Efficient and powerful transporter
7 April, 2018, 12:00 am
THE new-generation Volkswagen Transporter offers efficiency and more technology with its detailed specifications.
That powertrain produces 110kW of power and 350Nm of torque. It has the same peak power output but 10Nm more torque than the top-selling TDI340 model.
It’s available with a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, and possibly in front-wheel drive, although the current model has 4Motion all-wheel drive variants available.
The engine too has been tweaked for some efficiency gains.
With stop-start as standard, a new engine design that is optimised for a more efficient combustion cycle, and Euro 6 emissions regulations stipulating an exhaust gas treatment (such as AdBlue) to reduce the level of nitrous oxide emissions, there are consumption drops for this powerplant.
It now uses an average of between 5.9L and 6.3L/100km; the current TDI250 uses a claimed 7.5L/100km. This model comes only with a five-speed manual transmission, which undoubtedly limits its appeal to inner-city drivers.
But if you don’t mind shifting gears yourself, it could be something you’d get used to, because the shift action is light and smooth, and so is the clutch pedal push.
The engine in this model is best left to those who won’t load their vehicle to the hilt.
In more of a stop-start environment this engine impressed. It pulled away from the lights without much fuss and dealt with traffic much more convincingly than it handled highway hustle. Volkswagen has always been one of the best in the game at making a van that’s comfortable on the road, and the new-generation Transporter is no different.
It rode over differing surfaces beautifully, with the revised suspension helping to level out a bit of body roll (though the low-mounted ballast placed squarely above the rear axle no doubt helped in that regard, too). Bumps such as potholes were also dispatched with ease.
The cockpit has seen some big changes, with an entirely new dashboard that has been rethought with workers in mind.
There are new storage bins littered throughout the cabin, including a sunglasses holder in the roof-lining, a big dash-top folder holder, a stowage slot in front of the passenger, and two-tier door pockets, and the lower section can swallow big water bottles.
Above that shifter is one of the big talking points of the interior, a new 6.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration and a reverse-view camera display.
Access to the cargo hold can be gained through rear barn doors or a conventional tailgate, while side access is driver’s side as standard.
There are a good number of tie-down points, and the lining on the internal walls of the cargo bay should stop any pimples from appearing on the outside.