Family Friendly Everyday Hero: The Innovative Opel Combo Life

Wed, 19/09/2018 - 08:00

IAA Commercial Vehicles 2018: Summary new Opel Combo Life
  • World premiere: Opel Combo Life XL at IAA Commercial Vehicles in Hannover (Booth C 64, Hall 13)
  • Ideal for every task: Highly versatile fifth generation Combo with new architecture
  • All in: Numerous ultra-modern driver assistance systems as standard
  • Clean performance: All petrol and diesel units already meet Euro 6d-TEMP standard
  • Clear styling: Expressive design with Opel-typical headlight signature
  • Value for money: Prices start at €19,995
  • For journalists: Groupe PSA press conference at 13:25 CET on September 19


Rüsselsheim/Hannover.  The new everyday hero and all-purpose leisure activity vehicle, the Opel Combo Life is in the starting blocks. The 5th generation of the Combo is based on an all-new architecture, offers plenty of space, is highly versatile and practical, comes with either one or two sliding rear doors and is optionally available as a standard (4.4 metres) or XL version (4.75 metres) both with either five or seven seats and robust, Opel-typical design. The XL variant of the leisure activity vehicle will celebrate its world premiere at the IAA Commercial Vehicles. Full of character, a real space wonder and a true friend that not only families will love. The new Opel Combo Life offers a feel-good atmosphere with an unrivalled number of ultra-modern technologies for this segment. The new Combo will be presented alongside its Citroën Berlingo and Peugeot Partner/Rifter siblings at the press conference on September 19 (13:25 CET, Booth C 64 in Hall 13).

Even for an attractive entry-level price of €19,995 (all prices RRP incl. VAT in Germany) the 4.40-metre all-rounder has driver assistance systems such as Forward collision alert with pedestrian detection and Automatic Emergency Braking[1], Lane Keep Assist, Hill Start Assist, Intelligent Speed Adaptation and Speed Limiter along with Driver Drowsiness Alert and Traffic Sign recognition. Elsewhere, features such as the comfort driver and front passenger seats or tinted heat-absorbing glazing increase the well-being of the occupants of the entry-level version.

For prices starting at €23,450 the Combo Life is available in the Edition trim. This then includes further equipment features such as the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible Multimedia Radio with eight-inch colour touchscreen, air-conditioning and heated steering wheel as standard.

Elsewhere, the new Opel Combo Life raises the bar with regards to safety and comfort. It is fitted with technologies and driver assistance systems well-known from the compact or SUV segment such as, Rear View Camera with 180° bird’s-eye view, Head up display and IntelliGrip electronic traction control that ensure outstanding traction and stable handling no matter whether the Combo Life is driving on mud, sand, wet roads or snow. One of the newcomers to the Opel portfolio of assistance systems is Flank Guard[2]. It supports drivers when turning at low speeds. And on top of that the new Opel Combo Life is also pleasant on the eye thanks to bold proportions giving a strong and robust appearance.

Comfortable, flexible, practical – and extremely clever

Apart from the unusual amount of technologies and assistance systems for a car in this segment, the Opel Combo Life will also delight drivers and passengers with a lot of space and maximum flexibility while also maintaining a high level of comfort. Both the standard and the longer version of the 1.8-metre high van are available with either five or seven seats. The five-seat, standard length version has a minimum luggage volume of 597 litres[3]. People requiring even more space can obviously also opt for the long wheelbase with a minimum luggage volume of 850 litres3. The newcomer also displays true transporter qualities with the seats folded down. The luggage volume of the standard version more than triples to 2,126 litres[4] while the long version can carry up to 2,693 litres4.

Furthermore, the developers have also thought about how to transport long items. Therefore, the optional front passenger dumplatch seat folds flush with the rear seats, extending the length of the loading area so that even surfboards can be transported. The designers also ensured that the annoying gap sometimes left between luggage and tailgate can be utilised thanks to the optional opening window integrated in the tailgate. Those in need of even more space and even more storage possibilities or those who want to tow a trailer (trailer load up to 1,500 kg) can obviously also attach a trailer via the optional fixed or removable towing hook.

