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VAUXHALL COMBO CARGO L1 DIESEL

2300 1.5 Turbo D 100ps H1 Sportive Van [6 Speed]

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Optional Extras

Driver Convenience

Exterior Features

Interior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Safety

Trim

Wheels

Fuel Type
Fuel Type Diesel
Transmission
Transmission Manual

Standard Equipment

Technical Data

Review

Driver Convenience

  • Central facia display with audio information, digital clock, outside temperature with ice warning and additional features about infotainment system
  • Centrally located instrument cluster with service due indicator and trip computer data
  • Electronic cruise control with speed limiter
  • Instrumentation Speedometer, rev counter, fuel gauge with low fuel warning light and water temperature gauge and shift up indication warning light
  • Multi-function trip computer with trip mileage, vehicle range, average speed, average and instantaneous fuel economy
  • Ride and handling automatic electronic controlled
  • Speed sensitive electric power assisted system
  • Vauxhall connect

Entertainment

  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • USB charging point in glovebox
  • USB charging point in rear centre console

Exterior Features

  • Automatic lighting control
  • Black bodyside mouldings
  • Black door handles
  • Body colour front and rear bumpers
  • Body colour sliding door cover
  • Body coloured door mirrors
  • Dipping rear view mirror
  • Electrically adjustable, heated door mirrors and manually folding door mirror
  • Electrically operated front windows with safety autoreverse one touch facility
  • Front fog lights
  • Halogen daytime running lights
  • Solar heat absorbing windscreen
  • Tinted windows
  • Two speed windscreen wipers with variable intermittent wipe

Interior Features

  • 12 volt electrical accessory socket centre console
  • 6 way adjustable height and reach drivers seats with manual lumbar adjustment and armrest
  • Additional lidded compartment in front of driver with air conditioning
  • Anti-submarining ramps in front seats
  • Cab heating system with six speed fan, Illuminated controls, four adjustable facia vents, windscreen demist vents and side window demist vents
  • Cargo floor covering
  • Carpet floor covering in 1st row
  • Driver and front passenger sun visor and vanity mirror on rear of drivers sunvisor
  • Driver's top lidded glovebox
  • Full width overhead storage shelf with ambient lighting
  • Large open storage pocket behind infotainment screen
  • Mistral cloth upholstery
  • Open storage compartment below glovebox
  • Reach and rake adjustable steering column
  • Six Fixed floor mounted load restraint lashing eyes
  • Small open storage compartment behind gear lever
  • Sun shades for driver mirror
  • Two drinks holders in centre console on front compartment
  • Two facia mounted drinks holders on front compartment
  • Two large and two small open door pockets

Safety

  • Deactivation switch for front passenger airbag and side impact airbag
  • Drivers and front passengers lap belt pretensioner system
  • Energy absorbing steering column, Side impact protection beams, Reinforced passenger safety cell and front and rear deformation zones
  • Front body lock diagonal seatbelt pretensioner system
  • Front seatbelt force limiters
  • Height adjustable lap and diagonal inertia reel front seatbelts
  • Indicator seat belt warning - front passenger

Security

  • 2 folding keys with integral remote control function
  • Electronically protected audio
  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Remote central locking and deadlocks
  • Ultrasonic alarm theft deterent electrical,unauthorized entry,alarm,horn,self power,theft deterent body security,sensor,vehicle interior movement
  • Vauxhall engine deadlock immobiliser system
  • Visible Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

Technical

  • Anti-lock braking
  • Anti-roll bar
  • Corner stability control
  • Electronic brake force distribution
  • Electronic stability programme
  • Emergency brake assist
  • Engine drag torque control
  • Hill start assist
  • Independent MacPherson front suspension with gas pressure dampers and linear-rate coil springs
  • Traction control

Wheels

  • 16" steel wheels with full-diameter wheel trims

Emissions - ICE

  • HC
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

  • Automatic Transmission
    No
  • Bore
    75
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1499
  • Compression Ratio
    16.5:1
  • Cooling System
    WATER
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Engine Codes
    Not Available
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Engine Make
    Not Available
  • Fuel Delivery
    COMMON RAIL
  • Fuel Type
    DIESEL
  • Gears
    6 SPEED
  • Manual Transmission
    Yes
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Stroke
    84.8
  • Valve gear
    DOHC

