Vauxhall and Citroen slash MPV prices as models go electric-only

List prices dropped by up to £3,000 to ensure models are eligible for new plug-in car grant

Vauxhall and Citroen have cut the price of their MPV models as they and sister brand Peugeot drop combustion engines from their range of people carriers.

Vauxhall and Citroen have adjusted prices for their Combo Life, Vivaro Life, Berlingo and SpaceTourer models by up to £3,000 to ensure their vehicles qualify for the recently cut plug-in car grant.

Prices for Vauxhall’s Combo-e Life now start from £31,110 while the Vivaro-e Life is available from £31,795 before the grant is applied. The Citroen e-Berlingo and e-SpaceTourer now cost from £30,995 and £31,795 respectively, with all versions of the e-Berlingo eligible for the grant.

Petrol and diesel versions of all four models have been dropped from the line-up and Peugeot has also gone all-electric with its Rifter and Traveller models, which share a platform with the Vauxhall and Citroen variants.

All six vehicles use the same 134bhp motor and 50kWh battery. Ranges for the smaller Combo-e, e-Berlingo and e-Rifter vary from 172 to 174, while the three larger models offer between 143 and 148 miles on a single charge.

Julie David, managing director of Peugeot said: “Peugeot is committed to electrification, with a goal of offering a fully electric variant across our entire model line-up by 2024. Already we offer a fully electric van across our entire LCV portfolio, so with our award-winning MPV range now exclusively available as electric vehicles, we’re catering for the growing demand for zero-tailpipe emissions vehicles.”

Vauxhall has also confirmed that it intends to  become an EV-only brand by 2028. Its managing director, Paul Wilcox, said: “Vauxhall has set out a clear ambition to go electric-only by 2028 and this is another step on that journey. We are focused on ensuring that the benefits of going electric are available, and affordable, to as many British motorists as possible.”

The brands have confirmed that third-party specialist conversion models, such as wheelchair accessible vehicles, will still be available with combustion engines.