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Crafter Panel and Chassis Cab

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Volkswagen Crafter

Big, tough van, dropside and chassis cab with sophisticated technology




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Crafter Startline
From £30,601 OTR. Incl VAT

​Startline

  • Composition Audio Radio with USB connection
  • Bluetooth phone compatibility
  • Dual passenger seat with storage compartment
  • Steering wheel with reach and rake adjustment
  • 180° rear wing doors (panel van)
  • Front assist with City Emergency Braking
  • Driver Alert
  • Crosswind Assist
Crafter Trendline
From £32,269 OTR incl. VAT

Trendline*

  • Composition Media with 8” touchscreen, USB/iPod connection and Bluetooth
  • App-Connect
  • Voice Control
  • Comfort drivers seat including two-way lumbar support and armrest
  • Cruise control with speed limiter
  • Multi-function steering wheel
  • Electrically-adjustable and heated door mirrors
  • Rear wing doors with 270° hinges
Crafter Highline
From £37,147 OTR incl. VAT

Highline*

  • Adaptive Cruise control
  • Comfort Plus single driver’s seat with electric 4-way lumbar support and two armrests
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Heated windscreen
  • Front fog lights with cornering function
Crafter Single Cab
From £32,233 OTR incl. VAT

Single cab Startline

  • Front Assist including city emergency braking system without Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
  • Rubber floor covering in cab
  • Tool kit and jack

Introduction

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.

Design and Capabilities

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.

Performance

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.

Technology

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.

Safety

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.

Verdict

The VW Crafter brings innovative technology and a premium, modern look to the big van sector. With such a wide choice of wheelbases, roof heights and drivetrains, it will be a very unusual business that can’t find the perfect specification Crafter for its needs. Upscale versions like the Trendline and Highline will appeal to owner-drivers.


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