Big, tough van, dropside and chassis cab with sophisticated technology
The Crafter is the biggest commercial vehicle that
Volkswagen makes, yet it features advanced technologies first developed for the
Volkswagen car range. With a wide choice of wheelbases, powertrains and
configurations it’s versatile, capacious and built for a hard-working life.
The Crafter’s new design gives it a clean, sharp look as the
big brother to the VW commercial vehicle family of Caddy, Transporter and
Crafter. It’s claimed by Volkswagen to be have the lowest aerodynamic drag of
any panel van in its class. Inside, the cab is clearly and appealingly laid
out, with plenty of stowage and a super large glovebox. There are 3.0, 3.5 and
5.0 tonne gross vehicle weight variants, called CR30, CR35 and CR50
respectively, though the CR50 is only available as a panel van. The Crafter panel
van is available in three wheelbases (Medium, Long and Maxi) and three roof
heights (Low, High and Superhigh) though you can’t for example have a medium
wheelbase with a Superhigh roof. The Chassis Cab and Dropside models are also
available in three wheelbases, though the double-cab version of these models
cannot be specified with the Maxi wheelbase.
All Crafter models are powered by VW's dedicated 2.0 TDI commercial diesel engine, and you can choose from 102PS, 140PS and 177PS BiTDI power outputs. All engines are available in the front-drive models, but if you want rear-drive or 4Motion all-wheel drive you can only choose between the two more powerful engine variants. Why the choice of powertrain? Front drive gives the lowest rear load height and maximum payload, while rear-drive is the one to choose if you want up to 3.5 tonne towing capacity, a gross train weight of 8 tonnes and better traction with heavy loads. Most economical is the 140PS engine with front drive, which delivers 38mpg on the combined cycle, with CO2 emissions of 193g/km. 4Motion all-wheel drive is the one to choose if mud, grass or snow are likely to feature in the delivery round. Six-speed manual and eight-speed auto gearboxes are available with all drivelines.
The Crafter’s touchscreen (standard in Trendline and
Highline) features the same technology that you’d find in a Golf or Passat,
while the optional App-Connect lets you integrate your smartphone into the
vehicle’s touchscreen and infotainment system. Other tech features include auto
dipping Light Assist, Park Assist hands-free reverse parking, Trailer Assist,
and Side Assist, which monitors the van sides as you’re turning. Long-distance
drivers will appreciate the optional Ergo Comfort and Ergo Active suspension
seats and heated leather multifunction steering wheel.
Because the Crafter features an electromechanical steering
system, it features many of the advanced safety technologies that VW pioneered
in its car range. This includes stability control, automatic post-collision
braking and crosswind assist. Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Assist and
emergency Front-Assist are all optional. Four airbags are fitted as standard.