Opel Combo Life – Practicality Meets Versatility.
The New Opel Combo Life MPV (Multi Purpose Vehicle) is an ideal family-transport proposition, offering a flexible seating arrangement of up to seven seats. Based on Opel’s award-winning Combo van, there is no doubting that it is one of the most practical cars currently on sale, along with the fact that it is the first time in recent memory that Opel has offered such a functionality-focused MPV.
Choice Of Wheelbase;
The Combo Life is tasked with two roles to perform, as Opel believes that the car can attract new customers to the brand, as well as catering for existing Opel Zafira Tourer owners looking to replace their car. That car has already ceased production and will be replaced by the new Zafira Life MPV in the not too distant future. The Combo Life is available in two lengths, each with two possible seating configurations. Both variants can accommodate up to seven seats, with the long wheel base model providing more in the way of luggage space.
Enormous Cargo Volume;
The regular edition of the Combo Life (with five or seven seats) has a load volume capacity of 597-litres with the rear seats in the upright position, or 2,126-litres with the rear seats folded flat. However, with the longer-wheelbase model, there is up to 2,700-litres of space available. Choose a seven seat model and you will find the three seats in the second row fold down individually instead of in a 60/40 split (all with individual ISOFIX anchorage points), and the third row is removable altogether. This is an action that can be completed extremely easy, while the seats can be repositioned with the same ease too.
Choice Of Engine & Transmission;
Petrol and diesel engines are available in the line-up of the new Opel Combo Life – a 3-cylinder 1.2-litre petrol unit with 109bhp and a six-speed manual gearbox, or a 4-cylinder 1.5-litre turbo-diesel unit producing either 99bhp and 250Nm, or 128bhp and 300Nm of torque. The lower powered version gets a five-speed gearbox, while the higher-powered unit comes with a six-speed manual, but it can also be ordered with an eight-speed automatic for pure driving pleasure.
My test car was an Opel Combo Life ‘Energy’ 1.5-litre Turbo-Diesel (100bhp) 7-Seat model, in ‘Moonstone Grey’ metallic paint. Standard specification is generous, and includes items such as a DAB radio with 6 speakers, 8” touchscreen infotainment system, 16” alloys, electric mirrors, twin sliding doors (extremely useful in a crowded car park situation) with opening windows integrated, air-conditioning, cruise control, speed limiter, auto lights & wipers, high beam assist, USB ports, Smartphone projection, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a multi-function steering wheel, along with many other comfort and convenience features. The high level of standard safety features includes speed sign recognition, forward collision alert, daytime running lights, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, ABS, automatic emergency braking with pedestrial detection, driver drowsiness system, side blind-spot alert, automatic lighting control, ESP with traction control, and front & rear parking sensors.
The new Combo Life steers with great accuracy, and possesses a solid, connected feeling at all times, while minimal body roll through corners is confidence-inspiring. The engine in my test car is capable of sprinting from 0-100km/h in 13.1-seconds, on its way to a top speeed of 172km/h (where permitted). Thanks to standard Start/Stop technology, annual road tax is just €200, while fuel consumption as low as 4.0-litres of diesel for every 100km’s driven is genuinely impressive, and achieveable in the real world too.
High Quality Interior;
Quality materials are used throughout the cabin of the new Combo Life, which is a reflection of where Opel want to pitch their newest MPV. The tall proportions of the car enable even the tallest of occupants to travel in comfort, while large glass areas throughout the cabin creates an airy ambience within the car. It is easy to see how the new Opel Combo Life MPV could just be everything that today’s modern family crave in a practical, safe, spacious, comfortable, and well-specified people carrier.
Pricing & Options;
On-the-road pricing for the new Opel Combo Life MPV starts at a very resonable €23,840. Thanks to a generous level of standard specification, there are not many optional features to choose from, but some buyers may want to specify the likes of a full-length panoramic glass roof, advanced park assist, a factory-fitted towbar, or Opel’s ingenious ‘Intelligrip’ system with 5 driving modes for the ultimate in peace-of-mind motoring. The new Opel Combo Life comes complete with a 3-Year/100,000km warranty, along with free roadside assistance for the first year.
Visit www.opel.ie for further inforamtion.