There are times when even a 5+2 seat MPV isn’t quite enough,
and that’s when you need a Volkswagen Transporter Shuttle. Based on the same
platform as the Transporter van, it offers a choice of engines, seating
configurations and wheelbases for clubs, big families and businesses such as
hotels or chauffeur driver firms.
The Transporter’s clean, modern lines translate well to the
task of transporting people rather than goods and the Shuttle doesn’t look out
of place turning up outside a five-star hotel. Volkswagen offers both a window
van and the Shuttle option, with 4, 5, 6 and 9-seater packages. The standard
wheelbase offers a floor area of 4.3m3 while the long wheelbase has
more room for luggage with a floor area of 5.0 m3. For maximum
flexibility, seats can be removed to accommodate large loads. There are sliding
doors on both sides and the outer seats are easy-entry.
engines, with power outputs of 84PS, 102PS, 150PS and 204PS respectively. If a lot of your journeys are short urban trips you may also wish to consider the two smooth TSI petrol engines; again, both are 2.0 litres and deliver respective power outputs of 150PS and 204PS. All engines, whether petrol or diesel are fully compliant with Euro 6 emissions limits and the dual-clutch seven-speed gearbox is available for the 2.0 TSI 204PS as well as the 2.0 TDI 150PS and 204PS engines.
The Transporter Shuttle comes as standard with a 5” touchscreen, DAB+ radio and single MP3 compatible CD player, but you can upgrade to the Composition Media system with Discover Media satellite navigation. Other options well worth considering include Voice Control, App Connect (which allows you to view the screen of your smartphone on the touchscreen display) and Media Control, which allows rear seat passengers to operate the entertainment system from their smartphones via a Wi-Fi link
As with the Transporter van, the Shuttle comes with a long
list of standard safety features. Occupants are enclosed within a rigid safety
cell with crumple zones to absorb crash energy, while the chassis and
suspension are designed for stability and control. Safety systems include Front
Assist with City Emergency Braking, Driver Alert and Automatic Post-Collision
Braking System, all of which come as standard. ESP, ABS and Traction Control
keep you on your selected course. Driver and front passenger airbags are
standard and depending on your chosen seating configuration there are up to
four ISOFIX child seat mountings.
The Transporter is a modern and well-engineered platform, so not surprisingly the Shuttle feels a cut above the average van-derived people carrier. Controls and driving position are car-like and exude an air of quality while the passengers will find the Shuttle is a comfortable and refined way to travel. If you regularly carry six or more people on long journeys, you’ll find the extra space of the long wheelbase models a worthwhile investment.