The range includes both petrol and diesel engines. Most commercial operators will opt for diesel and all the engines in the Transporter range are Euro 6 compatible, with start/stop system as standard, regenerative braking and low rolling resistance tyres. Power outputs range from 84PS to the 204PS Bi-turbodiesel of the Sportline. 5- or 6-speed manual gearboxes come as standard but there’s also the option of the fast-shifting and efficient 7-speed DSG. If you prefer a petrol engine, you can choose between a 2.0 litre TSI with 150PS and the 2.0 litre TSI with 204PS, both of which have a direct injection system. The Transporter is front-wheel drive, but the 4Motion all-wheel drive system is available as an option for those whose work takes them off-road or out and about in foul weather.
Volkswagen’s well-earned reputation for safety shines through in features like Front Assist with City Emergency Braking and Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, all of which come as standard. ESP, ABS and Traction Control keep you on your selected course and Lane Change Assist is available as an option on short wheelbase models.
Verdict: with a wide choice of engines, wheelbases, roof heights and door configurations it will be a rare business that can’t find the perfect specification Transporter for their needs. Over the years the Transporter has acquired a loyal following, while top specification models like the Sportline have earned near-legendary status among the van-owning cognoscenti. But whatever trim level you choose, you’ll have made a smart choice.