Vauxhall Combo Review 2024

Vauxhall Combo At A Glance

5/5

+Good payload for size, safety equipment, great to drive

-Some fiddly switchgear, only top spec models available as automatics

Always popular and good to drive, the latest Vauxhall Combo is the company’s best small van yet – but does it have enough to take it to the top of the class? Read our comprehensive Vauxhall Combo review to see if it has got what it takes.

The smallest van in Vauxhall’s model range is now in its sixth generation and shares much of its architecture with the other small vans in the Stellantis stable – notably the Citroen Berlingo, Peugeot Partner, and Fiat Doblo. That, though, is no bad thing because collectively they’re the best small vans on the market.

The latest model is based on the version introduced in 2018, but it was heavily revised in the spring of 2024 to gain Vauxhall’s distinctive “Vizor” front-end styling.

The revisions also brought in a raft of new technology and safety equipment, including a new ‘Smartphone Station’ for media integration, digital instrumentation, a new 10-inch HD infotainment display, ‘Flank Guard’ blind spot warnings, Vauxhall’s unique “Intellilux” dynamic headlights and optional Dynamic Surround Vision, which uses a screen in the place of a rear-view mirror to transmit the view from the rear of the van via a camera system to the driver’s eyeline.

There are two diesel engines on offer as well as an electric model in the form of the Vauxhall Combo Electric, reviewed separately. As it stands, the diesel models will make up the bulk of UK sales in the lifecycle of the current Vauxhall Combo, before Vauxhall evolves into an electric-only brand in 2030.

There are two body lengths on offer for the UK market – M and XL, 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 offered. The entry-level Prime specification includes 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 a suite of safety systems, including advanced emergency braking, driver attention alert, intelligent speed assistance and lane keep assist. For added convenience, drivers benefit from rear parking sensors, automatic lighting control with high beam assist and cruise control.

Pro trim adds Vauxhall’s Multimedia Pro Navi infotainment system, which includes a 10-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation and natural voice recognition. The instrument cluster is also upgraded to a 10-inch digital display, while visibility is enhanced by the Dynamic Surround View system. This comprises two cameras, one located above the rear doors and another under the passenger-side exterior mirror. The images – of the rear while driving and (when activated by the indicator stalk) of the side blind-spot – are displayed in the digital rear-view mirror.

Another first for the Vauxhall Combo is the addition of adaptive, glare-free ‘Intellilux’ Matrix LED headlights on Pro variants, becoming the first model in its segment to have this technology. Its matrix headlamps, comprised of 14 LED elements, automatically cut out oncoming road users from their beam, ensuring drivers have a clear view ahead without dazzling others.

The Pro also adds 16-inch wheel trims, body-colour bumpers and door handles and black, power-folding door mirrors. Meanwhile, the FlexCargo Pack provides greater practicality with a load-through bulkhead, dual front passenger seat, a fold-flat centre seat backrest with table and two-way foldable outer seat.

All Vauxhall Combos have a three-year, 100,000-mile warranty.

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