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Volkswagen TRANSPORTER SHUTTLE T32 SWB DIESEL

2.0 TDI 110PS S Minibus

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Volkswagen's sixth generation Transporter looks a strong package these days, with cleaner, more efficient engines and extra equipment. Plus it's as tough as ever. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Background

This is the sixth generation T6 version of Volkswagen's Transporter, a medium-sized panel van that sits in the Wolfsburg maker's van range above the compact Caddy but below the substantial Crafter. Throughout all its incarnations, this vehicle has managed to remain simple, effective and well suited to the needs of its operators. There's quite a bit of competition around for the Transporter from models including the Citroen Dispatch, the Vauxhall Vivaro, the Ford Transit Custom, the Mercedes Vito and the Renault Trafic but Volkswagen will be hoping that a vast model range, some clever engine technology and a detailed specification will carry the latest version to glory.

Driving Experience

The Transporter engine range consists of four 2.0-litre TDI Euro6 engines with outputs of 84PS, 102PS, 150PS and 204PS. All 84PS and 102PS engines are fitted with a five-speed manual gearbox as standard, with 150PS and 204PS units equipped with either a six-speed transmission as standard or a seven-speed DSG automatic. So far so good, but what's it actually like to drive? Well 'quietly efficient' probably sums it up. The 'quiet' bit's significant: Volkswagen reckons that drivers used to rival vans will find this one to be much quieter, which'll make a lot of difference after a hard day at the wheel. And efficient? Well, let me put forward the braking system as an example. It features ABS of course, with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Electronic Braking Control to maximise its effectiveness and as soon as you use it in anger, the brake lights flash rapidly to alert following vehicles. Once you've screeched to a stop, the hazard warning lights come on automatically. Neat. The Transporter's traditionally precise handling remains, with plenty of feedback through the redesigned steering, a slick gearchange and a Germanically firm but by no means unpleasant ride. It's manoeuvrable too, for such a big vehicle.

Design and Build

The current Transporter looks a sharper proposition than its T5 predecessor - but not by much. In keeping with tradition, this T6 model offers a range of body options and gross vehicle weights to suit the needs of all operators and drivers. In addition to three roof height options; standard (1,410 mm), medium (1,635mm) and high (1,940mm), this Volkswagen is available with four gross vehicle weights (ranging from 2,600kg to 3,200kg) along with short and long wheelbase options. At the wheel, there are the expected driver and passenger airbags, plus a height and reach-adjustable steering wheel. Sliding across the three-seater cabin is slightly impeded by the way that the gear lever is mounted on a moulding that curves out from the dashboard, but the location does make it easy to use. A design touch we weren't sure about was the way the more aerodynamic outside mirrors house the radio, 'phone and GPS antennae: bashing them, as van drivers tend to do, would be expensive. Still, there are plenty of more thoughtful design features dotted around the cab. Each door, for example, incorporates both upper and lower storage bins, the lower one able to accommodate both a 1.5-litre bottle and an A4 clipboard. On the passenger side, there's a storage box under the seat and, on the side of the facia, a net to hold documents. Pull out the ashtray and you'll find cupholders for your McDonalds breakfast on both sides and there's a shelf for your sunglasses above the windscreen.

Market and Model

As usual, there's a choice of Panel Van or 'Kombi' Crew van variants. Entry-level 'Startline' Panel Van models are priced from around £19,000 (panel van, excluding VAT) and include a host of standard features including BlueMotion Technology, a DAB+ digital radio, a 5-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth phone connectivity and a USB connection. Standard equipment also includes Volkswagen's acclaimed Automatic Post Collision Braking system, which automatically applies the brakes after a collision, reducing the risk of a secondary impact. 'Trendline' models get smarter wheel trims, a full-height steel bulkhead (panel van), body-coloured bumpers and rear parking sensors. A Comfort pack consisting of foldable grab handles on A-pillars, additional storage compartments, dimmable cabin lights and additional noise suppression is also fitted as standard. 'Highline' models top the Transporter range. Here, buyers get a leather multifunction steering wheel, a heated windscreen, an automatic driving light control, daytime running lights and 16-inch Clayton alloy wheels. 'Highline' models also come with front fog lights with cornering function and a Thatcham Category 1-approved alarm as standard.