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC
    No

General

  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicles safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.5
  • Badge Power
    100
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Chassis Engine Number
    Not Available
  • Clutch
    SINGLE DRY PLATE
  • Coin Description
    Not Available
  • Coin Gross Vehicle Weight Code
    Not Available
  • Coin Power Output Code
    Not Available
  • Coin Series
    Not Available
  • Coin Wheelbase Description Code
    Not Available
  • Coin Wheelbase Name Code
    Not Available
  • Exhaust System
    CATALYTIC CONVERTER
  • Front Brakes
    VENTILATED DISCS
  • Front Suspension
    MACPHERSON STRUTS WITH COIL SPRINGS
  • Generation Mark
    5
  • Ghost model for valuation purposes
    No
  • Hand Brake
    REAR WHEELS
  • Insurance Group 1
    Not Available
  • Insurance Group 2
    Not Available
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Rear Brakes
    DRUM
  • Rear Suspension
    MINI BLOCK SPRINGS
  • Running Cost League Headings
    Not Available
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    24
  • Service Interval Mileage
    25000
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Steering
    PAS RACK AND PINION
  • This vehicle is classed as a car for VED purposes
    No
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
    Not Available
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage
    Not Available
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    N1
  • Vin/Frame No.
    Not Available

Performance

  • BHP
    100
  • Engine Power KW
    74
  • Engine Power RPM
    3500
  • Engine Torque LBS.FT
    184
  • Engine Torque MKG
    25.5
  • Engine Torque NM
    250
  • Engine Torque RPM
    1750

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    No
  • Automatic Clutch
    No
  • Plated 3rd Axle
    Not Available
  • Plated 4th Axle
    Not Available
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Make
    Not Available
  • Tyre Size Front
    205/60 R16
  • Tyre Size Rear
    205/60 R16
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    Not Available
  • Wheel Type
    16" STEEL

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Front Overhang
    892
  • Height
    1860
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4403
  • Load Deck Height
    610
  • Load Height
    1236
  • Load Length
    1817
  • Load Space Width Between Wheel Arches
    1229
  • Load Width
    1630
  • Lower Rear Door Width
    1241
  • Rear Door Height
    1196
  • Rear Overhang
    726
  • Side Load Door Height
    1072
  • Side Load Door Width
    675
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11
  • Turning Circle - Wall to Wall
    Not Available
  • Upper Rear Door Width
    Not Available
  • Wheelbase
    2785
  • Width (excluding mirrors)
    1848
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2107

Weight and Capacities

  • Boot Capacity Saloons
    Not Available
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    50
  • Gross Train Weight
    3345
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2345
  • Load Space Volume
    3.3
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 2nd Row Seats Removed
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 2nd Row Seats Up
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Down
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Removed
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Up
    Not Available
  • Max. Roof Load
    100
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    600
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1347
  • No. of Seats
    2
  • Payload
    998
  • Plated 2nd Axle
    1400
  • Plated Front Axle
    1200

Vauxhall's Combo cargo is a panel van with the one thing operators really need: serious carrying capacity of up to 4.4m3. Jonathan Crouch reports on the fourth generation version.

Background

When the time came to develop this fourth generation Combo van, the Combo Cargo, Vauxhall grabbed the opportunity to design something from a clean sheet of paper that would tackle both the LCV market's major small van sectors. Whether you want something spacious yet small (like a Citroen Nemo or a Peugeot Bipper). Or compact but a little bigger (like a Ford Transit Connect or a Renault Kangoo), Vauxhall hopes that this Combo will appeal. The previous generation version used Fiat underpinnings, but this time round, the Combo borrows its platform from two of its closest rivals, the PSA Group Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Partner models. But adds some really clever tech touches of its own.

Driving Experience

These days, van drivers are well used to a car-like response from LCVs, especially small ones. That doesn't necessarily mean an enjoyable driving experience though and in the old third generation Combo with its Fiat Doblo-derived underpinnings, you didn't get one. This fourth generation Combo uses a lighter Peugeot / Citroen Group platform system clever enough to provide supple ride comfort, yet firm enough to resist body roll and support heavy loads. It's a much better compromise. Can the same be said of the engines on offer? Well, the line-up certainly seems effective on paper. There's a 1.2-litre 110PS petrol unit. Or a 1.5-litre CDTi diesel, developing either 100 or 130PS. The units are combined with five and six-speed manual transmissions. In addition, in a segment first, a low-friction eight-speed automatic with Quickshift technology can be ordered in combination with the top-of-the-range 1.5-litre 130PS diesel. Whichever variant you choose - standard or long - you'll find that the driving position pretty good, with the steeply raked windscreen and low bonnet combining to give great visibility. Couple that with big panoramic door mirrors and the result is a vehicle you can be confident about driving even the most congested city streets where the light steering facilitates a tight turning circle, 11.2m in the short wheelbase version and 12.5m for the long wheelbase model. As for refinement, well, the slightly clattery note at start-up settles down quite acceptably once you get up to speed. If your deliveries take you to rough roads, you might be interested in the 4x4 version.

