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Paul Gannon said on 20 2012







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Volkswagen Transporter 2.0 T28 TDI 102PS Van

Stick almost any car driver in a new modern van and it will only be a of time before they their eyebrows and exclaim well worn phrase just like driving a Until now, I would dismissed this as exaggeration: all, a van is not a car, it is a commercial Normally, a van compromises ride with load carrying as sometimes it is running light and running very heavy, at the upper limits of its capacity. But the Transporters have been both inside and out and designed much with the comfort and of the driver in mind, although be hard put to spot the difference the old model and the new one. That’s the external changes are low-key; the big are under the metal.

At a glance

Now in its fifth generation, the changes to the Transporter are subtle, a modest reworking of the front of the and the rear lights. Best as elegantly functional, a large bumper moulding covers the end and corners topped by the current VW design grill. A one piece / indicator cluster adds to the appearance while the bonnet up to meet the large, steeply windscreen. Round the back, are new rear lamp clusters, a loading bay and a choice of single or doors. It comes in two body and three roof heights, and all come with a handy door that opens enough to fit a euro pallet Two styles of alloy wheel are for owners who feel the need to their Transporter a final, touch.

Engines and spec.

we are looking at the Volkswagen Transporter T28 TDI wheelbase range. These are the expensive Transporters and the models sell in the most significant The 1.9-litre TDI engine in our test has an 8-valve 4-cylinder configuration and is in 84 and 102PS guises. Volkswagen’s effective Pumpe Duse is used instead of the common-rail set-up favoured by most It’s a direct injection using a separate injector for each cylinder and offering distinct advantages such as an compact and lightweight engine with higher injection than the best common-rail can currently muster. This the fuel is burned cleaner and efficiently, producing optimum and fuel economy.

Optional extras include to secure loads to, a rubberised mat which provides grip, and you can stick with the standard van or you can have an optional lift up

At the wheel

Sorry to labour the but getting into the latest VW is almost like being in a Internally, there’s a new three-spoke wheel, revised seats, a new cluster, redesigned air conditioning and updated radios and sat navs. The rimmed steering wheel good on first grasp and the steering has taken the weight out of the without destroying the feel for the It’s good to see that the have been upgraded, white-on-black graphics remarkable for clarity even in bright The new radio/CD players and satellite systems are to be welcomed too.

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Drivers will be pleased to a raft of storage options for and ends, including a lockable box, and the whole ambience has distinct air of Volkswagen quality it. The gear stick sprouts the centre console, as is the fashion at the and it falls nicely to hand and is a to use. As are the controls on the gently facia, which are simple to out and manipulate without diverting from the road ahead. You easily imagine you are in a people from the top of the VW passenger car range, is the refinement and measured simplicity of the The dash mounted gearshift is tactile, slotting positively the ‘box when changes are The pedals, too, offer a touch underfoot, unlike generations of LCV where snatchy brakes and strong throttle provided a constant reminder drivers were at the wheel of a vehicle.

On the road

Good though the Transporter’s interior is, the crowning in this van’s make-up has to be its on the road. Even without a on board to appease the heavy-duty the ride is exemplary and the steering is weighted. The squeaks, creaks, or hums that seem to into commercial vehicles been successfully banished in the of the Transporter and the engine noise is well suppressed. There’s a solid feeling about the suggesting that, like its this model will run and

The 102bhp version we drove easily on dual carriageways, with a load on board the acceleration is slightly blunted and top speed struggles to get beyond The Transporter’s ride is impressive, out major potholes and speed so that any cargo gets a ride. Heavy, bulky do affect the handling though no than you would expect of any van this size.

VW is marketing the Transporter with a of optional safety features, as Side Assist. Using in the exterior mirror housing, it the driver if he risks hitting, a car hidden in his blind spot changing lanes on a motorway or carriageway. It will also the driver if he is about to pull the path of a vehicle approaching from the rear. If the driver have to brake suddenly, a safety feature ensures the brake lights flash to alert following vehicles. the Transporter has stopped, the hazard lights come on automatically.


As you would expect of a Volkswagen, quality is excellent and the Transporter enjoys some of the best values in its class. Overall, we the Volkswagen Transporter is an extremely van and many go on to cover huge and resale values are generally as befits a high quality brand. It’s easy to cheap to run, and there’s an of four-wheel drive.

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journalist Adrian Foster has commissioned to write impartial van and up reviews for our website, specifically to with your decision process. We have provided him a van and the spec and nothing more, so you can on his views being real and

Adrian began his career in the retail industry with Group before turning his to motoring journalism. He launched the motoring press agency as a of providing high quality on new cars, commercial vehicles, and the motor industry at large.

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