Four large vans to look out for: NV400, Master, Movano, Crafter

Date: Thursday, July 05, 2018

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Volkswagen Crafter

What Van?’s LCV of the Year for 2018, is available in front-, rear- and all-wheel drive 4Motion formats.

It also comes in three wheelbases, three roof heights, and as a single- and double-cab chassis cab, offering load volumes of 9.9-18.3m3.

A 2.0-litre diesel engine powers the range with outputs of 102hp, 122hp and 140hp, plus there’s a bi-turbo TDI with 177hp. The powertrains come mated to a six-speed manual or an eight-speed auto gearbox.

The front-wheel drive, 3.5t, 140hp six-speed manual we tested wasn’t short of practical features and creature comforts. These included the Ergocomfort driver’s seat, with 14 setting positions encompassing shock cushioning with weight adjustment to minimise back pain, an electric four-way lumbar support, and an armrest.

The cabin is full of robust-looking materials and storage spaces, but the overall effect is a little dull. That said, the auto aircon is excellent, and the satnav/infotainment system cutting-edge.
Needless to say, but in winning the big prize, the Crafter also took What Van?’s 2018 Large Van of the Year award.

Sample model: Trendline CR35 MWB 140hp

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