The Combo Life recorded the slowest two-way average 0-60mph time of any car we’ve road tested this year. In isolation, its 14.7sec result needn’t count for much as a sideline criticism of such a simple, utilitarian car.
That time was fully two seconds slower than the 0-62mph claim made for it by Vauxhall, however, and a second and a half down on the heavier, and only marginally more powerful, seven-seat Ford Grand Tourneo Connect we figured in 2014. So even by the sedate standards of the class, this car is quite slow.
The Combo Life’s measured acceleration from 30mph to 70mph also lagged behind that of the larger Ford, with the Vauxhall taking 16.2sec next to 13.9sec for its rival.
The Combo Life’s 184lb ft doesn’t feel like much, then. For the strength of thrust you’d be comfortable depending upon for any proper towing, or when touring with a heavy load, you’d definitely want Vauxhall’s more powerful diesel engine.
The as-tested 99bhp engine does at least make this an easy vehicle in which to tool about town running errands. There’s never any need to wring the engine’s neck to keep the car moving along with the traffic, and setting off from the lights and dealing with stop-start queues are painless enough thanks, in part, to sensible pedal weights.