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Volkswagen Transporter 103 TDI Review

The VW Transporter gets a new face, but of the changes are beneath the skin.


Volkswagen’s 2010 T5 range, revamped and launched this year, looks different to the model it replaced. because most of the changes sit the skin.

The range was also back to an all-diesel line-up, but changes saw both increases in and improved fuel efficiency for the turbo-diesel options.

Cosmetically, limited things to a light of the Transporter’s exterior and cabin.

while the packaging is largely the as the old model, we found the Volkswagen van to be an exceptionally solid workhorse plenty of appeal for trade and buyers.

What’s new?

The bodywork ahead of the A-pillars has updated to be more in sync VW’s current design with a Golf-style grille and treatment being the stand-out

The bonnet and front quarterpanels are the expanses of sheetmetal to see changes for and the bumper in a raw black plastic for the utilitarian Transporter is reshaped.

The housings (which now include the antenna) are new, while the are subtly revised.

Inside a new dashboard, steering wheel and all of which are a nice update to is otherwise a very Spartan

The engine range has been revised for the MY2010 Transporter. engine has been replaced by new Euro 5 compliant turbodiesels, all of displace two litres.

Three are on offer in the 2010 Volkswagen range, ranging in output 75kW to 132kW with the motor being a 103kW

A seven-speed DSG twin-clutch automatic is now on the 103kW and 132kW models, better fuel economy a conventional auto.

Stability is also standard across the with side airbags

What’s the appeal?

Superb quality (the T5 Transporter is in Hanover Germany), good economy and decent driving all work in the Transporter’s favour. to the model it replaces, there’s a sensible spread of powertrains the petrol option disappearing the range.

With the newer, efficient engines and drivetrains now fuel economy improvements also lower the cost of

The 2010 Transporter update is inside, but still well-equipped. features does it have?

As a the Transporter isn’t overburdened mod-cons.

However, our tester equipped with a basic stereo with single-disc CD electric windows, remote locking, electric mirrors heated glass) and semi-automatic control.

Pretty spartan by standards, but it’s a decent of kit for a work vehicle.

Front and parking sensors are optional, as are wipers, dusk-sensing headlamps, a camera, 17-inch alloys, control, sat-nav, a leather-trimmed wheel, Bluetooth connectivity and a computer

What’s under the

The 103 TDI

We drove the mid-range 103 TDI, as the badge suggests, boasts from its 2.0 litre turbodiesel

Peak power arrives at and peak torque (all of it) is available between 1750 and

A six-speed manual is the default but a seven-speed DSG auto is optional the twin-clutch automatic in the commercial van in fact.

As an economy aid, all Transporters get an in-dash gearshift which suggests when the should upshift (or downshift) to efficiency.

Drive is taken to the front only (the 132 TDI can be had with AWD), and front suspension is by struts while the rear on semi-trailing arms with springs.

Disc brakes are to all four wheels, with rotors at the front and 294mm at the rear.

How does it drive?

the Transporter lives up to its reputation for and decent dynamics. For a van, it has a car-like feel to how it corners, and is pretty good.

The gearlever to hand nicely, and the high position offers good vision. Over-the-shoulder vision is not that great thanks to the sides, but the wing mirrors are and cover the Transporter’s substantial spots.

The steering is direct and and braking performance is more up to the task of stopping a fully-laden The 103kW engine is willing, and those needing to haul loads regularly would need the twin-turbocharged 132kW

On top of all that, the Transporter SWB’s metre turning circle is handy — something all and delivery drivers will

What did our passengers think?

The is a work vehicle, and as such the is a no-frills environment.

Our car was fitted the optional two-person front which sits beside the bucket seat. The centre folds down to form a table with cupholder and a writing surface, but it’s cosy with three sitting up front.

The outboard also has much less room than the driver, to the bench seat being closer to the door.

There’s no height adjustment for seat, but the driver’s pew is reasonably on a long drive. An optional driver’s seat is available, but incompatible with the optional airbag package.

Ticking the box for the bench seat also side airbags are a no-go.

An steel bulkhead separates the and passengers from the load and was fitted to our car. A fixed window is set into the bulkhead, and through the back window obstructed.

