Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationOptional ExtrasIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • Collision prevention assist
  • Digital clock
  • Gearshift indicator
  • Headlight range control
  • Lights on warning buzzer
  • Multi-function Display
  • Rear door interior release lever
  • Rev counter
  • SD card slot
  • Service indicator

Entertainment

  • 4 speakers
  • DAB radio/CD player

Exterior Features

  • 180 degree opening rear doors
  • 2 speed windscreen wipers/intermittent wash
  • 8 securing points for roof load rack system
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Body coloured door handles
  • Electric front windows
  • Front and rear towing rings
  • Heat insulating glass
  • Heat reflective glass
  • Laminated windscreen

Interior Features

  • 1 coat hook
  • 1 hook on lower dash on front passenger side
  • 2 rear interior lights, switchable by door
  • 2 storage trays in dashboard
  • 2 sun visors folding and pivoted
  • Cab interior light
  • Drinks holder
  • Dust/pollen filter
  • Half height hardboard side lining
  • Height adjustable head restraints
  • Height and rake adjustable steering column
  • Interior entry steps
  • Interior roof trim - hardboard
  • Interior roof trim as headliner
  • Locking glovebox
  • Open storage compartment in dash panel including mobile phone holder
  • Passenger seat with reach and rake adjustment
  • Sheet steel flooring
  • Side roof frame trim
  • Storage box integrated in roof headliner
  • Storage compartments in doors
  • Storage compartments in outer side of driver & passenger seats
  • Storage net on lower dash passenger side

Packs

  • Electric pack A - Transporter

Safety

  • 3 point inertia reel belt on all seats
  • Brake pad wear indicator
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Height adjustable seatbelts with tensioners

Security

  • Electronic transponder immobiliser

Technical

  • 12V accessory socket
  • 70 litre fuel tank
  • ABS with electronic brake distribution
  • ASR traction control
  • Diesel particulate filter
  • EDL
  • Electronic differential lock
  • Engine braking control (MSR)
  • ESP
  • Hill start assist
  • Traction control

Emissions

CO2 (g/km)

159

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Automatic Transmission

1

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

1968

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

4

Engine Layout

FRONT TRANSVERSE

Engine Make

Fuel Delivery

COMMON RAIL

Fuel Delivery

DIESEL

Gears

6 SPEED

Manual Transmission

1

Number of Valves

16

Camshaft

DOHC

Fuel Consumption

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Combined (mpg)

46.3

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

52.3

EC Urban (mpg)

38.7

General

Safety Concerns?

1

Badge Engine CC

2

Badge Power

150

Based On ID

Coin Description

Coin Gross Vehicle Weight Code

Coin Power Output Code

Coin Series

Coin Wheelbase Description Code

Coin Wheelbase Name Code

Front Brakes

VENTILATED DISCS

Front Suspension

MCPHERSON STRUTS

Timing Belt Interval Mileage

0

Hand Brake

REAR WHEELS

Insurance Group 1

Insurance Group 2

NCAP Safety Assist %

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

Badge Power

Badge Engine CC

Vehicle Homologation Class

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Service Interval Frequency - Months

0

Vehicle Homologation Class

N1

Vin/Frame No.

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

11.1

Engine Power - BHP

150

Engine Power - KW

110

Engine Power - RPM

3250

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

251

Engine Torque - MKG

34.7

Engine Torque - NM

340

Engine Torque - RPM

1500

Top Speed

113

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Automatic Clutch

1

Plated 3rd Axle

Plated 4th Axle

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Make

Tyre Size Front

205/65 R16

Tyre Size Rear

205/65 R16

Tyre Size Spare

FULL SIZE

Wheel Style

Wheel Type

16" STEEL

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1990

Height (including roof rails)

Length

4904

Load Height

1410

Load Length

2572

Load Space Width Between Wheel Arches

1244

Side Load Door Height

1282

Side Load Door Width

1017

Turning Circle - Wall to Wall

11.9

Wheelbase

3000

Width

1904

Width (including mirrors)

2297

Weight and Capacities

Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

70

Gross Train Weight

5200

Gross Vehicle Weight

3000

Load Space Volume

5

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

Luggage Capacity - 2nd Row Seats Removed

Luggage Capacity - 2nd Row Seats Up

Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Down

Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Removed

Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Up

Max. Towing Weight - Braked

2500

Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked

750

Minimum Kerbweight

1837

No. of Seats

3

Max. Loading Weight

1163

On The Road

Driver Convenience

Entertainment

Exterior Features

Interior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Safety

Security

Technical

Trim

Wheels

Summary

Volkswagen has piled some desirable technology features into its current Transporter panel van. The advanced safety systems should be well received but it's the common-rail diesel engines that will really get customers going. On performance, refinement and economy, these units are difficult to top. Better still, the rest of the Transporter looks as solid as ever.

