Volkswagen’s combination of practicality, reliabilityand high performance has seen it produce some of the market’s most enduringly popular vans. Indeed, the Volkswagen Transporter enters its 70th year this year.
Volkswagen’s largest and most versatile panel van is the Crafter, a dependable workhorse that’s available in an impressive variety of configurations. As a panel van, itcomes in three lengths and three heights; it also comes as a tipper truck, dropside, tow truck and refrigerated van. Its load-carrying capacity is vast – up to 18.4 cubic metres or 1,454kg, which is space for up to six euro pallets – plus towing capacity of up to 3,500kg.
Pre-2017 Crafters were built by Mercedes-Benz alongside the Sprinter, but Volkswagen now builds the Crafter itself, equipping it with a four-cylinder 2.0-litre diesel engine that produces up to 175bhp and 303lb ft of torque. With good grip and handling, it’s easy to manoeuvre for its size, and the cabin offers a commanding view of the road and plenty of storage.
The Crafter’s smaller sibling, the Transporter, has been around since 1950, yet still remains in the UK's top 10 bestselling vans. Capable and versatile, with stylish looks and strong engine options, it can carry a payload of up to 9.3 cubic metres, 1,301kg or 2.98m long, and tow a trailer weighing up to 2,500kg. There's a choice of two wheelbases and three heights, as well as a six-seater combi version. On the road, the Transporter is responsive, with its 2.0-litre diesel engine delivering up to 201bhp and 331lb ft of torque. Fuel economy can reach 51.4mpg.
Smaller still than the Transporter is the compact Caddy, a fun, comfortable and efficient van (fuel economy gets up to 64.2mpg) which, despite its small size, can still pack in a load of up to 4.2 cubic metres or 2.25m long.
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