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Volkswagen Transporter Van Review

Volkswagen Transporter Van Review
October 28th, 2022

The Volkswagen Transporter Van at a glance

The Volkswagen Transport Van has undergone several updates since it was originally launched in 2015 by the reputable German vehicle manufacturer Volkswagen.

The sixth-generation Volkswagen Transporter has been around since September 2015 and has proven itself as a star turn for VW in a competitive mid-size panel van market. It is now Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ most popular model, by a considerable margin, and is the second-bestselling medium van in the UK, available in a dazzling array of variants.

It continues to have an image and reputation that few rivals in the medium van sector can match, and attracts both business and lifestyle users.

The Volkswagen Transport van is available with a well-respected 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine offering a wide choice of outputs from 84hp right up to 204hp.

The highly-sought after van is available on Van Sales UK for £309 + VAT. While it isn’t the cheapest medium van on the market, VW claims that total life costs are among the best in the medium van marketplace.

Read on to hear our thoughts on the popular medium van as we cover the engines and specs, interior, and pros and cons of this reputable medium-sized van.

Engines and Spec

The Volkswagen Transporter van has several options when it comes to the engine. The original Volkswagen Transporter boats an impressive 2.0 litre TDI turbodiesel engine, offering a wide choice of outputs from 84hp right up to 204 hp. All Volkswagen Transporter engines now meet the Euro 6d emissions standards.

As well as enabling a raft of active safety systems, the switch to electric power steering in the Transporter 6.1 from the old hydraulic set-up also helps cut fuel consumption.

To help meet those emissions standards, every engine features Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology, which uses injections from a 13-litre onboard AdBlue tank to clean the exhaust emissions. VW’s BlueMotion Technology (BMT) kit is also standard, adding start/stop technology, regenerative braking and low rolling resistance tyres.

One of the key strengths of the Transporter T6.1 is its composed handling. The steering is relatively precise through corners and offers excellent straight-line stability when you’re on the motorway.

Keep reading to discover the interior of the Volkswagen Transporter van.


As you’d expect in a van, the Volkswagen Transporter’s interior plastics are hard, rugged and well-screwed together. However, this particular vehicle boasts touches of luxury, such as its smooth, leather-wrapped steering wheel and overall classy look.

The interior of the Transporter 6.1 has been dramatically improved, with a completely new dashboard, new seat finishes and new door cards. Available with a choice of two infotainment systems in the UK – Composition Colour and Discover Media – the way the central screen is now integrated into the dashboard looks extra slick.

The Composition Colour system can also mirror your smartphone, allowing you to use some apps on the move.

Connectivity is also a big part of the T6.1’s appeal, as all models now come with a fully integrated SIM card. This opens up a wide range of online functions via VW’s We Connect or We Connect Plus systems, such as eCall, online route planning, remote locking and even info on filling stations and car parks.

Build quality is strong throughout the Transporter cabin with tough plastics that look like they can withstand plenty of punishment.

Electric windows, central locking and heated electrically adjustable wing mirrors are standard, while the driver’s seat has height, lumbar, reach and rake adjustments. There’s also a 230-volt socket next to the driver’s seat and, when specified, a lockable compartment sitting under the double bench seat on the passenger side.

Pros & Cons


  • Modern interior
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Strong engines


  • Lack of storage space in the cab
  • Costs more than rivals

The Verdict

Overall, the Volkswagen Transport is a super-premium medium-sized van worth considering. If you’re among the Volkswagen enthusiasts out there, we can’t think of a better choice on the market right now.

While it might be slightly pricier than its rivals, the distinctive looks, strong engines, and great performance make it easier to justify.

The Transporter is a highly sophisticated product with technology and comfort levels that set that standard in the class. The engines are a little noisy and legroom for taller drivers and passengers could be better but there’s little else to fault. The Transporter doesn’t come cheap but businesses will benefit from its robust residual values when the time comes to sell on.

If you’re looking to find out more about what the Volkswagen Transporter Van has to offer, this vehicle is available on Van Sales UK at £309 + VAT. If you have any questions or queries about this luxurious medium-sized van, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of our helpful team here today. We are always on hand to answer any questions and point you in the right direction.


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