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“The Vauxhall Combo Life is a ‘van with home windows’ that provides a hard-to-beat mixture of worth and flexibility” Whereas a Combo van model of the Vauxhall Corsa supermini has been provided for nearly 20 years, the Luton carmaker’s 2017 takeover by the French PSA Group was sure to have an effect on the mannequin’s future. So the most recent Combo has turned away from its household hatchback roots and is now a sister mannequin to the Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Rifter. That is no dangerous factor: the Berlingo and Rifter, designed as business autos from the bottom up, are properly generally known as sensible, no-nonsense machines that may deal with the rigours of household life. Certainly, Vauxhall’s resolution to call its family-size workhorse the ‘Combo Life’ exactly sums up what this boxy machine is all about. Picture 5 of 47 That is Vauxhall’s first foray into the ‘van with home windows’ marketplace for a long time, and the Combo Life’s function within the Vauxhall vary is all of the extra necessary because the Vauxhall Zafira Tourer was discontinued, leaving the model with out a full-size MPV. Combo Life consumers can select between two physique lengths and both 5 or seven seats, with the Combo Life XL providing an enormous 2,700 litres of baggage area when all of the seats are folded out of use. The Combo Life does not appear to have been styled with fairly the identical care as its Peugeot and Citroen sister fashions. The Citroen’s split-headlamp design and SUV-flavoured Peugeot are each extra distinctive than the Vauxhall – it is something however a method assertion. The common sense theme continues within the engine line-up, which is widespread to all three fashions. PSA’s acquainted 1.5-litre BlueHDi diesel produces 99 or 128bhp, whereas the 1.2-litre three-cylinder PureTech petrol engine produces 109bhp, with a 128bhp model becoming a member of the vary later. Two trim ranges are provided: entry-level Design and extra comprehensively outfitted Power. Vauxhall seems to have judged the specification of the Combo Life fairly cleverly; the mannequin occupies a slim slot between the penny-pinching economic system of the Citroen Berlingo and the extra plush, SUV-styled Peugeot Rifter. For a lot of households, the Vauxhall might strike the right steadiness of practicality, consolation and price.