The second row seating setup of both variants also caters for individual preferences. Customers will be able to choose between the standard second row bench with 60/40 split or alternatively three individual seats, which can be folded conveniently from the boot[5]. In both cases, each seating position has its own Isofix child seat bracket as standard allowing for three child seats to be fitted next to each other. Furthermore, each seat has a top tether anchor point designed to lessen forward movement of the forward facing child seat in the event of a frontal collision and thus reduce the risk of injury. Meanwhile, easy access to the passenger compartment is guaranteed by the large sliding doors.

The optional panoramic roof allows passenger to savour starry nights or lap up the warm rays of the sun. When the sun is too strong for the occupants’ liking, an electric sunblind, activated though a switch in the overhead console, can be closed, providing total protection. When open, the panoramic roof also improves the feeling of space even further while simultaneously creating a pleasant and light ambience. When ordered with the panoramic roof, the Combo Life comes with overhead storage running down the centre of the vehicle with LED lighting as standard. Furthermore, in this configuration the newcomer is also fitted with a large 36-litre storage box mounted above the hat tray in the boot. This enables for some of the space normally not utilised when not packing up to the roof to be used sensibly – without impeding the view of following traffic through the rear view mirror. The driver and front seat passenger can find further useful storage possibilities in the central console, the door pockets and an upper and lower glove box. In total, the Combo Life has 28 clever storage possibilities.

Last, but not least the numerous connectivity options ensure outstanding entertainment. The Combo Life offers Opel-typical modern Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible infotainment systems with up to eight-inch capacitive colour touchscreen along with USB ports in the front and second to charge tablets and smartphones. A 230V power socket in the front footwell even allows one passenger to plug in a laptop. Furthermore, compatible smartphones can also be charged wirelessly via the inductive charging pad.

Clean performance: Ultra-modern Euro 6d-TEMP propulsion portfolio

The portfolio of lively and frugal petrol and diesel engines (fuel consumption[6]: urban 6.9-4.5 l/100 km, extra-urban 5.2-3.8 l/100 km, combined 5.8-4.1 l/100 km, 133-108 g/km CO2) available for the flexible and spacious all-rounder deliver the appropriate driving performance. They already meet the stringent Euro 6d-TEMP emissions standard. The units will be combined with modern five and six-speed manual transmission. In addition, an eight-speed automatic with Quickshift technology will also be available. It can be ordered in combination with the 1.5-litre, 96 kW/130 hp top-of-the-range diesel that delivers maximum torque of 300 Nm (fuel consumption6: urban 4.8-4.6 l/100 km, extra-urban 4.3-4.1 l/100 km, combined 4.5-4.3 l/100 km, 118-113 g/km CO2).


[1] Works automatically above 5 km/h and below 85 km/h. From 0 to 30 km/h the deceleration metric to reduce the impact speed of the collision is 0.9g. From 30 to 85 km/h the system brakes to the speed by a maximum of 22 km/h. After this threshold, the driver needs to brake himself to reduce the speed even further.

[2] Active below 10km/h.

[3] Measured until the top of the back seat and in accordance with ISO 3832.

[4] Measured up to the roof and in accordance with ISO 3832.

[5] Available from 2019.

[6] WLTP measurements converted to NEDC values for comparison


Further information about official fuel consumption, official specific CO2 emissions and consumption of electric energy can be found in the “guideline about fuel consumption, CO2 Emissions and electric energy consumption of new passenger cars” ('Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO2-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch neuer Personenkraftwagen') in German language, which is available free of charge at any point of sales and at DAT Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH, Helmuth-Hirth-Straße 1, D-73760 Ostfildern. 



Martin Golka

Group Manager International Product Communications
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