Volkswagen Transporter Kombi Trendline 2.0 TDI 140PS SWB
What is it?
AS Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ best-selling model in the UK – and worldwide – the VW Transporter needs little introduction.
It slots neatly between the Caddy and the Crafter in the Volkswagen van range. And boy, does it have history: production began in 1950 and the vehicle is now in its fifth generation. More than 10 million Transporters have been produced since 1950.
The latest generation T5 was launched in Europe in September 2009.
Owing to high demand for the ‘Kombi pack’ on the previous Transporter window van, Volkswagen now offers a stand alone Kombi model.
The Kombi provides the flexibility of a panel van with seats for five as standard or, with the optional dual passenger seat, up to six people.
Rear passengers have a sliding window in the side door and panel on opposite side, but the side panel behind them remains solid. It has a rear tailgate with heated rear window and wash/wiper, but this can be ordered without window, or with hinged wing doors (with or without windows).
The VW Transporter Kombi is a handsome piece of kit with sleek looks and bags of style, both inside and out.
The cab is comfortable and, with an extra row of seats behind and no bulkhead to separate the loadspace, the interior feels spacious and is more akin to a quality MPV than a van.
In common with its standard Transporter stablemate, the driving position is first class with excellent visibility. Controls are precise and instruments are well designed and clear. It’s unmistakably all Volkswagen.
The 140hp version of the 2.0-litre TDI engine is very responsive with 340Nm of torque. It’ll zip the Transporter quickly up to speed and on to a top speed of 108mph if you’re anywhere where that’s safe and legal.
It’s also settled in the handling department and rides well on front strut-type, independent suspension, rear mini-block springs with telescopic shock absorbers.
The VW Transporter Kombi is well served for standard equipment with a list that includes Bluetooth, cruise control and rear parking sensors.
The Trendline spec test model has additions that include climate control, leather covered steering wheel, gear knob and gaiter, 16in alloys and front fog lights.
There’s an impressive list of safety features too including ABS, EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution), ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme), EDL (Electronic Differential Lock), traction control and hill hold assist.
But how practical is it as a load carrier?
In terms of cargo space, the Kombi offers the versatility of a crew cab with the option to fold the rear seat row forward.
The load length with all seats in place is 1339mm. With seats folded this increases to 2353mm and the seats can also be removed altogether giving a maximum space load length of 2570mm.
- It oozes style inside and out – such good looks can’t fail to do credit to your business.
- Overall quality feel with an excellent cab, controls and instruments.
- Impressive list of standard equipment.
- Smooth, torquey engine.
- Three years/100,000-mile warranty.
- Added bonus of using the Kombi as civilised off-duty transport at weekends.
- Despite its stylish lines, it doesn’t beat the new Transit for up-to-the-minute looks.
Business Vans verdict
If a van that’s quick, comfortable and capable – and can carry up to six – is what your business needs, then you should beat a path to your Volkswagen dealership for a test drive of the Transporter Kombi.
And, if that weren’t enough, the Kombi offers the added bonus of being able to enjoy the vehicle as comfortable family transport at weekends, but remember that private usage will make you liable to company van tax.
The VW Transporter was voted our Business Van of the Year in January. Read more here.
What you need to know
|On the road price ex VAT (as tested):||£22,910|
|Load length (rear seats up/down/removed:||1339/2353/2570mm|
|Load width (max):||1692mm|
|Load height (max):||1410mm|
|Load capacity:||5.8 cubic m|
|Towing capacity braked/unbraked:||2200kg/750kg|
|Engine:||2.0-litre 4-cyl diesel|