Practicalities and Costs

Practicality first. Let's start with the basics. Vehicle length varies between 4,892mm and 5292mm depending on your choice between short or long wheelbase bodystyles. As for load volume, well, that's anything between 5.8 and 9.3m3, depending on your choice between low, medium and high roof heights. And payloads? Depending on the version you choose, they vary from 749kg to a heavy duty 1,333kg. Access to all that space is via a sliding nearside door with 1020 by 1284mm dimensions that conceals a useful step. Or the usual twin rear doors that open out to either 90 or 180-degrees creating an aperture 1486mm wide and 1305mm high. There's a reasonable rear loading height of 566mm to lump stuff over into a well illuminated cargo area that offers 1244mm between the wheelboxes and 1410m of height. Then there are six floor-mounted tie-down points to keep your load from moving about, with side lashing rings being optional. On to running costs. All models benefit from Volkswagen's efficient BlueMotion Technology modifications as standard. These include low rolling resistance tyres, plus regenerative braking and Start/Stop systems, there to reduce fuel consumption meaning this Transporter is cleaner and more efficient than the outgoing model. For example, the 2.0-litre 102PS Euro6 panel van SWB can return 47.9mpg on the combined cycle and emits 153g/km of CO2. One thankful of fuel will therefore be good enough for around 850 miles, enough to get you from Portsmouth to Prague!

Summary

Volkswagen has piled some desirable technology features into its current Transporter panel van. The advanced safety systems should be well received but it's the common-rail diesel engines that will really get customers going. On performance, refinement and economy, these units are difficult to top. Better still, the rest of the Transporter looks as solid as ever.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeManual
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeDiesel
Fuel Efficiency
Fuel Efficiency45.60mpg
Emissions
Emissions164.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed101mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • Adaptive cruise control including speed limiter and city emergency braking
  • Cross wind assist
  • Dimmable instrument illumination
  • eCall emergency system
  • Electromechanical speed sensitive power steering, height and longitudinally adjustable steering column
  • Front assist with autonomous emergency braking
  • Headlight range control
  • Mobile phone interface
  • Multi function display plus with black and white display

Entertainment

  • 2 USB interfaces type C in dashboard
  • 4 speakers with 2 tweeters and 2 woofers
  • Composition colour radio with 6.5" touchscreen
  • Digital radio reception (DAB+)
  • Volkswagen app connect

Exterior Features

  • Additional dust seals on outside
  • Black exterior mirror housings and door handles
  • Electric windows front + rear
  • Gray bumpers
  • Illuminated steps in passenger/load compartment
  • Left convex exterior mirror
  • Rear window with heat insulating glass, heated, rear window wiper and washer system
  • Red LED rear combination lamps
  • Right convex exterior mirror
  • Sliding door on the left in load/passenger compartment
  • Sliding door on the right in load/passenger compartment
  • Standard roof with 8 feet mounting points for roof rack system
  • Transporter nameplate on the rear fender
  • Unpainted radiator grille with 2 chrome trims

Interior Features

  • 1 waste bin in door storage compartment of the cab
  • 1st row front seats on the left
  • 1st row front seats on the right
  • 2 12V outlets in dashboard
  • 3 spoke leather wrapped multi function steering wheel
  • Additional sound deadening measures in cab and passenger compartment
  • Air cleaner
  • Armrests for both cab seats
  • Comfort headliner in cab and headliner for recirculated air with vents in passenger compartment
  • Driver and passenger grab handles on A pillars
  • Dust/pollen filter
  • Folding grab handles and storage compartments on cab seats, reading light
  • Glove compartment with illumination
  • Height adjustment for left and right single seat in cab
  • Interior lighting with LED technology in load/passenger compartment
  • Interior plastic loading edge protection
  • Lashing rings for load restraint system
  • Lumbar supports for left and right single seat in the 1st row of seats (both manually adjustable)
  • Refrigerant R1234yf
  • Rubber floor covering in cab
  • Rubber floor covering in passenger/load compartment with loading edge protection in rear
  • Special interior noise suppression measures
  • Standard lower part dashboard in palladium
  • Sun visors with mirror and airbag label on front passenger sun visor
  • Sunshades for side windows in passenger compartment
  • Tool kit and heavy duty jack
  • Vents for side windows in headliner

Packs

  • 8 Seat Pack 2-3-3 - Shuttle
  • Non smoker pack

Safety

  • 3 point seat belts, height adjustable on outer seats in cab with electric pretensioners
  • Driver and front passenger airbag with front passenger airbag deactivation
  • ISOFIX and top tether child seat anchorage for 2nd Row
  • Power operated child safety lock
  • Single tone horn
  • Warning buzzer and light for driver seat belt not fastened

Security

  • Anti-theft alarm system with interior monitoring, backup horn and towing protection
  • Central locking system with radio remote control, inside system controls and safelock

Technical

  • 12V outlets sockets
  • 16" chassis with 16" brake system
  • Diesel particulate filter
  • Electronic Stability Control, ABS, ASR with deactivation button, eletronic differential lock and brake assist system
  • Hill start assist
  • Initial standard fuel filling
  • Start and stop system with regenerative braking
  • Traction control

Wheels

  • 17" steel wheels
  • Wheel center cover

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • CO2
    164
  • HC
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    200
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max
    226

