seats folded

    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 (that can also be removed altogether). 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.

    The standard Combo Life is 4.4-metres in length, while the larger Combo XL weighs in at 4.75-metres – still conveniently short compared with large seven-seat SUVs like the Audi Q7. 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. This is one area where the Combo Life’s van-like proportions allow it to comprehensively outshine five- and even seven-seat family cars.

    2019 Vauxhall Combo Life third row

    Pick a standard length five-seater and you’ll get 597 litres of boot space, while the long wheelbase Combo Life XL 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-metre maximum load length. Pick the longer version and you get 2,693 litres, and a 3.0-metre maximum load length, thanks to a front passenger seat that's able to fold flat.

    Is it safe?

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

    Given its durability and rigidity, safety should be good. The Peugeot Rifter scored four stars in tests by Euro NCAP in 2018, and because they are the same models underneath, its rating applies to the Vauxhall too.

    Three Isofix mounts in the middle row is a good start, plus there’s a good amount of standard  safety kit on offer, including:

    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
    • Alarm
    • Alloy wheels
    • Front fog lights
    • Heated seats
    • Parking sensors
    • Rear electric windows
    • Roof rails
    • Sat Nav
    • Steel wheels

    Design equipment

    Design standard equipment
    • Steel wheels
    Design optional equipment
    None available

    Elite equipment

    Elite standard equipment
    • Alarm
    • Alloy wheels
    • Front fog lights
    • Parking sensors
    • Rear electric windows
    • Roof rails
    • Sat Nav
    Elite optional equipment
    • Heated seats
    • Steel wheels

    Elite XL equipment

    Elite XL standard equipment
    • Alarm
    • Alloy wheels
    • Front fog lights
    • Parking sensors
    • Rear electric windows
    • Roof rails
    • Sat Nav
    Elite XL 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

    Euro NCAP Rating – 4 stars

    The Vauxhall Combo Life was tested by Euro NCAP in 2018 and was awarded a 4 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

    4 star rating
    Test 2018
    Individual safety ratings
    Adult Occupant: 91%
    Child Occupant: 81%
    Pedestrian: 58%
    Safety Assist: 68%

    Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.