The What Van? Road Test: Volkswagen Transporter Kombi (2018)

Date: Tuesday, October 30, 2018   |   Author: Steve Banner

We got to grips with VW’s front-wheel-drive five-seater Transporter in Highline Edition trim.

A  number of manufacturers offer LCVs with a second row of properly secured seats for workers with safety belts and headrests in the rear, and a load area right at the back.

Sometimes the load area is separated from the passenger compartment by a bulkhead.

Such vehicles are ideal for many self-employed trades people and owners of small businesses. They can be used as workhorses during the week and personal transport at the weekend.

With this in mind we got to grips with VW’s front-wheel-drive five-seater Transporter in Highline Edition trim. Highlighted by exterior decals, the special Edition specification gets you a variety of goodies – some cosmetic, some practical – over and above Highline, accompanied, of course, by a higher price tag. The standard Transporter spec walk is Startline, Trendline, Highline and Sportline.

Our van was powered by the 150hp version of the Transporter’s 2.0-litre TDI diesel. The same engine is also on offer at 84hp, 102hp and 204hp, and a 2.0-litre TSI petrol-powered model is listed with 150hp on tap.

The van is marketed with load volumes ranging from 5.8m3 to 9.3m3 with gross payload capacities running from 718kg to 1,274kg. You can order it in either short- or long-wheelbase five- or six-seater Kombi guise – the long wheelbase can be specified with a high roof – and as a chassis cab in either single- or double-cab guise.



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