Transporter T28 2.0 102 SWB Trendline
NVS Verdict: The Transporter is simply the most iconic van in the world. Some 12 million of them have been sold since launch in 1950 – and judging by Britain’s holiday roads, half of them still seem to be running!
What is it?
VW claims the Transporter is the second most popular commercial van in the UK and the new one features a raft of updates to improve efficiency, comfort and equipment levels over previous generations.
The T6 comes with four Euro 6 2.0-litre diesel engines that offer 84psi, 102psi, 150psi and 204psi outputs.
All Transporter engines are equipped with VW’s BlueMotion technology modifications as standard, which means low rolling resistance tyres, regenerative braking and Start/Stop systems to reduce fuel consumption.
As a result the 102psi engine returns 47.9mpg (a 10.2mpg improvement over the previous) and emits 153g/km (a reduction of 45g/km). The vans come with five and six-speed manual gearbox and a seven-speed DSG automatic as standard.
A new 6.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system has been installed, which uses proximity sensors to switch between ‘display’ and ‘input’ modes. This basically means that when you move your hand close to the screen, options come up for you to touch. If your hand isn't close-by, a larger map is displayed as the options aren't required.
It also doubles as a mobile phone interface, allowing access to the vehicle’s antenna and USB ports. The Transporter’s navigation systems are equipped with Car-Net's Guide & Inform services to provide rapid data access, so it should be one of the quicker systems out there.
We are still looking to find fault - we may have to come back to you…. but don't hold your breath.
Structurally, not much seems to have changed on the Volkswagen Transporter T6 but the advancements in safety and fuel economy will be a welcome to change to a lot of operators. Volkswagen has, wisely, played it safe, as the current product is one of the firm favourites among medium van operators.
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