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Volkswagen TRANSPORTER T28 SWB DIESEL

2.0 TDI 150 Startline Business Van

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The Volkswagen Transporter has sharpened up its act in updated 6.1 model form. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Background

The Transporter story dates right back to Germany's bleak post-war era and 1949 when a Dutch vehicle importer called Ben Pon spotted workers at Volkswagen's Wolfsburg factory using a stripped-down Beetle to move parts around. Inspired, he sketched out a platform for a versatile commercial vehicle that would go on to set a template for the kind of spacious modern van we're familiar with today. That T1 Transporter sold for 17 years before a more spacious T2 model was introduced in 1967, followed by a more angular T3 version in 1979. More familiar on modern roads is the T4 design of 1990 and its replacement T5 successor of 2003. A T6 model was launched in 2015, updated to create this '6.1'-series model in late-2019. All of which should explain why the Volkswagen Transporter is pretty well established in the LCV sector, the van segment's fourth best seller overall and the second best seller in the medium sized sector, behind the Ford Transit Custom. Lots of rivals are snapping at its heels, hence the importance of this '6.1' package of updates.

Driving Experience

As usual with a Transporter, all the engines on offer are 2.0-litre four-cylinder TDI diesels, mated to either 5 or 6-speed manual gearboxes or (further up the range) DSG auto transmission. Things kick off with a base 90PS unit (upgraded from the previous 84PS output) and a 110PS powerplant (previously 102PS), these two options making up the bulk of the sales. The mid-range 150PS unit, like those two base variants, gets the latest Euro6d-Temp efficiency modifications and if that's not powerful enough, there's also a top twin turbo 199PS unit. With the two highest outputs, there's the option of 7-speed DSG auto transmission and 4MOTION 4WD, the latter in place of the standard front-wheel-drive set-up. There's also now an all-electric version, the ABT eTransporter 6.1 which has a 110PS power output, a 0-62mph time of 17.4s and a driving range of 82 miles. Perhaps the key change in the standard range is the switch to electromechanical steering (like the rack used in the brand's larger Crafter LCV), which makes possible new safety systems like Crosswind assist and Lane-keeping Assist. Passenger Multivan versions gain a redesigned front suspension system as part of the '6.1' update package. Road noise is still a little intrusive at higher speeds. But we continue to like this Transporter model's smooth ride, which avoids the kind of over-soft bounciness that afflicts many similar vans, especially over typically broken urban surfaces.

Design and Build

This improved Transporter 6.1 model looks a sharper proposition, but not by much. There's a new front grille and bumper - actually, everything below the bonnet line has been restyled, plus the headlamps are narrower and now more seamlessly merge with the grille crossbar. And at the wheel? Well you'll look in vain for soft-touch surfaces, but then you wouldn't expect that kind of thing on a van. Despite this, the Transporter continues to offer the smartest-feeling interior in the segment, courtesy of a completely redesigned cabin that aims to deliver in terms of both style and functionality. The '6.1' model update changes are subtle. There's a choice of two centre-dash infotainment screens, measuring either 6.5 or 8.0 inches, and there's 'Apple CarPlay'/'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring. As options, you can now specify a wireless 'phone charger and a fully digital instrument cluster. Cabin storage is a little better than before, with a reshaped area on top of the dash, plus the door trims have been reshaped to allow for greater stowage space. On top of the dash, there are cupholders to the far left and the far right, though they're rather shallower than we would like. In between lie a whole variety of different storage areas, though it's a little annoying that few of them are deep enough to stop small items flying out during really spirited motoring.

Market and Model

Excluding VAT, Transporter pricing started from just under £23,000 and for panel vans stretches up to around £38,000, with all variants based around some sort of 2.0 TDI engine. The core range is based around 'Startline' and 'Highline' trim levels, with a choice of short or long wheelbase body shapes. With 'Startline' trim, there's a base short wheelbase 'T26' variant with the 90PS powerplant, but otherwise, at each trim level you get the two body lengths spread between 'T28', 'T30' and 'T32' models, with the core 90, 110 and 150PS engine options. The 'T30' and 'T32' variants with 'Highline' trim can also be ordered with the twin turbo 199PS diesel unit. As usual there's also a Kombi crew van body style with a second row of seats and much the same range of variants on offer. Many Transporter buyers will want to find just over £1,000 (ex Vat) more for the extra cost 'Business Pack', which gives you Climatic air conditioning, rear parking sensors and an anti-theft alarm with interior monitoring. As for standard equipment, well even base 'Startline'-spec gets you a 6.5-inch centre-dash infotainment touchscreen with Volkswagen's 'AppConnect' system. This infotainment package includes two USB ports, smartphone pairing and integration capability for the company's 'We Connect' and 'We Connect Plus' connectivity features, plus the emergency eCall function. Some will want to upgrade to the brand's 'Discover Media' 8-inch screen with navigation. As for safety kit, well Crosswind assist is standard, Active Lane Assist is optional and 'Highline' spec includes Adaptive cruise control.