Design and Build

This third generation Combo has a more modern look but having inspected the smart but practical shape, you're still left with the nagging feeling that there's nothing especially Vauxhall-like about this design, aside from the huge Griffin logo on the front grille. The brand talks of an 'all-new architecture' this time round, which means that this design shares much with two of its closest competitors, the Citroen Berlingo and the Peugeot Partner. Inside, as before, you get a practical cabin with a large lockable glove box, several cubbies in the dash and large door pockets with enough room for half-litre bottles and A4 clipboards. As expected, it's all very car-like - as this design needs to be given that it's also used to create a passenger MPV, the Combo Life. Ahead of you, there's a steering wheel that adjusts for both reach and rake. And you sit very comfortably, with height and lumbar adjustment as well as a built-in armrest. A place to do business.

Market and Model

Prices are much as before, so expect to pay somewhere in the £16,000 to £21,000 (ex VAT) for your Combo Cargo, which is very class-competitive. Lots of fresh technology's been delivered this time round, our favourite feature being the sensor-based load indicator that warns you if the van is overloaded. Once the engine is switched on, a white LED lights up if the weight exceeds 80% of the permitted payload. If the weight is above the limit, an orange signal with an exclamation mark lights up. Why has no one thought of this before? Other innovations available include a Rear View Camera that acts as a "digital" rear view mirror, while a second camera in the passenger side door mirror ensures that the driver has an additional blind spot detection aid. Then there's the 'Flank Guard', a sensor-based system that supports the driver while turning at low speeds, providing a warning when there is a risk that the vehicle side will collide with an obstacle. Intelligrip, an electronic traction control system, is also available. A plethora of driver assistance technology is available too, including Forward Collision Alert with pedestrian detection and Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist, Hill Descent Control, Intelligent Speed Adaptation, Automatic Cruise Control, Driver Drowsiness Alert and Speed Sign Recognition.

Practicalities and Costs

For potential Combo buyers, the practical facts make compulsive reading. No other rival can better this Vauxhall's maximum potential carriage capacity of up to 4.4m3. And you'll do well to better this contender when it comes to wheelbase length, potential payload, rear axle load, maximum load length or maximum load height. Short wheelbase, long wheelbase and crew van body styles are available. And this little LCV can carry a load volume of up to 4.4m3 and a payload of up to a tonne. Longer items up to 3,440mm, such as pipes and ladders, can be stored safely and securely, thanks to the rear swing doors and the useful 'FlexCargo' loading hatch that opens through to the cab. The cargo area has easily enough room to slide in the usual Euro pallet. And running costs? Well here, there's little for operators to worry about. Returns from the various turbo-charged, direct injection petrol and diesel engines are competitive, CO2 emissions starting from 111g/km and fuel economy of up to 67.3mpg possible for the 1.5-litre 100PS diesel. The 1.5-litre 130PS diesel manages 65.7mpg and 113g/km. And the 1.2-litre 110PS petrol variant delivers 51.4mpg and 125g/km. All powertrains meet the stringent Euro 6d-TEMP emissions standard. You'll also need to know that Vauxhall includes a three-year, 60,000 mile warranty as standard, a package that can be extended up to five years and 100,000 miles at extra cost. A year's free breakdown cover is also provided, along with a six-year anti-corrosion guarantee. Service intervals are at 20,000 miles or every 12 months, depending on which comes round sooner and you can opt for a service plan that lets you pay monthly to spread the cost of regular work to your car. As part of this, Vauxhall offers discounts on wear and tear items, such as brake pads and windscreen wipers.

Summary

Vauxhall builds more vans in Britain than anyone else. More importantly, it sells more vans in Britain than anyone else. But that position in the market can't be maintained unless the brand is properly represented in the compact LCV segment. This fourth generation Combo ensures that it is, delivering impressive practicality and an impressive set of running costs. You won't see this model making too many headlines, but the reality is that it's one of the most complete vehicles that the brand makes. Quietly concentrating on the things that really matter to operators, to many it'll be invisible, just one of those fixtures of the urban environment that blend into the background. But then, sometimes the very best designs have the very lowest impact. What's important is that this Combo does more than enough to be spotted by the people who count. People who'll find this Vauxhall difficult to ignore in their search for a compact van. Job done.

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