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The VW Transporter is a very old campaigner indeed in this category. Utterly dependable and flexible, and with great residuals when you want to move on

Business Vans Awards logoWHEN it came to judging the Best Large Trades Van category, the judges had an easy time deciding the winner once they knew the Volkswagen Transporter was one of the shortlisted vehicles.

Since its launch back in the 1950s, the VW Transporter has continued to lead the field in this sector.

It’s given long and faithful service to trade users and delighted its owners with superb comfort, build quality, road manners and excellent residuals.

It is the perfect large trades van because it is a full size van, yet inexpensive to buy and own, and offers generous amounts of loadspace and payload.

Volkswagen Transporter 2.0 TDI T28 Trendline SWB BlueMotion

  • Gross vehicle weight 2800kg
  • Payload: 906kg
  • Load volume: 5.8 cu m
  • Fuel economy (combined): 40.4mpg
  • CO2 emissions: 184g/km
  • Price (ex-VAT): £19,555
  • Contract hire rate (per month): £392

There is a huge range of Transporter models and specifications, including the very desirable Sportline, plus different wheelbases and roof heights to suit every need – and with BlueMotion technology there’s reduced running costs too.

There is even the convenience of DSG semi-automatic transmission, and 4MOTION all-wheel drive in case it needs to be used on difficult terrain. It is also extremely manoeuverable, with a turning circle of 11.9m (just 0.8 m bigger than a Caddy).

The Transporter variants that comply with the large trades van category weight limits are the panel van in short wheelbase and long wheelbase combined with low, medium or high roofs, with GVW of 2600, 2700, 2800 and 3000kg.

There are also other Transporter models with GVW of up to 3200 kg, including panel van, kombi, window van, chassis cabs and dropside.

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