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Tuesday 2 September 2014

Volkswagen Transporter (pre-2010) Buyers' Guide


£15,080 – £26,430 
Available as Engine options Volume (m³) Payload (kg) MPG
Van, 4x4, Chassis Cab
Crew Cab, Dropside, Minibus
Refrigerated
1.9TD 84/102hp
2.5TD 130/174hp
4.3 – 9.3 802 – 1,351 TBA 
Our Verdict
Transporter is well designed and built, adaptable and is available with an excellent choice of TDi engines; the 2.5-litre 174hp version is awesome. Transporter is a pleasure to drive thanks to its user-friendly cab ergonomics and comes very highly recommended.

Transporter-2009-BG1Currently in its fifth generation and launched in late 2003, the Volkswagen Transporter remains a stalwart of the UK’s light commercial scene.
Available as a panel van, crew or double-crew cab, that’s “Kombi” in Volkswagen-speak, various people-shifters and even a 4x4, it comes in a choice of short- or long-wheelbase. The former can be had with a low or medium roof height while the latter also adds a high roof option.

Spanning 2.8 to 3.2 tonne gross vehicle weights, Transporter offers load space of 5.9m3 to 8.4m3 and its gross payload potential ranges from 795 to 1,245 kilograms.

Transporter-2009-BG2There are 4 engine options and each is a turbocharged diesel injection unit. The two four cylinder 1.9-litre TDi’s are rated at 84 and 102 horse power and develop peak torque of 199 and 250 Newton metres respectively. Move up to the two 2.5-litre five cylinder engines, and the power outputs rise to 130 and 174 horse power giving 340 and 400 Newton metres of peak torque.



All of the engines are tried and tested, and for shear performance we cannot recommend the 2.5-litre versions highly enough. Having said that, the 1.9’s don’t disappoint and are ideal for around-town, stop/start driving and short distance motorway work.

Hydraulic power steering is standard and the front wheels are driven via a five-speed manual gearbox in the 1.9’s and a six-speeder in the 2.5’s. Independent suspension and disc brakes feature all-round and ABS is standard on all models.


Transporter-2009-BG3Transporter’s handling is safe and predictable with good feedback from the steering and the ride is well up to par, even with a light load on board.

The cab was completely redesigned for this generation of Transporter with the most obvious difference being the appearance of a dash-mounted gearstick. The fascia though slab-like and functional houses a standard fit radio/CD player, has a deep, lidded and lockable glovebox and there are additional storage bins in the doors. Cup-holders are found in a pull-out tray which also contains the sole 12v power socket.

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