The Vauxhall Combo is one of the best, most flexible small vans on the market. It’s available in well-specified Dynamic and top-tier Sportive trim levels, and comes in two lengths. There’s also the option to choose a Crew Van iteration as opposed to the standard Single Cab version.
Though looks aren’t necessarily the most important consideration where a van is concerned, the Combo scores highly in this regard, making it an easy choice for a wide range of businesses. Of course, it’s this commercial vehicle’s ability to offer lots of load space that is a key part of its appeal, and the Combo certainly doesn’t fail on that score. It also ensures that access is easy, with sliding side doors on both flanks (L1 models only) and twin rear doors. This means that, even in tight spots, you’ll always be able to load and unload with ease.
A car-like driving experience
Because it’s been constructed using a car-derived platform, the Vauxhall Combo is an easy van to drive. It handles well and offers excellent grip, while an elevated ride position provides the driver with good frontal and peripheral vision. The Combo is powered by a 1.5-litre diesel engine, offering an output of 99bhp or 128bhp. It’s the former – a standard-issue drivetrain – that delivers the best fuel-efficiency: up to 52.3mpg, while producing CO2 emissions from 140g/km (depending on which vehicle configuration you choose). Naturally, the latter is a good choice if you need to generate more power since it produces 300Nm of torque as opposed to a standard-issue 250Nm.
Packed with safety features
As well as driver and co-passenger airbags (and side-impact airbags in Crew Van models), the Vauxhall Combo is fitted with an energy-absorbing column. Essentially, this is a collapsible version of a standard steering column, which means it minimises the risk of injury in the event of a frontal collision. The vehicle is offered protection by side-impact beams, while a full-height steel bulkhead provides a practical barrier, safely separating occupants from the contents of the load bay. Among the Combo’s many driver aids is Hill-start Assist, which provides a momentary ‘state of grace’ whenever the engine is started on a slope, thus affording the driver full control.
A safety pack is standard with all automatic models. It features, among other things, a front-mounted camera system, Lane-keep Assist, Speed Sign Recognition and Automatic Emergency Braking.