Fleet World Fleet: Vauxhall Combo Life Energy XL 7-seater 1.5 Turbo D
There may be a limited company car user-chooser market for the Combo Life, but drivers are likely to get two nice surprises once they’re behind the wheel, says Natalie Middleton.
The first is the ride. Along with its Citroën Berlingo and Peugeot Rifter siblings, this van-based MPV is based in part on the same EMP2 platform as the Peugeot 3008 and it’s certainly more comfortable and soft-riding than you’d expect. It’s also surprisingly nimble round town, helped by an impressively small turning circle of 11.8m, while the 100hp 1.5-litre turbo diesel is capable, even on motorways, although we’ve not tried it fully laden.
The other nice surprise is just how non-basic the equipment is. Our mid-range Energy comes with niceties such as an eight-inch colour touchscreen, auto wipers and a fast-reacting high beam assist plus a wealth of safety features. We’ve also got some £2,835 of extra kit, including head-up display, panoramic rear view camera and parking sensors, bringing the price to £26,500, but still cheaper than many seven-seat rivals.
P11D (BiK): £22,400 (31%) MPG/CO2: 49.5-51.4mpg (WLTP) /115g/km (NEDC Correlated) Test MPG: 43.4mpg