Volkswagen Transporter T6 2015 Model Review

Volkswagen T6 Transporter Review

Volkswagen T6 Transporter Review

The much-awaited sixth-generation Volkswagen Transporter, or T6, first rolled off the lines in September 2015. The T6 offers buyers massive gains in the areas of driver comfort, safety, fuel economy and running costs compared with earlier incarnations. The VW Transporter has consistently been the most sought-after van in its class for decades, with the brand holding strong residual values and a premium price-tag.

The T6 continues this trend, carrying over the array of engines and chassis architecture as the fifth-generation Transporter, itself the bearer of a very strong reputation after more than a decade since its initial release. The new Transporter builds on these strong underpinnings with the latest technology in comfort systems and driver assistance. This allows the T6 to hold its own against competitors such as the Vauxhall Vivaro, Ford Transit and Mercedes-Benz Vito.

Under the Hood

The Transporter offers three trim grades - Startline, Trendline and Highline. The 2.0l TDi from the previous generation stays on to offer four power outputs, one of which is EURO6 compliant. Outputs are rated at 83bhp, 101bhp (the only EURO6 engine), 138bhp and 178bhp. The 83bhp and 101bhp engines receive five-speed manual transmission, whilst the latter two get the standard six-speed manual. A seven-speed automatic DSG gearbox is offered as an optional extra for the higher two outputs.

There are plenty of other choices, including three roof heights and two load lengths combining to provide load-spaces from 5.8m3 to 9.3m3. Maximum payloads range from 718kg to 1,331kg and are provided by gross vehicle weights ranging from 2.6t to 3.2t. The engines and engineering have been developed from the previous generation to create a smooth and highly refined driving experience.

In the Cab

Functionality and comfort are Volkswagen’s watchwords when it comes to cab of the T6. The seats can be adjusted fully for lumbar, rake, reach and height. The dashboard layout is intuitive and methodical, even on the upper trim grade boasting lots of gadgets. The lack of stowage space might mean that the glovebox is the only place to safely store personal items, however.

Comfort and safety are both promoted by the inclusion of a range of features as standard, including Bluetooth, USB and SD card connectivity, a 5” touch-enabled interface and a DAB radio. Front electric windows and electric wing mirrors are also standard across the board. The mid-range Trendline grade gets the benefit of cruise control, extra noise cancelling and a driver armrest, making it more suited for long motorway slogs. The Highline trim boasts automatically controlled driving lights, air conditioning, steering wheel media controls and heated windscreens.

Final Word

Small niggles like the lack of cab storage space and the slightly small 70l diesel tank, plus the lack of a bulkhead as standard on the Startline trim, detract from an otherwise solid van. The T6 offers buyers an excellent payload for its class, a wide variety of model derivatives, plenty of safety systems and a generally reliable vehicle.

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