2020 Opel Combo Life XL Review: Christmas comes so suddenly every year. Well, if you can do the shopping stress with a practical vehicle. “Every year,” the heavenly Christmas specialist needs support from his Earthly task force. After all, it’s hard enough to distribute the gifts worldwide on time. No less serious is the problem that the more or less official skiable means of transport have limited loading capacity and the reindeer’s capacity is also limited. Good if other load sleds can be used, such as this car, an Opel Combo XL. An almost contemplative everyday test for the celebration of love and gifts.
New Opel Combo Life XL Dimensions
The design of the Opel Combo unlike that of its almost identical brothers Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Rifter rather unfussy held. The in the long version 4.75 meter long high-roof combination does not optically deny that he is more of a practitioner than an esthete and waived equal to colorful attachments or sporty pretending small steering wheels. The metallic paint in sand-gray (surcharge: 500 euros), however, does not necessarily lead to cheers! a rich shade of red, on the other hand, gives the vehicle a little “color” and also does not cost anything extra.
The New Opel Combo Life XL is delivered exclusively in the Edition Edition. Here are two side sliding door for the rear to the standard extent. They allow the rear passengers a comfortable entry and exit. At the front, the driver sits enthrallingly above the traffic on quite comfortable seats, which could certainly give more support on longer tours. Unfortunately, the combo does not have the back-friendly EGR seats that are otherwise available from Opel.
Many owners will probably be singing happily at Christmas time when it comes to the hardware store or in the woods to get a proud bearer of the Christmas decoration. And you do not need a trailer or roof rack to transport the tree home. Up to a length of 2.23 meters, a tree fits with folded rear seats in the trunk. If you fold the back of the passenger seat, the tree may even be up to 3.05 meters long.
Opel offers for the combo two single seats for the third row (surcharge: 750 euros), so that up to seven people can sit in the vehicle. Thanks to the two side sliding doors, access to the rearmost seats is relatively easy, yet they are most suitable for the younger and more mobile passengers. Fully seated, however, the trunk volume melts faster than the snow at Christmas. If you remove the two seats, the boot holds between 850 and 2,693 liters. Ample space for large and small gifts.
There were no surprises in the drive. 130 horsepower was used. The 1.5-liter diesel with 96 kW / 130 hp represents the top engine in the Opel combo range dar. In our test car also provided an eight-speed automatic transmission (surcharge: 2,100 euros) for power transmission. This is operated via a rotary switch.
The diesel engine operated normally surprisingly quiet, with 300 Nm is sufficient to power reserves available. The standard spurt succeeds in 11.4 seconds. However, the engine-transmission combination appreciates gentle acceleration processes, too rough handling of the accelerator pedal pressure, they acknowledged with aroused incomprehension about the required faster-switching operations. Well, a high roof combo is not an athlete, but its front face makes almost any drag optimization attempt obsolete. After all, on the highway, he can easily swim in the traffic, to reach the specified maximum speed of 184 km / h, is not too difficult.
The Opel Combo Life XL scores points thanks to its long wheelbase of almost three meters. Bumps and other bumps are discreetly ironed away, the vehicle is also full on the road. When it comes to consumption, there are no miracles to report. In the mix and with much driver restraint we came to 7.9 liters, surpassing the standard by 1.5 liters.
Who decides on the Opel Combo Life XL, must invest at least 24,900 euros. Here is the only petrol engine on offer, a three-cylinder turbo with 81 kW / 110 hp, the starter package. Our test car costs from 30,700 euros including the automatic. A few extras, however, bring the box office of the Opel dealer to sound more. Thus, the test car had additional features for about 6,000 euros on board such as head-up display, heated seats, parking assistants, navigation and integration of Apple CarPlay or Android Auto on board. In addition, the home-made good assistant equipment (front collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, fatigue, lane keeping and traffic sign recognition) was supplemented by a reversing camera and blind spot warning. What should necessarily book, is a luggage net (surcharge: 190 euros), it can be stretched between the first or second row of seats. This ensures loading safety and not just at Christmas time.
Opel Combo Life XL Specifications
High-roof combination with two sliding doors, five or seven seats, length: 4.75 meters, width: 1.92 meters (with external mirrors 2.11 meters), height: 1.88 meters, wheelbase: 2 , 98 meters, luggage capacity: 850 – 2,693 liters (five-seater)
1.5-liter four-cylinder diesel, 96 kW / 130 hp, eight-speed automatic, maximum torque: 300 Nm at 1,750 rpm, Vmax: 184 km / h, 0-100 km / h: 11.4 s, Average consumption according to WLTP: 6.2 l / 100 km, CO2 emissions: 164 g / km, emission standard: Euro 6d temp, efficiency class: B, test consumption: 7.9 / 100 km
Price: from 30.700 Euro [Edition]