What Van? sampled the 102hp Euro6 2.0-litre Transporter, the second step of a four-engine range that kicks off with the 84hp unit, and runs through 102hp and 150hp to the range-topping 204hp engine. All are 2.0-litre powerplants.
Ride quality in our part-loaded test vehicle was good, although a fair degree of road rumble made its way into the cabin, while the chassis control and steering feel make the Transporter a decent place to pass the time.
VW has stepped up to the plate on safety, including having a post-collision braking system as standard on all models, while front assist, adaptive cruise control, high-beam assist, lane change assist and driver alert systems are all optional.
All Transporters come with a USB socket, DAB, and a five-inch touchscreen.
In terms of cabin space, the glovebox appears too small for even the handbook, while there’s just about enough legroom for a passenger in the middle seat. And like the Vito (above), the Transporter maybe lacks some of the clever innovation such as load-through hatches, internal ladder racks or folding roof rails that rivals provide.
Sample model: T28 Trendline SWB
Engine size 2.0-litre
Load volume 5.8m3
Combined mpg 47.9mpg
Price (ex VAT)£21,175