Practicalities and Costs

The key practicality change with this '6.1' model is the addition of a load-through bulkhead hatch, allowing you to push longer items like ladders through into the cabin. This allows operators to take items of up to 400mm greater length without having to put them on the roof or have them poking out the rear doors. Cargo bay length is 2572mm in a short wheelbase variant (a little longer than a Transit Custom) or 2975mm in a long wheelbase model (a little shorter than that Ford can offer). Interior roof heights measure in at 1410mm for the standard roof shape, 1626mm of height for the medium roof models and 1940mm of height for the high roof versions. Load volumes range from 5.8m3 to 9.3m3. The maximum useable width across the load area is 1175mm, while the width between the rear wheel arches is 1244mm. The payload capacity ranges from 685kg to a maximum of 1217kg. Running costs are of course very competitive. A typical 2.0 TDI 150PS T32 DSG model returns 34.4mpg (combined WLTP) and 158g/km of CO2 (NEDC). The ABT eTransporter 6.1 full-electric version can be charged via a 7.2kW wallbox in five and a half hours. Across the range, there's the usual three year/100,000 mile warranty.

Summary

As every business knows, the cheapest option isn't always the most cost-effective one. In the medium-sized Mercedes Vito and Vivaro-class van sector, this Transporter is a perfect example of that. There are certainly cheaper alternatives, but few of them can match this Volkswagen's build quality or its residual values. The changes made to this updated 6.1 model are useful - primarily the helpful load-through hatch and the upgraded safety tech. But as usual with a Tansporter, what you'll most remember after spending time with one is its quality feel. Overall, it says a lot that often on the move, you forget you're in a van at all. But then, this is a Transporter, part of the most enduring model line the commercial vehicle industry has ever seen and a vehicle with a greater history of development than any other in its segment. More efficient engines and extra technology have built upon that legacy, cementing this VW model's proposition in its sector and underlining this product's importance for potential business customers. It all means that, like the vehicle itself, this Volkswagen's market proposition remains as solid as ever.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeManual
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeDiesel
Fuel Efficiency
Fuel Efficiency42.80mpg
Emissions
Emissions174.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed113mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • Cross wind assist
  • Dimmable illuminated instruments
  • Driver alert with Multi-function display plus
  • eCall emergency system
  • Electromechanical speed sensitive power steering, height and longitudinally adjustable steering column
  • Forward collision warning front assist with autonomous emergency braking
  • Mobile phone interface
  • Multi function display plus with black and white display

Entertainment

  • 2 USB interfaces type C in dashboard
  • 4 speakers with 2 tweeters and 2 woofers
  • Composition colour radio with 6.5" touchscreen
  • Digital radio reception (DAB+)
  • Volkswagen app connect

Exterior Features

  • 4 stages windshield wiper intermittent control for windshield wipers
  • Closing rear wing door with unlatching from the inside
  • Green tinted heat insulating glass in cab and passenger compartment
  • H7 twin halogen headlamps
  • Heat insulating windshield made of laminated glass
  • Left convex exterior mirror
  • Rear wing doors without window apertures
  • Right convex exterior mirror
  • Separate Daytime running lights
  • Sliding door on the left in load/passenger compartment
  • Transporter nameplate on the rear fender
  • Unpainted radiator grille with 2 chrome trims
  • Without sliding door on the right in load/passenger compartment with closed side panel
  • Without trailer hitch

Interior Features

  • 1 12V outlet in dashboard
  • 3 spoke leather wrapped multi function steering wheel
  • Comfort headliner in cab, hardboard roof trim in passenger and load compartment
  • Dust/pollen filter
  • Folding grab handles on roof frame
  • Front and rear left without window closed side panel in load compartment
  • Front seats on the right in 1st row of seat
  • Glove compartment with illumination
  • High partition
  • Interior plastic loading edge protection
  • LED Interior lighting in load and passenger compartment
  • Medium height side trim panel made of hardboard in load compartment
  • Reinforced lashing rings for load restraint system
  • Standard lower part dashboard in palladium
  • Sun visors with pocket on driver side and airbag label on front passenger side
  • Without breakaway interior rear view mirror
  • Without grab handle for access on A pillar
  • Without refrigerant
  • Without right side window apertures in passenger and load compartment

