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New Vauxhall Combo-e Life electric seven-seater: price, specs and on-sale date

Five or seven-seat passenger version of Vauxhall Combo-e now costs from £29,610 after the plug-in car grant has been deducted

Vauxhall Combo-e Life

This is the Combo-e Life: a five or seven-seat passenger-car version of Vauxhall's compact electric van, it starts from £29,610 after the government plug-in car grant (PiCG) has been applied.

Two wheelbase lengths are available, with the Medium having either five or seven seats and the XL coming in seven-seat configuration only. According to Vauxhall it can cover up to 174 miles on a single charge, with the Combo-e Life capable of recharging at up to 100kW, allowing for a top up from 10% to 80% capacity from a public rapid charger in around 30 minutes.

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Topping up from a domestic wallbox will be possible at 7.4kW, while an optional 11kW on-board charger will allow for faster charging from three-phase setups, as found in some households and commercial premises.

A 134bhp electric motor – the same as used in other Stellantis Group electric models such as the Peugeot e-208 and Vauxhall Corsa-e – provides enough power for an 11.2-second 0-60mph time. A two-mode regenerative braking system allows for the strength of the regen effect to be adjusted to the driver's preference. Both versions of the Combo-e Life can tow a braked trailer weighing up to 750kg.

Inside, the five-seater Combo-e Life Medium offers 597 litres of boot space with the rear seats in place, expanding to 2,126 with the back seats dropped. The Combo-e Life XL has an 850-litre boot with all seven seats in place, expanding to 2,693 when they're folded. The front passenger seat can also be folded down to make carrying especially long items easier.

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The second rows of both Medium and XL variants are available as either three individually folding seats or with a 60:40 split (a 35:30:35 split is also available as an option). In both cases, each individual seat has its own ISOFIX child-seat mounting point, allowing for the fitment of three child seats next to each other.

Both the Medium and XL are offered in just one trim level: SE. This includes 16-inch alloy wheels, sliding side-access doors on both sides, LED daytime running lights with high-beam assist, a panoramic rear-view camera and automatic wipers. Body-coloured bumpers and side protection mouldings, as well as power-adjustable and power-folding door mirrors, are also standard.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity are standard, with other on-board technology including the Vauxhall Multimedia Navi Pro eight-inch touchscreen, as well as safety and driver-assistance systems such as forward collision alert with pedestrian protection, automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance, driver drowsiness alert, traffic-sign recognition and hill-descent control.

The Combo-e shares underpinnings with the Peugeot e-Partner and Citroen e-Berlingo. Vauxhall also offers the larger Vivaro-e Life electric minibus, with seating for up to nine.

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