2020 Opel Combo Life Review – All About Family Vans
here is the review of New 2020 Opel Combo Life. The design paraded at the top of the sales pitches for many models, but irreducible customers rely primarily on the space on board and the practical aspects to find shoes to their feet. And this little game, difficult to do better than an MPV. Especially when this one, like the Opel Combo, doubles his smart wit with a real talent to transport the troops. Rest of tariffs become prohibitive for the amateurs of good deals. First test with the 1.5 Diesel.
The history of the automotive industry is thus made. Partnerships between builders (sometimes going as far as marriage), disagreements often leading to divorce, these relationships often result from children with multiple roots. This is the case of the 2020 Opel Combo Life. Formerly 100% German, he found his time in Italy, when his mother went to flirt with Fiat, who lent him the platform of his double . Now sealed with the French PSA, Opel launches a new Combo closely derived from Peugeot Rifter and CitroënBerlingo. A boon, this technical base allowing the last of the brand at the Blitz to offer services in net progress.
2020 Opel Combo Life Redesign & Changes – New EMP2 Platform
By reusing the well-known EMP2 (with a specific deformable cross at the rear to better support the load, especially in utility), the Combo contains its weight, evolves on rolling trains rather clever and discovers a technological world hitherto unexplored by his rivals (except his recent cousins, of course). In total, the Combo Life will have a range of five engines (all original PSA). In a diesel, the 1.5 is available in versions 75, 100 and 130 hp. As for the successful 1.2 Puretech, it loses its name here but will still find its place in 110 and 130 hp. The automatic torque converter BVA8 (again, an EAT8 that does not say its name), is available with the most powerful diesel and will be associated with turbo gasoline 130 hp from next year. Available in two body lengths (4.40 m and 4.75 m), as was the case in the Fiat episode, the Opel Combo Life is still available in 5 or 7-seater version.
Note that the shorter version can also accommodate these two additional seats, but it will be necessary to forget any space of loading in the trunk. A hold for the least generous since it offers between 597 and 2 126 l (VDA standards) loading (between 850 and 2693 l for the long version). Finally, with the folding passenger seat (in a pack of 350 euros with sunshade for rear windows and trunk net), the loading length is more than 3m. Convenient.
We will return to the more technical aspect of the Opel Combo Life 2020. But for the moment, let us linger – and it takes time to cover this vast territory – on its immense interior full of nooks and small hiding places.
FYI, our short version is a high innovation finish on which all options have been checked. By opening its practice sliding door, we discover 3 independent seats (standard Innovation, 240 euros on Enjoy) sliding, foldable and able to accommodate a car seat each (not so common). At the top of the luggage compartment, a large storage of 40 l is accessible from both outside and inside. Above the occupants’ heads, an additional storage rail runs the entire length of the roof while two hatches are under their feet at the rear. In the front seats, there are two large glove boxes, a central console hiding a trunk able to engulf two large bottles of water, generous door bins, a nasturtium at the top of the windshield, and small storage scattered behind the touch screen and facing the passenger. In short, that’s the exhaustive tour of the owner that will allow all the family to take his ease. Enough to imagine departures on holidays rather serene, especially since space is missing nowhere and the atmosphere, certainly black and placardées hard plastics (but well assembled), is not without a certain modernity. On the way.
2020 Opel Combo Life On The Road; Performance
Under the hood of our test version, the 130 hp diesel is at ease. Its 300 Nm of torque have “only” 1,500 kg to move and endow the imposing Combo Life with good performances. If the occasions are rather effective (provided to downgrade each restart), difficult on the other hand to imagine that a less powerful engine can be at ease in this vehicle capable of shipping troops and paraphernalia. He stands out as the best choice. Especially since its average consumption, between 7.2 l and 7.5 liters on our peri-urban course are not frightening. A result a priori correct but obtained in particular by a staggering along the six reports of the manual gearbox.
Out of long national where the Combo has demonstrated a commendable discretion for such a car, the Franco-German MPV demerit does not demerit as soon as the road becomes less straight. With a precise front end and straightforward direction, the Combo is never unpleasant to drive. And for an MPV, its dynamic behavior is rather flattering, despite a decision of roll sum all logic for such a high model. But where this Opel amazes is its comfort, always cozy. Whether filtering small imperfections of the road (potholes, road connections, etc.) or smoothing large deformations, shock absorbers deliver a deft performance, finding the right balance between race course and maintenance of cash.
2020 Opel Combo Life Equipment
Having a modern platform like the EMP2 also means being able to use a large technological content. And the Opel not to deprive itself, thus entering an era of modernity hitherto unknown to MPVs. In total, the brand boasts the availability of around 20 driving aids such as adaptive cruise control, recognition of traffic signs, blind spot alarms, lane keeping, the camera 180 ° or the head-up display. Like its technical cousins, the Opel Combo Life builds its range on two variants and three finishes: Essentia, Enjoy and Innovation.
From the first level, manual air conditioning, cruise control, and lane departure warning are “offered”.
You have to go to the second level to have the backup radar, a better audio system or lumbar support for the driver.
Finally, the high-end offers automatic dual-zone climate control, an 8-inch touch-screen multimedia system, a panoramic roof with storage rail, automatic ignition of lights and a heated steering wheel (an exclusivity not available to Rifters). and Berlingo).
When making your choice, it will be necessary to browse this range rather wide to avoid some surprises. Be aware that by opting for the automatic transmission BVA8, you automatically waive the electric parking brake, large central storage (replaced by the handbrake lever) and the active cruise control. On the other hand, by choosing the 2020 Opel Combo Life XL (only available in diesel 100 and 130 hp), the range is reduced to the only intermediate level Enjoy. Electric rear windows, the opening of the independent telescope, glazed roof with storage rail, independent second row seats are then optional or even totally unavailable