Body: Van Year: 14/14
Fuel Type: Diesel
Quote Reference Number: 0HV-513111
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- Insurance Group
- Performance (BHP)105
- Number of Seats2
- CO2 (g/km)136
- Road Tax£240
|Electric front windows|
|2 speed windscreen wipers with intermittent wipe and electric screenwash|
|ABS + EBD|
|Locking fuel cap|
|Key in ignition warning alarm|
|Lights on audible warning|
|Dipping rear view mirror|
|12V accessory socket|
|CD30 radio/CD/MP3 CD/4 speakers|
|Exterior Body Features|
|Daytime running lights|
|Air blend heater|
|Centre console + drinks holder|
|Reach and rake adjustable steering column|
|Storage box on drivers side facia|
|Carpeted cabin area|
|Front door pockets|
|2 coat hooks|
|Front sun visors with vanity mirror on passenger side|
|Illuminated load area|
|Load lashing rings|
|3 point inertia reel seatbelts with pretensioners and force limiters|
|Height adjustable driver's inertia reel seatbelt|
|Drivers seat adjustable for reach and rake|
|Passenger seat with reach and rake adjustment|
|Height adjustable head restraints|
|Remote central locking and deadlocks|
|Steering column lock|
|Wheel centre covers|
|15" steel wheels|
"great for all purposes"
- Low Mileage
Ten Second Review
With their third generation Combo, Vauxhall finally has a very class-competitive compact van, with both short and long wheelbase bodystyles that together should be able to satisfy almost every buyer in this segment. With frugal running costs, smart design and unbeaten practicality, it's everything a small LCV should be.
When the time came to develop this third generation Combo van, Vauxhall grabbed the opportunity to design something from a clean sheet of paper that would tackle both the LCV market's major small van sectors. Borrowing a platform from a Fiat Doblo Cargo model targeted at Berlingo and Kangoo-class contenders in the Compact van sector meant that Vauxhall, for the first time, would be able to properly take them on too. Yet at the same time, the brand didn't want to ignore buyers wanting something still spacious but a little smaller; maybe a short wheelbase Ford Transit Connect or perhaps even something Citroen Nemo or Peugeot Bipper-shaped. A truncated short wheelbase version of the MK3 Combo design, Vauxhall reasoned, might satisfy those people very well. Both Combo variants were launched here early in 2012 and both seemed to make all kinds of sense on paper. But in practice? Well, let's find out.
These days, van drivers are well used to a car-like response from LCVs, especially small ones. That doesn't necessarily mean an enjoyable driving experience though and in the second generation Combo you didn't get one, hardly surprising given that it was based on the underpinnings of a Vauxhall Corsa designed way back in the undemanding Nineties. This third generation Combo of course is very different thanks to an independent Bi-link suspension system clever enough to provide supple ride comfort, yet firm enough to resist bodyroll and support heavy loads. It's a class-leading compromise. Can the same be said of the engines on offer? Well, the all-diesel line-up certainly seems effective on paper. At entry-level, there's the 90PS 1.3-litre CDTi unit, with 200Nm of pulling power, torquey enough to work well for van buyers shopping at the small end of the spectrum. Those looking for something Berlingo or Kangoo-sized though, will be more likely to want the 105PS 1.6-litre CDTi variant. This gives you nearly 50% more torque to play with, enabling the braked trailer load capacity to rise from 1,000 to 1,300kgs. And you can access that pulling power via a six, rather than a five-speed gearbox. Urban operators might not like the idea of having to use any kind of gearbox, so for them Vauxhall is offering a 'Tecshift' semi-automatic version of this 1.6-litre diesel Combo. The penalty for being able to rest your left foot is that the transmission has only five speeds and power drops to 90PS. But is power really an important issue in a van of this kind? If you think it is, then you'll be target market for the most powerful engine ever offered in a Combo, a 2.0-litre 135PS CDTi unit putting out a hefty 320Nm of torque from way low in the rev range, just 1,500rpm.
Design and Build
This third generation Combo has a very different look to its predecessors. Of course it does you might think: it's a significantly bigger vehicle. True enough, but looking over the smart but practical shape, you're still left with the nagging feeling that there's nothing especially Vauxhall-like about this design, aside from the huge Griffin logo on the front grille. Maybe though that too is much as you would expect were you to be made aware that this is essentially a Vauxhall version of Fiat's Doblo Cargo. Like its Italian design stablemate, this model's front end is dominated by a huge pair of clear glass headlamps, here incorporating daytime running lights. It's all very smartly done. My only issue is a practical one: that placing directional indicators in these large door mirrors is going to make them much pricier to replace when, inevitably, you bash one on a tight city street. It's certainly a practical cabin with a large lockable glove box, several cubbies in the dash and large door pockets with enough room for half-litre bottles and A4 clipboards. Go for a better trimmed or a high roof model and there's overhead storage as well. As expected, it's all very car-like. Ahead of you, there's a steering wheel that adjusts for both reach and rake. And you sit very comfortably, especially if you've got the plush Comfort seat with its height and lumbar adjustment as well as a built-in armrest. A place to do business.
Market and Model
Vauxhall has never really had a properly-sized compact LCV. The Corsavan is tiny. And the Astravan is no longer offered. The old MK2 Combo model wasn't really big enough to fill this gap but this third generation version is - and has two distinct compact LCV market segments in mind. 'L1' short wheelbase variants with 90PS retail from around the £14,000 mark excluding VAT and target those after small but spacious LCV transport: people who'd most likely be looking at something like a short wheelbase Ford Transit Connect. Most variants of the Ford are pricier than their Combo equivalents and all have slightly smaller loadbays. It's tempting to also compare against small van products like Citroen's Nemo and Peugeot's Bipper, both of which will save you a couple of thousand or so. Before you do though, bear in mind you'll be looking at a van that's about 40% smaller with about 20% less power: your call. Curiously, it's only this short wheelbase Combo that gets the option of the high roof bodyshape, boosting load capacity from 3.4 to 4.0m3, for a premium of around £500. 'L2' long wheelbase variants cost £1,000 more, model-for-model, over their 'L1' counterparts. Here again, Vauxhall's closest rival is Ford's Transit Connect, this time in long wheelbase guise. And here again, the Combo is both cheaper (by about £1,000 model-for-model) and offers a standard 4.2m3 loadbay that's significantly bigger. Equivalent long wheelbase versions of compact-class vans like Renault's Kangoo or Citroen's Berlingo might save you a few hundred but are also a little smaller.
Electric front windows, ABS + EBD, Electric PAS, Locking fuel cap, Rev counter, Dipping rear view mirror, 12V accessory socket, CD30 radio/CD/MP3 CD/4 speakers, Bodyside mouldings, Headlamp levelling, Pollen filter...
|0 to 60||N|
|0 to 62||N|
|Engine Power KW||77|
|Engine Power RPM||4000|
|Engine Torque LBS.FT||214|
|Engine Torque MKG||30|
|Engine Torque NM||290|
|Engine Torque RPM||1500|
|Standard Euro Emissions||EURO 5|
|EC Extra Urban||61.4|
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