Opel Combo-E in the test: Is this electric high-roof combination the most practical electric car? – News

The range of electric cars grows almost daily. But really practical family carriages are still rare. Opel dares the advance with the high-roof combination. Site tested the electric giant combo-e.

In the 1990s and early 2000s, high -roof combinations such as a VW Caddy, Citroen Berlingo or Renault Kangoo were fully trendy with family customers. They were never really nice, but always practical and not expensive. Two child seats and some luggage fit in the rolling ski boot and the sliding doors made it easier to load and unload luggage as well as people than with any station wagon. Then came the big SUV trend and it went downhill with the family friends.

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The high -roof combinations were unsexy and mostly floppy – many customers switched over and returned to the practical transport masters. In the meantime, the market has stabilized at a significantly lower level and the commercial customers in particular ensure that the high roof models in the program of many car manufacturers remain an issue.

Period of mileage, range & shop

But it is about electric drives, sees it at Renault Kangoo, Mercedes Citan, VW Caddy and Co. Currently dark out. From this series, Stellantis is now scoring with his triple pack from Opel Combo-E, Peugeot Rifter and Citroen Berlingo. The first model is the variable combo life as an electrical variant; Visually not distinguishable from his combustion brother and only in a motor variant in the program. The drive package is the same that is currently being planted from the Stellis Group. There is currently no selection of the French as usual with other brands. But with a family van like the combo Life, the 136 hp and 260 nm electric motor with its battery package fits well into the picture, because in a sporty motorized way in this league never wants to be on the road anyway.

However, the battery capacity of 50 kWh is too lean, because the maximum range of the high -roof combination is even under ideal conditions at just 280 kilometers. The standard consumption is an impressive 22.4 kWh at a hundred kilometers. In the case of highway speeds, it quickly becomes well below 200 kilometers and then it will also be too scarce with the return trip to mother-in-law or mountain tour.

Sloped range but fast charging

After all: In half an hour, the Opel strengthens up to 80 percent of its reach on a 100 kW speed-free column. However, that is hardly more than 220 kilometers. In the suburb and in the surrounding area okay – clearly too little for the big vacation tour.

At the top speed, the combo user must limit itself. The combo-e is sealed off at 135 km/h. This is enough to swim with the motorway, but in the event of maximum swinding, the current tie display increases to over 40 kWh/100 kilometers. How much electricity the moving wall wall really eats on the highway must show a deeper test under controlled conditions.

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Opel Opel Combo-E in the test: Is this electric high-roof combination the most practical electric car?

Place, equipment & prices

The combo-e can convince with its variable interior. It can be obtained in two body lengths with 4.40 and 4.75 meters and not only those who want to use the option of seven seats should be able to make friends with the long version. Apart from the Opel steering wheel and the digital instruments, there is the well-known arrangement of the Citroen Berlingo inside. Everything is clear, unfortunately anything but valuable, but good to use with lots of shelves and lots of space. The loading volume is gigantic. The short version already holds at least 597 liters behind the two rows of seats, the luggage volume is lush 850 liters for the combo-e life with a long wheelbase. The volume even increases to 2 with surrounded rear seats.126 or 2.693 liters.

With comfort, you should not expect the equipment of the common SUV, because the Opel Combo Life also comes from a light commercial vehicle as an electric model as an electric model. So the seating comfort is manageable at the front and special at the back. But space is enough for four normal large adults. There is only one -tier seat heating at the front. An electric tailgate or several USB slots for tablets and smartphones from the offspring are missing. However, by the WLAN radio wave of the entertainment system can be easily surfed while driving.

With the safety equipment, there is a solid base. The Opel Combo-E starts in the basic equipment at 38.100 euros. The better equipped ultimate variant costs 43.100 euros. After funding, the basic combo-E falls on the price-level of comparable high-roof burners such as the VW Caddy.

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This article was written by Stefan Grundhoff & Moritz Diethelm
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