Vauxhall Combo Life: Practical Motoring

Bryan

RMS Regular
Location
Waringstown
Drives
Cortina/Wrangler
Don't really get this whole badge engineering thing... it's really a Peugeot Partner/Citroen Berlingo/Fiat Doblo. No one seems to really want to make their own van now (except for PSA...)
 

Graham

RMS Photographer
Location
By the sea
Drives
Press Cars
Don't really get this whole badge engineering thing... it's really a Peugeot Partner/Citroen Berlingo/Fiat Doblo. No one seems to really want to make their own van now (except for PSA...)
PSA own Vauxhall, so you're right, it is a Peugeot
 

stevieturbo

RMS Regular
Location
Antrim
Drives
Old Ford
Citroen dispatch etc.

I've actually had a new Dispatch van ( early 2018 registered ) for a couple of weeks and as much as I always hate anything French. It's actually not bad. The Partner/Berlingo I had before was utter *****.

Dispatch far more roomy up front, ok storage space although far from ideal. Could do with a central drinks holder too. But it's reasonably decent to drive for a van.
Not terrible looking from the outside either, twin rear doors always handy too.
 

stevieturbo

RMS Regular
Location
Antrim
Drives
Old Ford
Don't really get this whole badge engineering thing... it's really a Peugeot Partner/Citroen Berlingo/Fiat Doblo. No one seems to really want to make their own van now (except for PSA...)
Doubt there is any Doblo in it now after PSA bought Vaux over ?
 

stevieturbo

RMS Regular
Location
Antrim
Drives
Old Ford
Maybe not Doblo but look at the Mercedes Citan... glorified Berlingo.
Citan is a Kangoo, maybe different engines just. They might share some aspects with the Berlingo etc, but are visibly fairly different.

Berlingo/Partner definitely the same, and now Vauxhall's Combo same as Citroen Dispatch and whatever is the Peugeot equivalent.

I havent seen anything yet that is the same as the new Doblo
 

Graham

RMS Photographer
Location
By the sea
Drives
Press Cars
Citan is a Kangoo, maybe different engines just. They might share some aspects with the Berlingo etc, but are visibly fairly different.

Berlingo/Partner definitely the same, and now Vauxhall's Combo same as Citroen Dispatch and whatever is the Peugeot equivalent.

I havent seen anything yet that is the same as the new Doblo
I was in the workshop one day when a fresh Merc A Class derv was getting serviced... the oil filter had black tape around it and once removed, revealed renault livery lol
 

Bryan

RMS Regular
Location
Waringstown
Drives
Cortina/Wrangler
You're right..




It's the older model Combo I'm getting confused with...



Still... it proves my point. They're all the same.
 

stevieturbo

RMS Regular
Location
Antrim
Drives
Old Ford
They're the same within those shared platforms yes. And old Combo and Doblo were the same, albeit with a slightly different engine range.

But Kangoo/Citan are not same as Berlingo/Partner etc

Berlingo/Partner are the worst van I've driven in a long time. Just no room for the driver whatsoever, very poor driving position etc.

Even with all the shared platforms etc...it baffles me as to how they all build such crap vans that offer so little for the driver who actually spends all day in the van and works in their van etc.

That said, I've driven some new Transit customs lately which are well specced up, and they're pretty good inside. But obviously on the bigger side compared to the above.
 

Blackie

RMS Regular
Location
Newtownabbey
Drives
'04 Clio Dynamiq
Great write up and one I find very helpful. We are most likely going to be in the market soon for an MPV and with my affinity for Vauxhall’s there’s a good chance this could be it.

And yes, I do realise it’s not a Vauxhall really........
 

Bryan

RMS Regular
Location
Waringstown
Drives
Cortina/Wrangler
They're the same within those shared platforms yes. And old Combo and Doblo were the same, albeit with a slightly different engine range.

But Kangoo/Citan are not same as Berlingo/Partner etc

Berlingo/Partner are the worst van I've driven in a long time. Just no room for the driver whatsoever, very poor driving position etc.

Even with all the shared platforms etc...it baffles me as to how they all build such crap vans that offer so little for the driver who actually spends all day in the van and works in their van etc.

That said, I've driven some new Transit customs lately which are well specced up, and they're pretty good inside. But obviously on the bigger side compared to the above.
Ford make some nice vans. If I was in the market for a van it would have to be the Transit Custom. Apparently it is the best selling vehicle in the whole of the UK including the car market. Ford & Volkswagen must be the only two manufacturers who actually build their own small vans.

The car in front is a Toyota...


Oops no it's not it's a Peugeot/Citroen imposter...

 

Blackie

RMS Regular
Location
Newtownabbey
Drives
'04 Clio Dynamiq
Realistically they’re aren’t too many brands these days who haven’t dabbled in some sort of cross platform vehicle within their range.
 

stevieturbo

RMS Regular
Location
Antrim
Drives
Old Ford
Cant comment on a small Ford Connect or whatever, I was referring to a normal Transit custom. But they're definitely better than any others I've driven.
But even the small Ford vans are great looking vans compared to a lot of the others.

Seen one of the Toyotas the other day and noticed it was same as what I was driving. Bound to be a huge step down in reliability/reputation etc for Toyota to latch onto French crap.
 

impact

RMS Regular
Drives
GT86
Ford make some nice vans. If I was in the market for a van it would have to be the Transit Custom. Apparently it is the best selling vehicle in the whole of the UK including the car market. Ford & Volkswagen must be the only two manufacturers who actually build their own small vans.
We supply the cylinder heads for transit and sales are way up and beyond what was expected.
Volkswagen are due to share Fords pickup platforms in near future.
 

plexo

RMS Regular
Location
Belfast
Drives
Mitsubishi
Cant comment on a small Ford Connect or whatever, I was referring to a normal Transit custom. But they're definitely better than any others I've driven.
But even the small Ford vans are great looking vans compared to a lot of the others.

Seen one of the Toyotas the other day and noticed it was same as what I was driving. Bound to be a huge step down in reliability/reputation etc for Toyota to latch onto French crap.
ai autosport had a 2016 connect and it was Citroen engines and also had to get doors replaced under warranty because of rust which is why he sold it
 

stevieturbo

RMS Regular
Location
Antrim
Drives
Old Ford
Yea, they seem to all use that same engine. Must be cheap or something and it lasts the warranty period in most cases
 
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