Following the recent launch of the Opel Combo Cargo, the Russelsheim brand is rolling out a people-mover version of its panel van in the South African market. In a market dominated by SUV-flavoured (but compact hatchback-based) crossovers, the newcomer is a conventional MPV that offers an impressive value and practicality for R369 900.
* Note that the vehicle pictured here is of Euro specification, the local model will have a slightly different mix of features, Opel notes.
Compared with its Cargo commercial-vehicle sibling, the Life’s exterior treatment is more in keeping with a compact MPV. It features colour-coded bumpers, -door handles and -side mirrors, plus protective side-mouldings, left- and right sliding rear doors (the former with a tiltable window and latter with a fixed pane), plus a tailgate (instead of cabinet-style doors) with a separately-opening window.
Large side-glass areas create a roomy-feeling interior.
The newcomer is a 5-seater with 60/40-split rear seats that can accommodate loads of up to 690 kg when they’re folded forward, Opel claims.
Standard features include, inter alia, a height-adjustable seat with lumbar support, a rake- and reach-adjustable multifunction steering wheel, which is power-assisted, cruise control, a 7-inch Intellilink touchscreen infotainment system (with smartphone-screen projection technology, in conjunction with a 6-speaker audio setup) and automatically activated headlamps. Roof rails are optional, however.
The Combo Life is powered by a 68 kW/230 Nm 1.6-litre turbodiesel engine mated with a 5-speed manual gearbox. Opel claims the model will consume an average of 5.0 L/100 km and the newcomer is rated to tow trailers of up to 720 kg (unbraked) and 1 100 kg (braked).
As befitting an MPV, the Combo Life affords generous utility space with the rear seats folded flat.
In terms of safety equipment, the Opel is equipped with 6 airbags (driver-, front-passenger, front side and full-length curtain units), ABS with EBD, a high-level brake lamp, electronic stability programme (ESP), traction control and hill-start assist. Security measures include remote-controlled central locking, an anti-theft immobiliser and electronic child locks for the rear sliding doors.
Opel Combo Life Price in South Africa (August 2019)
The new Opel Combo Life is offered with a 3-year/120 000 km warranty and roadside assistance cover and a 3-year/60 000 km service plan (with service intervals at 12 months/15 000 km.
Opel Combo Life R369 900