WITH up to seven seats and priced from less than £32,000 makes the new all-electric Vauxhall Combo-e Life look a tempting proposition for economical family or business use.
Based on the Combo Life, the £31,610 Combo-e Life features a 50kWh lithium-ion battery and a 134bhp electric motor and is capable of up to 174 miles from a single charge. Supporting up to 100kW rapid charging, an 80 per cent charge takes 30 minutes in the new Combo-e Life.
All Combo-e Life variants come as standard with a single-phase 7.4kW on-board charger, with an optional three-phase 11kW charger also available.
With its zero emissions, the Combo-e Life is crucially exempt from current congestion and ultra-low emissions charges, and comes with a Benefit-in-Kind rate of one per cent and no Vehicle Excise Duty.
In addition, all fully electric Vauxhalls purchased will be automatically registered for eight years battery warranty, eight years roadside assistance and six months BP Pulse subscription.
The new Combo-e Life is available exclusively in SE trim, and in two sizes; a Medium and a longer XL variant. Medium models can be specified in either five or seven-seat configurations, while XL vehicles are offered exclusively with seven seats.
All SE models come standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, nearside and offside sliding side-access doors, LED daytime running lights with high-beam assist, a panoramic rear-view camera and automatic windscreen wipers. SE models also get body-coloured bumpers and side protection mouldings as well as electrically adjustable and foldable door mirrors.
Inside, all models come standard with Vauxhall's Multimedia system with an eight-inch colour touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Also included is Vauxhall Connect, which allows drivers to access vehicle information and charge status and live traffic updates when on the move. Vauxhall Connect also comes with Vauxhall's e-Call and b-Call technology, where in the event of an emergency or breakdown drivers are put in touch with a trained advisor with just the touch of a button. SE models also come standard with a 3.5-inch colour instrument display.
The Combo-e Life comes standard with safety and driver assist feature that include rear parking sensors and panoramic rear-view camera, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, cruise control with speed limited and speed sign recognition
Medium variants measure 4.40 metres long and are available in five- or seven-seat configurations, while larger XL variants measure 4.75 metres long and are exclusively offered with seven seats.
Medium variants with five seats feature up to 597 litres of boot space, extending up to 2,126 litres of space with the rear row folded, while XL variants come with 850 litres of space, and up to 2,693 litres with the rear rows folded.
The second row features a 60/40 split-folding seats, while the front passenger seat can be fully folded extending the length of the load area so that even large items, such as flat-pack furniture or ladders, can be carried inside the Combo-e Life.
For improved versatility, the new Combo-e Life is also rated to tow up to 750kg and comes with trailer stability technology that reduces vehicle speed when it detects the trailer swerving.