#DriveWithPat Opel Combo Life 1.6 Turbo Diesel

Opel Combo Life 1.6 Turbo Diesel

The Opel Combo Life 1.6 Turbo Diesel is probably the most versatile car that I have ever driven. It is perfectly fit for purpose, particularly for someone who lives a highly versatile life. Whether you are a family woman or man, a business owner, or love adventure. The Combo Life is suitable every lifestyle.

Opel Combo Lif

Opel combo comes into variations, Combo Life and Combo Cargo. The later is for strictly business, as it as a panel van.

But first, can we talk about the storage?

I’m a mountain biker, so every now I and then my friends and I visit various cycling trails so what I loved the most with the Combo Life is that I can easily tuck my bike in the car with ease, without having to remove bicycle’s wheel like I would in a normal hatchback car. The is no need for a bicycle carrier as well. Not only I could fit my own bike, but friends’ too. I just needed to fold the rear seats and voila the car was now a panel van.

There is storage for days. Actually, you will run out things to store in the Combo Life than storage space. It has countless storage solutions. With the rear seats folded down, you get a whopping 2 126 liters of storage.

The drive

Like I always say, the goodness of any car is in the driving (check my previous review here). Opel has done a great job in making the Combo Life a solid car and pleasurable to drive. The 1.6 Turbo Diesel engine produces 68kW and 230Nm of torque and coupled with a 5-speed gearbox. At times the turbo takes a bit of time to kick in, so you need to make sure that you get the gear selection right.

Fuel consumption of any is often linked to the driver’s driving style. I found the Combo Life’s fuel consumption pretty good it lived up Opel’s claimed 5L/100km.

Safety and Tech

When it comes to safety rest assured, the Combo Life is fitted with 6 airbags,  ABS, electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), electronic stability programme (ESP), traction control and hill-start assist.

Opel Combo Life - Apple CarPlay

It is also fitted with IntelliLink Infotainment System that features a 7-inch touchscreen that is Android Auto and Apple CarPlay enabled. So, there is no need for an AUX cable.


The Cobo life is competitively priced with prices starting from R399 000 and comes with 3 years/120 000KM warranty and roadside assistance, Anti-Corrosion Warranty – 12 Years / Unlimited km, and Service Plan – 3 Years / 60 000 km.

Now that South Africa is on Level 2 of the national lockdown a road trip in the Opel Combo Life will be a great idea. Request a test drive here.