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Volkswagen Kombi first review

What is it?

You already it’s the Kombi, the classic van from Volkswagen that’s around since 1950. And still in production in 2012 in at a rate of 251 units per day and on sale in America markets. In Brazil, cost you 48,150 Real, works out at around £14,800.

The hasn’t really changed a lot the years: it’s still and rear-drive, has a sliding side to enter the nine-seat cabin in rows of three, and the looks been messed with, the being a large black at the front.

What has changed is the which is a 1.4-litre water-cooled adapted to run on both petrol and or a combination of both, something crucial in the Brazilian market. The is a version of the normally aspirated petrol VW sells in the UK in the Polo. The is hooked up to a four-speed manual

What is it like?

If you want to it objectively, it is terrible to drive: the feels completed disconnected the wheels, the gearbox is more a number generator than a mechanical link you feel in of, and when driven without any in the back it feels inherently when confronted with the of bends.

But then, the Kombi the kind of car you can look at objectively. Few capture your heart in the way it climb the step into the and it’s instantly got you under its

The front bench offers a view of the road, and front is excellent. The whole cabin light and airy, and its simplicity and of use is refreshing.

A steering wheel, light switch, cigarette indicator and headlight stalks, a lever to open or close all the air a handbrake and a gearlever are all the things the can control. There’s not a radio, air-conditioning system, a switch to the ESP off (there’s not even ABS, let ESP) or fancy infotainment in sight. But although there’s a for your biscuits, there are no cup in the door skins for your full of tea. And you can have it in any as long as it’s white.

Although the less said the gearbox the better, the engine is good. It’s strong and and feels more than enough to transport the Kombi it be fully loaded up with Brazilian extended family. up the tank with pure rather than petrol or a of the two and you’ll be rewarded with an 2bhp and 2lb ft from the 1.4, and you cut the 0-62mph time by half a in the process.

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The ride is also compliant. There’s plenty of travel and there is never a tendency to send shockwaves the cabin. Brazilian roads have speed bumps the of Ben Nevis, and not even these knock the Kombi off course.

Should I buy one?

Well, you live in Brazil or elsewhere in America you won’t be able to buy a new one a Volkswagen dealer. There are importing them into and sending them elsewhere in the EU there, or you can import one yourself and try for type approval. But be prepared to pay far than the £14,800 a Brazilian would sell you for.

if you do decide to take the plunge, act the Kombi is set to finally go out of production on 31 2013 due to incoming legislation will prevent cars no driver or passenger airbags or ABS being sold in Brazil. And to do for the Kombi would require an “entirely new car”, according to one of Brazilian bosses.


The Kombi is perhaps the last one of the classics you can buy new. When finally driven off to the museum, be sorely missed.

Volkswagen Standard 1.4 (running on E100 fuel)

Price £14,800; 16.1sec; Top speed 80mph; na; CO2 na; Kerb weight 1259kg; 4 cyls, 1390cc, Total (petrol and ethanol compatible); 79bhp at 4800rpm; Torque ft at 3500rpm; Gearbox 4spd

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