Engine and Drive Train

  • Automatic Transmission
    No
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1968
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Engine Make
    Not Available
  • Fuel Delivery
    COMMON RAIL
  • Fuel Type
    DIESEL
  • Gears
    5 SPEED
  • Manual Transmission
    Yes
  • Valve gear
    DOHC

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC
    No
  • EC Combined
    45.6
  • EC Extra Urban
    50.4
  • EC Urban
    38.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    7.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    8.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
    8.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
    6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
    8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    37.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
    32.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High
    32.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High
    42.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Low
    35.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    40.4

General

  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicles safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    2.0
  • Badge Power
    110
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Chassis Engine Number
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    Not Available
  • Coin Gross Vehicle Weight Code
    Not Available
  • Coin Power Output Code
    Not Available
  • Coin Series
    Not Available
  • Coin Wheelbase Description Code
    Not Available
  • Coin Wheelbase Name Code
    Not Available
  • Exhaust System
    CATALYTIC CONVERTER
  • Ghost model for valuation purposes
    No
  • Insurance Group 1
    Not Available
  • Insurance Group 2
    Not Available
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Running Cost League Headings
    Not Available
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • This vehicle is classed as a car for VED purposes
    Yes
  • VAT qualifying vehicle - Seek advice from HMRC
    Yes
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1
  • Vin/Frame No.
    Not Available

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    15.5
  • BHP
    110
  • Engine Power KW
    81
  • Top Speed
    101

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    No
  • Automatic Clutch
    No
  • Plated 3rd Axle
    Not Available
  • Plated 4th Axle
    Not Available
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Make
    Not Available
  • Tyre Size Front
    215/60 R17
  • Tyre Size Rear
    215/60 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare
    FULL SIZE
  • Wheel Style
    Not Available
  • Wheel Type
    17" STEEL

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Load Deck Height
    Not Available
  • Load Height
    Not Available
  • Load Length
    Not Available
  • Load Space Width Between Wheel Arches
    Not Available
  • Load Width
    Not Available
  • Lower Rear Door Width
    Not Available
  • Rear Door Height
    Not Available
  • Rear Overhang
    Not Available
  • Side Load Door Height
    Not Available
  • Side Load Door Width
    Not Available
  • Upper Rear Door Width
    Not Available

Weight and Capacities

  • Boot Capacity Saloons
    Not Available
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    70
  • Gross Train Weight
    4900
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    3200
  • Load Space Volume
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 2nd Row Seats Removed
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 2nd Row Seats Up
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Down
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Removed
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Up
    Not Available
  • Max. Roof Load
    Not Available
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    2200
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    2179
  • No. of Seats
    8
  • Payload
    1021
  • Plated 2nd Axle
    1720
  • Plated Front Axle
    1710
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Sean Annells

"First class service from start to finish. Great communication and very competitive on pricing. Always wanted to help and nothing was to much trouble. Tom always replied to my emails as soon as he could and always went the extra mile to answer my questions. Would definitely recommend Silverstone Fleet to anyone."

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"When I started looking to get a new (personal) lease car I contacted a number of leasing companies. Silverstone were by far the most responsive and helpful. They were able to order exactly the model of car I wanted at an excellent price. Every aspect of their service from setting up the lease contract to overseeing the delivery of the car was exemplary. They were attentive and responsive but never 'pushy'. Thouroughly recommended. A big thank you to all the Silverstone team, especially Holly who dealt with all my enquiries quickly and efficiently."

"2 months ago"

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Dan Jones

"Superb service. After having been really let down by another leasing company, Silverstone saved the day. Really professional, quick and pleasant staff. Clear communication and quality service from start to finish. I was so pleased with the service I leased another car from them! Thanks especially to Aby, who was a superstar. I leased a Tesla Model 3 (and now a Fiat 500 too!)"

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"I cannot fault the service received from Silverstone Fleet Management, for Start to finish it was seamless. I was regularly kept in the loop with information and what was required from myself to proceed. Holly Palmer who is one of the SFM Sales Support Executive was very prompt in responding to my emails and sending me anything that I needed to complete for the process and acknowledging anything that I returned. Tom Bailey who is one of the SFM Account Managers was very prompt at sending me the original quotes and adapting them to suit my needs and alongside Holly keeping me informed at every point during the start to end process. The whole process took at the most 3 weeks from quoting, ordering to the delivery/collection. although I appreciate this was a stock vehicle and not ordered purposely for my requirements. I had to go and collect the vehicle in the end as there were no available drivers to deliver for the date that I needed the vehicle, but this was not a fault of SFM, who tried their best to get the vehicle to me for the requested date, but had I not needed the vehicle to go on holiday then I would only have had to wait a couple more days for delivery. I would totally recommend SFM to my family and friends and hopefully I will be able to put people/business their way. When my lease is up I would not hesitate to use SFM again and hopefully this review will persuade others to take a leap of faith in SFM as they really do deliver the fantastic service that they advertise"

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