Packs

  • Non smoker pack - Transporter
  • Without storage pack - Transporter

Safety

  • 3 point height adjustable seat belts on outer seats cab with electric pretensioners
  • Driver and front passenger airbag with front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Single tone horn
  • Warning buzzer and light for driver seat belt not fastened
  • Without child safety lock in passenger compartment

Security

  • Central locking system with radio remote control and inside system controls
  • Electronic immobiliser
  • Wheel bolts without wheel locks

Technical

  • 16" chassis with 16" brake system
  • Diesel particulate filter
  • Electronic stability control, ABS, ASR with deactivation button, electronic differnetial lock, hill start assist and brake assist system
  • Standard anti drum measures
  • Start/stop system with regenerative breaking

Wheels

  • Low rolling resistance tyres - 205/65 R16 C 107/105T

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • CO2
    174
  • HC
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    197
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max
    224
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min
    197

Engine and Drive Train

  • Automatic Transmission
    No
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1968
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Engine Make
    Not Available
  • Fuel Delivery
    COMMON RAIL
  • Fuel Type
    DIESEL
  • Gears
    6 SPEED
  • Manual Transmission
    Yes
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Valve gear
    DOHC

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC
    No
  • EC Combined
    42.8
  • EC Extra Urban
    48.7
  • EC Urban
    35.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    7.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    8.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    7.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
    8.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
    6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
    8.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    7.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    37.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
    33.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
    37.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High
    34
  • WLTP - MPG - High
    43.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Low
    33.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    39.8

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicles safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    2.0
  • Badge Power
    150
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    Not Available
  • Coin Gross Vehicle Weight Code
    Not Available
  • Coin Power Output Code
    Not Available
  • Coin Series
    Not Available
  • Coin Wheelbase Description Code
    Not Available
  • Coin Wheelbase Name Code
    Not Available
  • Exhaust System
    CATALYTIC CONVERTER
  • Front Brakes
    VENTILATED DISCS
  • Front Suspension
    MCPHERSON STRUTS
  • Ghost model for valuation purposes
    No
  • Hand Brake
    REAR WHEELS
  • Insurance Group 1
    Not Available
  • Insurance Group 2
    Not Available
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Rear Brakes
    VENTILATED DISCS
  • Rear Suspension
    COIL SPRINGS
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Steering
    PAS RACK AND PINION
  • This vehicle is classed as a car for VED purposes
    No
  • VAT qualifying vehicle - Seek advice from HMRC
    No
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    N1
  • Vin/Frame No.
    Not Available

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    6.9
  • BHP
    150
  • Engine Power KW
    110
  • Top Speed
    113

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    No
  • Automatic Clutch
    No
  • Plated 3rd Axle
    Not Available
  • Plated 4th Axle
    Not Available
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Make
    Not Available
  • Tyre Size Front
    205/65 R16
  • Tyre Size Rear
    205/65 R16
  • Tyre Size Spare
    FULL SIZE
  • Wheel Style
    Not Available
  • Wheel Type
    16" STEEL

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Front Overhang
    908
  • Height
    1978
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4904
  • Load Height
    1410
  • Load Length
    2572
  • Rear Overhang
    993
  • Wheelbase
    3000

Weight and Capacities

  • Boot Capacity Saloons
    Not Available
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    70
  • Gross Train Weight
    5200
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2800
  • Load Space Volume
    5.8
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 2nd Row Seats Removed
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 2nd Row Seats Up
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Down
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Removed
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Up
    Not Available
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    2500
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1917
  • No. of Seats
    3
  • Payload
    883
  • Plated 2nd Axle
    1550
  • Plated Front Axle
    1600
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Customer Reviews

   
Julie Judge

Julie Judge

"Excellent Service I would definitely recommend. Scott and Holly have been outstanding. Thank you so much I love my new car!!."

"a week ago"

Sean Annells

Sean Annells

"First class service from start to finish. Great communication and very competitive on pricing. Always wanted to help and nothing was to much trouble. Tom always replied to my emails as soon as he could and always went the extra mile to answer my questions. Would definitely recommend Silverstone Fleet to anyone."

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"The whole team at SFM have been great from start to finish! Aby talked me through lots of options before I finally made a choice and ordered. Holly has kept me updated through out and been on hand to answer any questions I have had. Scott also spent time with me and rid me of my range anxiety going across to a full EV. I would highly recommend getting in touch with SFM for any of your car needs."

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