Review: Vauxhall Combo (2012 – 2018)


Essentially a rebadged Fiat Doblo Cargo, good value for money, economical CDTi diesel engines, petrol version also available.

Smaller diesels are noisy at motorway speeds.

Recently Added To This Review

11 May 2019

Report of timing chain and follower failure in Vauxhall Combo 1.3CTDI. It was replaced, but 7 months and 8,500 miles since its replacement another mechnic told owner it needed replacing again at a cost... Read more

26 February 2013 Two year service intervals introduced

From March 2013, all Combo models will move to two year service intervals or 21,000 miles (18,000 miles for petrol variants) or oil life quality monitor warning, whichever is sooner. Read more

23 October 2012 DAB upgrade introduced

DAB digital radio is now available for all Vauxhall commercial vehicles for £195. The system is fitted by Vauxhall retailers and can be completely integrated with existing steering-wheel mounted... Read more

Vauxhall Combo (2012 – 2018): At A Glance

The Vauxhall Combo may look familiar because it's actually a rebadged version of the Fiat Doblo Cargo with a slightly redesigned front end. That's good news as the Doblo is a capable and good quality van with proven mechanicals.

It uses the same engines as the Doblo with a 1.3 CDTi and a 1.6 CDTi, each with 90PS, as well as a 1.6 CDTi variant with 105PS and a powerful 2.0 CDTi engine providing 135PS. They all get a standard five-speed gearbox while the 1.6 CDTi is also available with Vauxhall’s ’Tecshift’ automated five-speed manual transmission

Standard equipment has been much improved over the outgoing model with a raft of equipment including remote central door locking with deadlocks, full-steel bulkhead, trip computer, electric power steering, driver’s airbag, ABS with EBD, CD stereo and a 12 volt power outlet in the dashboard.

The new new Combo introduces a Sportive trim level for the first time. These models combine added driver comfort with a sporty style and additional features including air conditioning, metallic paint, body-colour bumpers and door mirrors, a nearside sliding door, driver's seat with height adjustment, armrest and lumbar support and full wheel covers.

What does a Vauxhall Combo (2012 – 2018) cost?

Real MPG average for a Vauxhall Combo (2012 – 2018)

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Average performance


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31–56 mpg

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