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Road Test: Volkswagen Transporter

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Let’s face it, Euro 5 engine emissions are hardly top of the list of topics when talking to VW these days. However when the firm unveiled its sixth generation Transporter earlier this year, it had already announced the first Euro 6 motor to be offered.

Volkswagen went with the 102hp engine, as that has long been the popular choice in the previous generation van. It will be joined, probably slightly sooner than planned now, by EU6 versions of the 84hp motor along with new 150hp and 204hp engines, replacing the previous 140hp and 180hp models.

The 102hp powerplant still only comes with a five-speed manual gearbox, though the spread of ratios copes well with a full range of driving conditions. Volkswagen claims that the Euro 6 motor offers up to 10.2mpg more than the previous generation, a claimed 47.9mpg for this model, while cutting CO2 emissions by 45g/km to 153g/km.

This has been achieved through the use of Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) with an AdBlue additive, Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) and a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF). All T6 Transporter models now come as standard with BlueMotion Technology features such as Start/Stop, low rolling resistance tyres and regenerative braking.

The Euro 6 vans also get a 10-litre smaller fuel tank, down to 70-litres, to allow for the additional weight of the AdBlue tank and dosing system. You can order the 80-litre tank if preferred, but you will take a hit on available payload.

That said, at 1,245kg on a 3.2-tonne van, this Transporter has plenty of load carrying ability to play with, especially given that it is a Highline model that’s loaded with specification. Not that lower trim levels are particularly hard done by. All T6 Transporters come with Bluetooth, multi-function trip computer, DAB radio with five-inch touchscreen, Aux and USB connections, electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors, electric windows and a host of driver assistance systems, including Automatic Post-Collision Braking, Driver Alert, Electronic Differential Lock, ESP, Hill Hold, remote locking and a Thatcham Cat 2 immobiliser.

There is too much specification in the Highline van to list here, as indeed there should be given the fairly hefty price. Suffice to say though that the Transporter cab is a very nice place to spend the day whatever the trim level, offering a quiet, comfortable drive on any type of road.

The new dash layout looks smart, though open-fronted trays and cubbies tend to result in pens and paperwork being scattered on the cab floor before long. The A4 compartment on top of the dash could do with a cover too, to prevent reflections in the windscreen. That aside, there is little wrong with the T6 cab and few drivers will complain if asked to drive one.

There should be few complaints from the fleet office either, given the improved fuel consumption on offer and the potential residual values that Transporter continues to command.

With variable service intervals of up to 25,000 miles/two years, total cost of ownership should remain low.

 

What we think

Volkswagen may be under scrutiny at present, but the current crisis will do little to blunt the appeal of its most popular van. In Euro 6 form, Transporter has taken another step forwards.

 

specification

MODEL                       Volkswagen Transporter T32 Highline EU6 102hp

BASIC PRICE              £23,875

ENGINE                        4-cyl/1,968cc

FUEL INJECTION       Common-rail

POWER                      102hp @ 3,750rpm

TORQUE                     250Nm @ 1,500-2,750rpm             

Weights (kg)

GVW                           3,200 

KERB WEIGHT          1,955

PAYLOAD                   1,245

MAX TRAILER WEIGHT       2,200

Dimensions (mm)

LOAD SPACE LENGTH          2,572

LOAD SPACE WIDTH                        1,700

LOAD HEIGHT                       1,410

LOAD VOLUME                      5.8m3 

Cost considerations

COMBINED CO2/MPG           153g/km/47.9mpg

Oil Change                              2 yr/25,000 miles    

Warranty                               3 yr/100,000 miles         

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Road Test: Volkswagen Transporter

By / 2 years ago / Road Tests / No Comments

The latest Volkswagen Transporter may look very similar to its predecessor, but beneath the sharper exterior, with its hewn from solid lines and sparkly LED lights, the company has made some big changes. The main one of course is the arrival of Euro 6 engines, though until they become compulsory next September, the company will continue to offer the existing range of Euro 5 motors at 84hp, 102hp, 140hp and in bi-turbo form, 180hp.

However all engines now come as standard with BlueMotion Technology, including Start/Stop, regenerative braking and low rolling resistance tyres. This results in up to a 15% fuel saving compared to the previous model.

There will be a 102hp Euro 6 engine on offer from launch however, as the 102hp currently accounts for 75% of UK sales, adding £1,020 to the price. This delivers 47.9mpg against the Euro 5 engine’s 42.2mpg, dropping CO2 emissions from 176g/km to just 153g/km.

Euro 6 engines use Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR), with a 13-litre AdBlue tank accessed through the same flap as the diesel tank. To offset the additional weight of the tank and the dosing system, VW has dropped the fuel tank size from 80 to 70 litres, though the larger tank will be available as an option. Given the 15% improvement in fuel consumption, this shouldn’t have a major effect on operating range.

Next year there will also be a 150hp Euro 6 engine to replace the 140hp and the range-topping 180hp motor will become a 204hp at Euro 6. Lower powered engines have five-speed manual gearboxes, while the two more powerful engines come with a choice of six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG transmissions. The 140hp and 180hp engines can also be combined with 4Motion all-wheel drive if required.

Transporter also benefits from much of the latest technology seen in Volkswagen’s cars, with Active Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Change Assist, Automatic Post-Collision Braking and High Beam Assist all making an appearance for the first time in a Volkswagen van.

There are also Kombi double cab models, while the more car-like Caravelle and Shuttle minibus get Euro 6 engines across the board from now.

If the van looks familiar at the front, things are pretty much unchanged in the working end. Volkswagen continues to offer Transporter in two wheelbases, with three roof heights and two seating combinations, delivering load volumes of 5.8-9.3m3 and payloads of up to 1,331kg.

You can also have the Transporter in double cab Kombi configuration, with two wheelbase options and two seating layouts. Load volumes are 3.5-4.4m3, with a maximum payload of 1,224kg.

The van retains the same internal dimensions as the previous model and racking should be transferable from old to new. Volkswagen will continue to offer the vans in Startline, Trendline and Highline trim levels, with a UK-specific Sportline expected to join the line-up later.

All models now come with Bluetooth, DAB with a five-inch touchscreen and

USB connectivity.

What we think

Despite the similar looks the new Transporter is heavily revised beneath the skin. A host of driver assistance tech and a cleaner, more powerful driveline should keep demand high.

Specification

MODEL                       T28 102hp Trendline SWB Euro 6     

BASIC PRICE              £21,175

ENGINE                        4-cyl/1,968cc

FUEL INJECTION       Common-rail

POWER                      102hp @ 3,000–3,750rpm

TORQUE                     250Nm @ 1,500–2,500rpm          

Weights (kg)

GVW                           2,800

KERB WEIGHT          1,887

PAYLOAD                   913

MAX TRAILER WEIGHT       2,200

Dimensions (mm)

LOAD SPACE LENGTH          2,572

LOAD SPACE WIDTH                        1,700

LOAD SPACE HEIGHT           1,410

LOAD VOLUME                      4.3m3 

Cost considerations

COMBINED CO2/MPG           175g/km/42.2 mpg

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