Vauxhall Combo Electric Review 2024

Vauxhall Combo Electric At A Glance

4/5

+Good to drive, spacious load bay, smart interior, wide dealer network

-Regenerative braking feels quite sharp

With a notably improved range, keen pricing and lively performance, the Vauxhall Combo Electric is an appealing choice in the small van market – but is the latest variant good enough for you to make the switch to electric power? Read our full Vauxhall Combo Electric review to find out.

Sharing its bodywork, electric motor and battery technology with the Peugeot e-Partner, Citroen e-Berlingo and Fiat e-Doblo, the latest model offers improvements to the battery and motor, which boost the overall range of the plug-in model from 171 miles to 205 miles (WLTP mixed cycle), a 20% improvement over the previous Vauxhall Combo Electric. 

Some of that increase is due to a new regenerative braking system, which can be activated based on three different regeneration levels using steering wheel-mounted buttons, while the 50kWh battery pack offers further capacity than the old model did.

The latest Vauxhall Combo Electric is also compatible with CCS rapid charging with a maximum speed of 100kW - double that of its predecessor and allowing a 0-80% charge in around 30 minutes on a 100kW charger. The onboard charger, meanwhile, is a 7kW unit compatible with most home sockets, while a three-phase compatible 11kW charger is offered an option. Another clever feature is the Vauxhall Combo Electric’s EPTO, or Electric Power Take Off, which allows the drive battery to be used to power tools or equipment from a socket in the van.

There are two body lengths on offer for the UK market – L1 and L2, the latter of which is offered as a crew cab variant with flat-folding seats and a fold-up bulkhead to maximise loading capability when they’re not in use.

Two trim levels are on offer. The entry-level Prime gets a smartphone station as standard, featuring DAB radio, Bluetooth and a smartphone interface with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as Vauxhall Connect data services. Prime models also get advanced emergency braking, driver attention alert, intelligent speed assistance and lane keep assist for added safety. Other equipment includes rear parking sensors, automatic lighting control with high beam assist and cruise control.

Pro trim adds Vauxhall’s Multimedia Pro Navi infotainment system, which gets a 10-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation and voice recognition. The instrument cluster is upgraded to a 10-inch digital display, while visibility is enhanced by the Dynamic Surround View system. This uses two cameras, one above the rear doors and another under the passenger-side door mirror, which display their views onto a digital rear-view mirror.

The Pro model also gets adaptive, glare-free ‘Intellilux’ Matrix LED headlights which automatically cut out oncoming road users from their beam, ensuring drivers have a clear view ahead without dazzling others.

The Pro also gets body-colour bumpers, wheel trims and power-folding door mirrors.

All Vauxhall Combo Electrics have a three-year, 100,000-mile warranty with an eight-year battery warranty.

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