High roof combination

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Typical high roof combination: Renault Kangoo - the form results from the function

A high-roof station wagon is a passenger car with an above-average interior height, which was developed based on the concept of the van for passenger transport. The term is used today for the vehicle class that was created by the Citroën Berlingo in 1996 and is mainly represented in Europe.


With a floor space corresponding to the compact class, high roof combos have a roof height of 1.7 to 1.9 m, an interior height of 1.0 to 1.2 m and a resulting load volume of 2.5 m³ to 4.0 m³. Other similarities are one or two sliding doors for the rear passengers and a vertical tailgate or rear doors. The target group are mainly young families, as the vehicles are inexpensive and, for example, a stroller can be put in the trunk without folding it up. Most high-roof station wagons also offer the option of accommodating three child seats in the rear.


Unlike Vans build leisure activity vehicle design on the concept of a pickup truck on. Conceptually, they therefore correspond more to the requirements of a commercial vehicle , but are tailored to passenger transport. The body is fully glazed; they have more comfortable equipment, sometimes a lower payload and always a second row of seats. To distinguish them from commercial vehicles, the high-roof station wagons often have an addition in the model name, for example Opel Combo Tour or VW Caddy Life . Most high-roof station wagons are designed as panel vans in the corresponding commercial vehicle variant ; there are also derived flatbeds , for example from the Fiat Doblo. Only a few high-roof station wagon models do not have a corresponding commercial vehicle variant; this is the case with the Mercedes Vaneo . Of larger vans derived vans with more than two rows of seats are usually considered minibus called while models without high roof Combi are called.


Representatives with a vehicle height between 1.65 m and 1.80 m

With the trio around the Peugeot Bipper, the class of high-roof wagons was expanded downwards in height from 2008, since the first high-roof wagons from these manufacturers have grown significantly in the second generation. Nevertheless, thanks to their width of around 1.65 m, these models have a loading volume of 2.5 cubic meters (or 2.8 cubic meters with the front passenger seat folded). Ford also expanded its Transit range downwards with the Courier.

Representatives with a vehicle height between 1.80 m and 1.90 m

This size class includes the first and most typical representatives of the high-roof station wagon.

Timeline of some high roof station wagon models

Timeline and widths of the typical high-roof station wagon
1990s 2000s 2010s
5 6th 7th 8th 9 0 1 2 3 4th 5 6th 7th 8th 9 0 1 2 3 4th 5
1.65-1.70 m lengthways, one Renault 2009 logo.svg/ Renault Kangoo I / Nissan KubistarNissan Logo.svg
Opel Logo.svg/ Vauxhall Brand Logo.PNG/ Logo Holden (car brand) .svg/ Opel Combo C / Vauxhall Combo / Holden Combo / Chevrolet ComboChevrolet logo 2007.svg
1.70-1.75 m Peugeot Logo 2.svg/ CITROEN 2009 logo.svg/ Peugeot Bipper / Citroën Nemo / Fiat QuboNew Fiat logo.png
New Fiat logo.png/
Fiat Doblò I / Pyeonghwa Ppeokkugi
Peugeot Logo 2.svg/ Peugeot Partner I / Citroën Berlingo ICitroën-Logo.svg
Mercedes-Benz-Logo.svg Mercedes-Benz Vaneo
1.75-1.80 m Dacia 2008 logo.svg Dacia Dokker
Ford.svg Ford Transit Courier
Volkswagen logo 2019.svg VW Caddy III
Ford.svg Ford Transit Connect I.
1.80-1.85 m Peugeot Logo 2.svg/ Peugeot Partner II / Citroën Berlingo IICITROEN 2009 logo.svg
Renault 2009 logo.svg/ Renault Kangoo II / Mercedes-Benz CitanMercedes-Benz-Logo.svg
New Fiat logo.png/ Opel-Logo-2011-Vector.svg/ Vauxhall Brand Logo.PNG/
Fiat Doblò II / Opel / Vauxhall Combo D / Ram ProMaster City
Ford.svg Ford Transit Connect II

Adjacent models

High-roof station wagons with larger dimensions often have more than two rows of seats and form the transition to minibuses . These are mostly models from 4 cubic meters of load volume such as B. the models:

In the lower limit of the high-roof station wagon class, station wagons are found that are only slightly higher than typical station wagons. There are also microvans or minivans with a higher design.


  1. ↑ Practical test of child seats - AUTO BILD 13/2007 - That will be tight
  2. - Fiat Doblò Cargo Work Up