Anyone looking for as much interior space and versatility as they can get for the least possible outlay won’t go far wrong with the Combo Life.

Prices for the short-wheelbase, five-seat model in entry-level Design trim start at £19,610, while a long-wheelbase seven-seater (which is only available in range-topping Energy guise) will set you back at least £23,240. By way of comparison, a seven-seat Ford Grand C-Max would be nowhere near as practical but would cost at least £24k; diesel Seat Alhambras start at £28,705.

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Vauxhall and Peugeot both identical in terms of depreciation. Citroën does better, despite common platforms

That said, the Combo Life isn’t without similarly priced, more direct rivals – even from within the PSA Group. The Peugeot Rifter and Citroën Berlingo, which are mechanically identical to the Vauxhall, are priced within a few hundred pounds and come equipped with similar levels of kit.

Those in-house rivals are fairly inseparable from the Vauxhall in terms of depreciation, too. We predict comparably specced versions of the Citroën and Peugeot will hold 40% and 41% of their values respectively, next to 41% for the Combo Life over 36,000 miles and three years.

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