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Volkswagen Crafter Low Loader

April 20th, 2023

The Volkswagen Crafter Low Loader at a glance

The Volkswagen Crafter first hit the market in 2006, adding to the Volkswagen range of commercial vehicles that includes iconic models such as the Transporter and Caddy. It is the largest van in the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles fleet and also comes in an all-electric variant, the e-Crafter.

There are a few different body types of the Volkswagen Crafter, but today we will be focusing on the Luton Low Loader, a Luton van with a tail lift attached. A Luton van is a style of commercial vehicle that has a fully enclosed body that extends over the cab. Originally designed to accommodate straw hats, it is now an extremely popular choice for companies in a variety of industries.

Here at Van Sales UK, we sell a variety of vans in all sorts of body types and have put together this helpful guide on the Volkswagen Crafter Luton Low Loader, including what types of jobs and industries it is best suited for.

Engines and Spec

The Volkswagen Crafter Luton Low Loader has a lightweight design, powered by a 2.0-litres TDi diesel engine that can produce 130hp. The lightweight design comes from being constructed from materials such as aluminium and GRP, allowing the gross vehicle weight to be reduced for an increased payload.

It is capable of transporting nearly 900 kg with a manual transmission and only slightly less with an automatic transmission. Luton vans are commonly used in the removals business, and you can see why with their innovative design and ability to transport items safely. Lashing rails can be used in this vehicle to ensure everything is secure, so a business that transports fragile goods is an ideal choice for this type of vehicle.

The low loader aspect of the vehicle will be very beneficial to certain industries. A low loader, also known as a tail lift, is a tool that allows workers to easily and safely load and unload goods onto a van. The lift is simply loaded and then can be raised or lowered in the desired direction. This helps get heavy objects in and out of the van with ease, preventing injury from lifting or the risk of damage from potentially dropping something.

One thing the vehicle lacks is fuel economy, only reaching between 24 to 28 mpg. So if you are concerned about fuel costs, this might not be the ideal van for you. However, the payload is extremely impressive, even being able to tow up to 3000 kg without a payload.


Inside the Low Loader has a very modern design, with plenty of storage space. This includes large door bins, a sizable glove box and a lower dash tray for longer items.  As the cab is fairly comfortable and modern, it is a great place to work out of if you are part of a business that has to work from anywhere, easily doubling as a mobile office when needed.

It comes with a bunch of advanced features installed that will help improve a driver’s experience on the road. This includes an innovative front assist with emergency braking system, that will help detect when a vehicle is too close to you and prepare the vehicle for braking, and even partially apply the brakes to minimise the chance of collision.

Pros & Cons


  • Easy to load and unload
  • Heavy payload
  • Innovative features


  • Only one interior trim
  • Fuel efficiency needs improvement.

The Verdict

So if you’re looking for a van that is perfect for carrying a high amount of goods while also keeping them fully protected, shop for the Volkswagen Crafter Luton Low Loader today from Van Sales UK. The tail lift allows you to easily load and unload heavy items, which is extremely beneficial for a busy worker who will frequently be taking things out of the back and loading others into it.

Why shop with Van Sales UK? Well, we can offer you free fast delivery on our vans nationwide, so you can get the van you want at a convenient time. All of our paperwork is done online, so you don’t even have to wait for contracts to bounce back and forth. Customers also keep coming back to Van Sales UK time after time due to the number of finance packages we have on offer to help you get a van. This includes zero deposit finance, contract hire and leasing. We even offer part exchange!

So if you’d like to get your hands on a Volkswagen Crafter Low Loader, or any of our hundreds of amazing vans, get in touch with us today.


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