The new generation was launched in 2008 and came with a radically changed exterior design that took everyone by surprise.
Continuing to bare the practical genes of its predecessor, the New Combo is available in two wheelbases, two heights, two Gross Vehicle Weights (GVWs) and two trim levels, namely Combo and Sportive.
The Opel New Combo Features a surprisingly modern design which looks different than anything else from the road. Its new tasty design has a lot of fluid lines that manage to disguise the boxy shape of the van.
Compared to the previous generation the new model has grown in size and now is 24 cm longer and 8 cm wider.
The raised headlights are combined with oversized wheel arches and a dynamic looking bumper, giving the vehicle an aggressive stance. The bonnet has a clean design traversed by two small cresses which gel great with the rest of the body.
The small grille is bares the company’s logo in its center and features a shiny horizontal strip that gives it a touch of sportiness.
The Opel New Combo is available in various shapes including two basic types of bodywork with short and long wheel bases (2,755/3,105 mm). Both types are available as a transporter variant (Cargo) as a panel van or glazed and as a five to seven seat versions for carrying passengers (Tour). The variants with short wheelbase can in addition be ordered with standard or high roofs.
The Opel New Combo features a spacious and welcoming cab. The dashboard has an ergonomic design and the center console is fitted with well placed controls. We also like the dash mounted gear knob which comes easier into hand compared with the previous model.
There is plenty of head-, leg- and shoulder-room for everybody and there are also sufficient storage places to keep you satisfied. Besides the conventional storage places, the passenger seat folds down to reveal a convenient desk and cup holders.
For increased practicality, the vehicle is available with a second passenger seat which can be found on the options list. On the other hand, the third seat isn’t too practical as it offers limited space due to the central mounted gear knob which is intrusive. The good part is that the third seat can be folded to increase the load length available. For increased practicality, you can also flip the seat cushion up to make a useful storage area on the cab floor.
You won’t have major complains about the seats either, as they are pretty comfortable and also come with a wide range of adjustments permitting you to get cozy behind the steering wheel.
The straight road visibility is great too and we also like the gargantuan side mirrors which keep blind spots to minimum.
The Opel New Como comes pretty well kitted with power steering, ABS, central locking, trip computer, electric windows, internally adjustable manual door mirrors and a radio/CD player.
Engines and performance
The Opel New Combo is available with four diesel engines. Regardless of what engine option you’ll choose, the vehicle will offer proper performances and it will be able to merge well with both city and highway traffic.
The entry level diesel is an 89hp 1.3-litre unit which is coupled to a five-speed manual gearbox and offers an average fuel consumption between 57.6mpg and 58.9mpg, depending on the model. You can also combine it with an automated manual Tecshift transmission which scores a mileage between 53.3mpg and 57.6mpg. This engine is also available in ECOflex version which slightly improves the fuel consumption and ads a start/stop button.
The second engine is a 1.6 liter unit which develops a maximum output of 104 hp. This engine is combined with a six speed manual transmission and offers average fuel consumption between 51.4mpg and 54.3mpg.
The strongest unit in the New Combo lineup is the 2.0 liter engine which churns out 133 hp. It uses the same six speed manual gearbox found at the 104 hp engine and scores a fuel consumption of 50.4mpg.
Opel New Combo Engines Specifications
|1.3||90 @ 4000||200 @ 1500|
|1.6||104 @ 4000||290 @ 1500|
|2.0||133 @ 3500||320 @ 1500|
Ride and handling
The Opel New Combo features an innovative Bi-link rear wheel suspension which is much better than the previous setup found at the old model. The rear axle link enables a full loading width of 1.23 meters between the wheel arches which enables easy transportation of Euro pallets. Moreover, the rear axle can deal with maximum weights of up to 1,450 kilograms.
The ride feels much better and forgiving than the old one as the Opel New Combo is able to soak most of road bumps without sending too many vibrations inside the cab.
The body roll is also perfectly kept in check and the handling abilities are surprisingly good for a van. You can rely with confidence on the accurate power assisted too, as it permits you to have a proper control of the vehicle at both low and high speeds.
While the previous Combo was among the best vehicles in its class, the new model is even better and moves this heritage further. Inside, it offers good overall ergonomy and its also fairly practical while the exterior design is certainly part of the modern class and offers a perfect mix between style and functionality.
The build quality isn’t at the same level with the Volkswagen or Mercedes products, but it’s still pretty good, given the utilitarian character of the vehicle.
The engines are up to the task as well and regardless of what power output you’ll chose you’ll be treated with sharp performances and adequate fuel consumptions. Not to mention about the ride and handling which are above average.