There is, of course, a lot of and reverberation from all the bare in the back, but some of it is cut out by the bulkhead.

seeking a little more and quiet can opt for the Comfort Package, brings some extra deadening for the cabin.

Interior and feel?

The new dash plastics good, but don’t have the quality feel as those in passenger car range.

Generally, the of the Transporter feels quite with thick (and rubber matting on the floor very easy to wipe The glovebox lid, however, a firm shove to latch the open position, with less just making it closed.

The all-urethane steering though is comfortable to hold a little like the Golf’s

No complaints with the rest of the hardware. The side-door slides closed with a solid and the various tie-down points in the area are very strong.


5.8 cubic metres of space is available in the base SWB Transporter

We tested the short Transporter with the standard low In this model, a grand of 5.8 cubic metres of space is in the back, and, in 103 TDI configuration, can a total payload up to 1283kg in

The floor is flat and fitted eight tie-down points. floor width is 1692mm, the gap between the rear wheelarches in at 1244mm.

All SWB Transporters have a area length of 2353mm, the standard roof offers of height.

A driver’s-side sliding is optional (power sliding are optional too), while barn-doors can be had at extra cost.

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The front bench seat has a handy stowage compartment its cushion, ideal for storing a or other personal items.

How is it?

The big news for 2010 is the addition of control to the Transporter’s list of equipment. The system also traction control and ABS along a hill-start assist feature for when heavy loads roll-back on inclines.

Dual airbags are standard, and side are optional but not with the front or height-adjustable driver’s seat. All including the centre seat on models get three-point seatbelts.

The T5 has yet to be tested by ANCAP or Euro however the 2008 model a four-star rating under NCAP crash testing.

consumption and green rating

claims a combined fuel of 7.7 l/100km for the 103TDI manual, we managed a stellar 6.3 l/100km figure during our time the car.

A lengthy highway run Melbourne to Philip Island and obviously helped, but the Transporter was put to work by us when roughly of car parts needed to be hauled one end of town to the other.

Tradies a boot full of tools and will obviously consume more than we did, but our was a sound endorsement of the Transporter’s credentials.

The government’s Green Vehicle rates the Transporter 103 TDI 6 out of 10 stars for gas emissions, and 5 out of 10 stars for air pollution. The 103 TDI an average of 203g/km of CO2.

How it compare?

Prices have down this year to it a more appealing proposition, and the ditching of an entry-level petrol the rest of the Transporter range is keenly priced.

The Vito it for safety though, flaunting a Euro NCAP rating to the VW’s four-star rating. The price point of the Benz is its though, with the Vito retailing for $1500 more the more powerful Transporter 103

Ultimately, it’s the Hyundai and Renault Trafic that the most serious competition for the 103TDI. The equivalent iLoad and models sell for just $35,000 (before on-roads), and the is significantly more powerful.

The has less overall grunt, but its rear barn doors swing through 180 degrees, no may hold greater appeal for and delivery drivers. On the downside for the is the question mark over the of the ‘robotised quick-shift’ transmission.

The a traditional favourite in the segment is no at the pointy end of the pack, costing the same as the Transporter 103 TDI yet with a less powerful engine.

All new Transporter models are sold a three-year/100,000km warranty, along a three-year paintwork warranty and a corrosion warranty.


The 2010 VW Transporter is available in a total of 15 colours, with solid colours, six metallic and one pearlescent hue.

Colours from the typical white, and silver, to brighter tones orange, red, green and

How much

The Volkswagen Transporter 103 TDI SWB we tested here costs before on-roads, with the wheelbase option adding to the retail price.

SWB models are with a slightly taller which costs an extra

Our verdict

As a work vehicle, the is very hard to fault. It may not be to compete with the Hyundai and Renault Trafic on pricing, but the more than makes up for it its quality, driving dynamics and scope for customization.

With combinations of wheelbase and cabin available, it’s easy to a Transporter that suits type of business. A lengthy of options means extra comfort or utility is always albeit at a cost.

Strong and efficient, there is a lot of appeal in T5 Transporter. You get a lot of car, and proven for the money you put down.

As the old adage you get what you pay for. That rings true with the Volkswagen Transporter.

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