Opel Combo: Compact Van with Passenger Car Qualities.

Sep 30, 2010

  • Variable: From panel van to five-seater
  • Economical: Available in diesel, gasoline and natural gas variants
  • Spacious: One of the largest vans in its class, with up to 3,200 liters load volume

Hannover/Rüsselsheim. With the Combo as a variable and compact van alongside the larger Movano and Vivaro vans, Opel offers a modern and versatile fleet in the light commercial vehicle segment. Parallel to the Combo panel van, which offers a load volume of up to 3,200 liters, the five-seat Combo has established itself as a popular leisure and family vehicle thanks to its spaciousness and outstanding value for money. It is available with two common-rail turbo-diesels, one gasoline engine and the exceptionally economical and environmentally-friendly 1.6-liter CNG natural gas option.

Load area and capacity

The Combo is 4.32 meters long with a 2.71 meter wheelbase. The load area is 1.7 meters long, with a width ranging from 1.35 meters to a maximum of 1.45 meters (with two sliding doors).

With the front passenger seat back folded down, the load length can be increased to a best in class 2.70 meters. Between the wheel arches the Combo measures up to 1.11 meters and the maximum loading height is 1.19 meters. Standard-sized (60 cm) white goods can be loaded through one or two sliding doors, and the large rear opening enables loading of Euro-sized pallets through the wing doors in the panel van or via the tailgate in the passenger car variant. Thanks to the compact rear axle design, the cargo area is free of intrusive strut-mount towers. A low loading height of only 55 cm, a high payload of up to 742 kilograms and a permitted trailer load of up to 1,000 kg (braked) are all further practical features.

Passive and active safety

Thanks to the Combo’s stable body structure, collision energy is distributed along predefined load paths in the event of an accident. Side-impact protection beams in the doors and reinforced roof, B-pillars and side sill profiles ensure a high level of protection in the event of a side collision. Airbags for the driver and front passenger are standard in all passenger versions, and the panel van comes with an airbag for the driver.

The Combo features Opel’s patented Pedal Release System (PRS), three-point safety belts for all seats, as well as seat-belt tensioners and belt-force limiters in front are standard. Fixtures for the ISOFIX child seat system are available as an option for the outer rear seats.

The Opel Combo owes its safe and predictable handling characteristics to its torsion-resistant body, the McPherson strut front axle suspended from a hydroformed subframe, and a torsion beam rear axle. Stiffer springs and shock absorbers are available to meet especially heavy load-carrying requirements.

The ABS system with a brake booster, internally ventilated disk brakes in front (also in the rear for the 1.7 CDTI, 1.6 CNG and the ‘increased payload’ options) and brake assist ensure powerful deceleration. With electric power steering, maneuvering requires minimal effort.

Engines and transmissions

The Combo’s engine range includes a state-of-the-art gasoline unit, two powerful CDTI common-rail turbo-diesels and an environmentally compatible natural gas unit. Thanks to variable intake control and high rates of exhaust gas recirculation, the 66 kW (90 hp) 1.4 gasoline engine consumes just 6.2 l/100 km. The efficient 1.3 CDTI (55 kW) and 1.7 CDTI (74 kW) with variable multiple direct injection require between 5.1 and 5.2 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers.

The 1.6 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) unit is designed for maximum efficiency. In line with the monovalentplus concept, special pistons, valves and valve-seat inserts, as well as separate injection systems for natural gas and gasoline, are used. With 19 kg of natural gas and a 14-liter gasoline reserve to cover stretches with no natural gas stations, the 69 kW (94 hp) CNG Combo ecoFLEX has an operating range of approximately 550 kilometers and emits just 133 g/km CO2.

The 1.4 ecoFLEX variant emits 148 g/km CO2 and the 1.3 CDTI ecoFLEX version just 134 g/km CO2. All Combos are equipped with a five-speed manual gearbox. The 1.3 CDTI is also available with an automated Easytronic five-speed manual transmission and features a diesel particulate filter as standard.

Quality and service

The Opel Combo is among the best in its class in terms of operating costs. Customers benefit from frugal engines, long service intervals (main inspection: two years/60,000 km – interim service: one year/30,000) and reduced maintenance requirements. The repair-friendly, modular body concept ensures low insurance ratings and premiums. The rear lights, for example, are positioned to reduce exposure to crash impacts.

A further advantage is the two-year new-car manufacturer guarantee which goes beyond statutory requirements. In addition to this, the Combo panel van comes with a Europe-wide commercial vehicle service package “Opel Road Plus”, which includes, for example, workshop service without an appointment.