Background

This is the sixth generation T6 version of Volkswagen's Transporter, a medium-sized panel van that sits in the Wolfsburg maker's van range above the compact Caddy but below the substantial Crafter. Throughout all its incarnations, this vehicle has managed to remain simple, effective and well suited to the needs of its operators. There's quite a bit of competition around for the Transporter from models including the Citroen Dispatch, the Vauxhall Vivaro, the Ford Transit Custom, the Mercedes Vito and the Renault Trafic but Volkswagen will be hoping that a vast model range, some clever engine technology and a detailed specification will carry the latest version to glory.

Driving Experience

The Transporter engine range consists of four 2.0-litre TDI Euro6 engines with outputs of 84PS, 102PS, 150PS and 204PS. All 84PS and 102PS engines are fitted with a five-speed manual gearbox as standard, with 150PS and 204PS units equipped with either a six-speed transmission as standard or a seven-speed DSG automatic. So far so good, but what's it actually like to drive? Well 'quietly efficient' probably sums it up. The 'quiet' bit's significant: Volkswagen reckons that drivers used to rival vans will find this one to be much quieter, which'll make a lot of difference after a hard day at the wheel. And efficient? Well, let me put forward the braking system as an example. It features ABS of course, with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Electronic Braking Control to maximise its effectiveness and as soon as you use it in anger, the brake lights flash rapidly to alert following vehicles. Once you've screeched to a stop, the hazard warning lights come on automatically. Neat. The Transporter's traditionally precise handling remains, with plenty of feedback through the redesigned steering, a slick gearchange and a Germanically firm but by no means unpleasant ride. It's manoeuvrable too, for such a big vehicle.

Design and Build

The current Transporter looks a sharper proposition than its T5 predecessor - but not by much. In keeping with tradition, this T6 model offers a range of body options and gross vehicle weights to suit the needs of all operators and drivers. In addition to three roof height options; standard (1,410 mm),medium (1,635mm) and high (1,940mm),this Volkswagen is available with four gross vehicle weights (ranging from 2,600kg to 3,200kg) along with short and long wheelbase options. At the wheel, there are the expected driver and passenger airbags, plus a height and reach-adjustable steering wheel. Sliding across the three-seater cabin is slightly impeded by the way that the gear lever is mounted on a moulding that curves out from the dashboard, but the location does make it easy to use. A design touch we weren't sure about was the way the more aerodynamic outside mirrors house the radio, 'phone and GPS antennae: bashing them, as van drivers tend to do, would be expensive. Still, there are plenty of more thoughtful design features dotted around the cab. Each door, for example, incorporates both upper and lower storage bins, the lower one able to accommodate both a 1.5-litre bottle and an A4 clipboard. On the passenger side, there's a storage box under the seat and, on the side of the facia, a net to hold documents. Pull out the ashtray and you'll find cupholders for your McDonalds breakfast on both sides and there's a shelf for your sunglasses above the windscreen.

Market and Model

As usual, there's a choice of Panel Van or 'Kombi' Crew van variants. Entry-level 'Startline' Panel Van models are priced from around £19,000 (panel van, excluding VAT) and include a host of standard features including BlueMotion Technology, a DAB+ digital radio, a 5-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth phone connectivity and a USB connection. Standard equipment also includes Volkswagen's acclaimed Automatic Post Collision Braking system, which automatically applies the brakes after a collision, reducing the risk of a secondary impact. 'Trendline' models get smarter wheel trims, a full-height steel bulkhead (panel van),body-coloured bumpers and rear parking sensors. A Comfort pack consisting of foldable grab handles on A-pillars, additional storage compartments, dimmable cabin lights and additional noise suppression is also fitted as standard. 'Highline' models top the Transporter range. Here, buyers get a leather multifunction steering wheel, a heated windscreen, an automatic driving light control, daytime running lights and 16-inch Clayton alloy wheels. 'Highline' models also come with front fog lights with cornering function and a Thatcham Category 1-approved alarm as standard.