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Volkswagen Transporter Kombi Review

April 20th, 2023

The Volkswagen Transporter Kombi at a glance

The Volkswagen Transporter is undoubtedly one of the most recognised names in van history. With production dating all the way back to 1950, its long-standing reputation for quality, practicality and versatility have allowed it to maintain its status as the second bestselling medium van in the UK. Whilst there are many different models and variants, , each with their own merits, this review will touch upon the Kombi – a medium-sized panel van with two rows of seats.

The Kombi model of the Volkswagen Transporter range has enough space for six passengers, making it an excellent choice for businesses who need to frequently transport a small team around. The Kombi also features an ample load compartment that can be used for carrying heavy equipment or materials. The ability to get both crew members and cargo from A to B in one journey is naturally beneficial to workers in a multitude of trades, including construction workers, cleaners and carpenters.

To find out more about what the Volkswagen Transporter Kombi has to offer, as well which industries it is best suited to, keep reading.

Engines and Spec

Beneath the bonnet of the Transporter Kombi, you will find the same 2.0-litre TDI turbo diesel engines that are fitted across the T6.1 Transporter range. Drivers can choose between a wide range of power outputs, from 84hp all the way up to 204hp. Although the lower range models pack enough of a punch for city driving and hauling around a top-end load, they tend to struggle when you get out on the motorway. On the other hand, the most powerful 204hp engine is impressively fast and great for days when you find yourself having to zip between job sites.

A revised steering system in the T6.1 range – which switches from traditional hydraulic power assistance to a more modern electromechanical assistance system – makes steering feel at once effortless and accurate. It also enables some smart safety features and saves you a bit of fuel, thus helping your business to reduce running costs. Whilst there is certainly a bit of a noise insulation issue, the suspension does a great job of soaking up bumps. Overall, the driving experience is very comfortable, which is great news for tradespeople who frequently make long journeys.

In terms of payload, the Transport Kombi can manage a capacity of up to 1,102kg – a strong figure for a mid-sized van. If you’re an electrician, plumber or tiler, you’ll have no trouble transporting hefty supplies with ease, not to mention that you’ll be able to take your crew with you, too!


Just one of the reasons that the Volkswagen Transporter range has always been so highly regarded is down to its consistently well-designed and functional interior. When taking a look inside the cab, users will be pleased to find an abundance of storage space, alongside a series of creature comforts that really add a car-like feel to this commercial vehicle. The Discover Media infotainment system is a particular standout: featuring an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple Carplay, Android Auto and satellite navigation – all of which only enhance the comfort and convenience of the driving experience for an industry professional.

Storage options in the cab are equally impressive.. There are numerous spaces to stash smaller items, as well as two lockable bins beneath the driver’s and passenger’s seats, both of which feature a 230v socket. This is a particularly handy feature, as it means that you can keep your phone safe whilst charging it at the same time – perfect for long days on the road.

Pros & Cons


  • Powerful choice of engines
  • Ample storage space
  • Comfortable driving experience


  • Poor noise insulation
  • Quite expensive compared to rivals

The Verdict

It’s clear to see how the Volkswagen Transporter has made such a name for itself over the years, and the Kombi is no exception. With enough space for the efficient transportation of both crew and cargo, alongside its many other benefits, it’s no wonder that the Transporter Kombi is a strong contender for businesses in various industries – including construction, landscaping, cleaning and many more.

If you work in one of these professions and are interested in how the Volkswagen Transporter Kombi can benefit your business, Van Sales UK can help. All variants of the Volkswagen Transporter are available on a contract hire or finance lease basis at a highly competitive rate. All of our new Volkswagen’s come with a 3-year manufacturer’s warranty and manufacturer’s breakdown cover, and free UK delivery is included with every purchase. Get in touch with us today to find out more.


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