Vauxhall Combo (2018–)

Last updated 30 October 2018

The Vauxhall Combo is a small van that's designed to cover huge distances at the lowest possible fuel cost. Most small businesses and sole traders will opt for the 1.5 or 1.6 turbocharged diesels, while short multi drop city-based drivers will prefer the 1.2 petrol.

All of the engines are sourced from Vauxhall's parent company PSA - Peugeot/Citroen - with the entry-level 1.6 Turbo D based on the 1.6-litre unit that powered the old Berlingo. However, while it might be getting on in years, the four-cylinder turbodiesel makes a strong case for itself with low running costs and lots of low-gear pull for shifting heavy loads. 

The 1.6 Turbo D range starts with the entry-level 75PS unit, which produces 210Nm of torque from 1750rpm and returns an official 64.2mpg. This engine is only available on the Standard Combo bodystyle with a five-speed manual gearbox. The 0-62mph dash takes around 16 seconds, which leaves the 75PS diesel feeling quite slow. 

The 100PS version of the 1.6 Turbo D is far superior; not only does it produce more power and torque (259Nm) but it is also cheaper to run with Vauxhall advertising 67.3mpg. Available in both Standard and XL bodystyles, the 100PS 1.6 Turbo D takes around 12 seconds to reach 62mph.

At launch, the 1.5 Turbo D is restricted to the Combo Standard bodystyle only, but provides much more power and 300Nm of torque. The 1.5 has an advertised range of 64-66mpg, which means you don't pay a hefty price for its higher output. It's also the quickest off the mark, with 0-62mph taking 10 seconds, and the only engine to get the optional eight-speed automatic gearbox. 

From 2019, Vauxhall adds the three-cylinder 1.2 Puretech turbocharged petrol to the Combo range with 110PS or 130PS. Fuel economy will be confirmed in 2019, but torque will be roughly in line with the 75PS 1.6 diesel. 

Drivers who live in rural areas can specify IntelliGrip electronic traction control, which optimises the front-wheel drive system to cope with ice, snow, mud and sand. The optional Construction Pack provides improved underbody protection, thanks to a sump guard and Michelin Latitude Tour Mud and Snow tyres for added grip. The chassis height is also increased by 30mm.

 

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