If a Volkswagen Transporter van with a bit of extra comfort, class and drive features is what you are looking for, consider the VW Transporter Highline Kombi or Panel van. The VW Transporter Highline sits in the middle of the Transporter trim spectrum between Startline and Sportline, a popular choice if you prefer extra comforts and drive features. It is a ‘classy high spec’ as VW Transporters go, with some outstanding standard features that make for a great starting point for Swiss Vans modifications. The majority of our Transporter WASPs in fact start out as Highline Kombi or Panel vans.
Whether you’re a business owner looking for your company vehicle (weekend getaway) or something for your company fleet, or someone looking to convert a privately owned van, look no further. Deciding between a Startline and Highline is one of the first considerations for, and while VW Transporters are solid, versatile and dependable, flexibility of choice (15 UK van variations!) requires you to do your research. Let’s unpack the main features of the VW Transporter Highline, the Comfort Pack and then Highline Panel and Kombi van differences.
While the entry level (Startline) has such good features such as the 6.5-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, USB port, App-Connect smartphone integration, cruise control – as given, the Transporter T6.1 Highline adds to this, alloy wheels, body-coloured bumpers, air conditioning and adaptive cruise control.
Standard VW Transporter features
What comes as standard with the VW Transporter? A typical 2020 VW Transporter Kombi specification includes a 110 PS 2 Litre remappable engine (to 180 PS with ease), the same tried and tested diesel engine, electric windows, single side load door, 5 seats and rear bench, opening side windows, rubber load floor cover, App-Connect and optional business pack that gives aircon and reversing sensors. You need a Kombi van if you carry more than 2 passengers, otherwise a Panel van will do you.
VW Transporter Highline features
In more detail, the main VW Transporter 6.1 highline features include in addition to the standard features of the VW Transporter above, climatic air-conditioning, leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, 16″ Clayton alloy wheels (or 17-inch alloys), laminated heated windshield, separate daytime running light with automatic headlight control, parking sensors and a ‘coming home’ feature.
Inside there’s high-class feel in touches like the driver seat armrest, (also on front passenger seat in the Kombi), the leather multi-function steering wheel, gear knob and gaiter, plus luxurious feel simora upholstery. Add to this, a heated windscreen, automatic dimming rear-view mirror with rain sensor and automatic driving light control and cruise control and you will get the full sense of what Highline offers.
VW Transporter Startline specifications
- Multi-function display/on-board computer ‘medium’ with mobile phone interface
- Radio ‘composition colour’ with 6.5-inch touch screen
- 4 speakers (passive)
- Load lashing rings for cargo tie down points in rear of van
- Remote central locking on all doors (rear plus side door)
- App-Connect compatible with Android/Apple phones giving handsfree calls
- Electric front windows for driver and passenger
- Heated door mirrors, with electric adjustment inside the cab
- Power steering
- Steering wheel adjustment (reach and rake – up, down, forwards, backwards)
- Steering wheel hard-wearing leather rim
- Interior LED lighting
- Hard wearing rubber floor lining
VW Transporter Highline specifications (in addition to Startline features)
- Front fog lights with inbuilt cornering function
- Alarm system fitted
- Body-coloured bumpers, door mirrors and handles
- Adaptive speed limiter cruise control
- Headlights and wipers with an automatic setting
- Heated windscreen for cold starts
- Electric heated and folding door mirrors
- Parking sensors on both front and back
Comfort Pack Options
What’s a Comfort Pack and how does Startline with Comfort Pack fare against the standard Highline?
As standard, you get a Comfort Pack with the Highline, which comprises foldable grab handles on ‘A’ pillars, a waste bin for door pockets, twin sun visors with vanity mirrors, a two-tone horn, dimmable dashboard illumination and additional noise suppression.
Startline is the most affordable trim range and while the Comfort Pack will make things, well, comfier, you still miss out on the Highline’ body-coloured bumpers, adaptive cruise control, headlight and wiper auto setting, heated windscreen, e-heated folding door mirrors and parking sensors.
Security in mind VW Transporter Highline’s ‘Thatcham Category 1’ approved alarm and immobiliser with tow-away and perimeter and interior cab protection also gives extra peace of mind when it comes to minding your valuable cargo.
Highline Panel Versus Highline Kombi Transporter Differences
The feature differences between the VW Transporter Highline 6.1 Panel and Highline Kombi vans reflect the different van purposes. With VW Highline Panel van features being suited to cargo carrying and VW Highline Kombi vans geared up for people carrying. Listed VW Transporter 6.1 Highline Panel and Kombi Van differences are as follows (with further spec details at VW):
|VW Transporter 6.1 Panel Van Highline Standard||VW Transporter 6.1 Kombi Highline Standard|
|3-seater Partition without window (Bulkhead)|
Bench with armrest for front right seat driver
Dual passenger seat in cab
Heat insulating glass
Lashing rings for tough floor covering and fixing set
Manual height adjustment for right front seat
Manual-adjust lumbar support on right front seat
Side trim panel for basic equipment (extended)
Barn doors (hinged on side)
C-rails on the side panel
3-seater rear bench
Armrest for both front seats
Dark tinted glass in rear seat area and heatInsulated glass (green) in front
Lashing rings for load restraint system
Manual height adjustment for front seats
Manually adjustable lumbar support right front seats
Rear window heat-insulating glass, heated, rear window wiper/washer system
Side panel trim hardboard in load compartment
Single front passenger seat
Sliding window front closed in rear, in load/passenger compartment right and left
Step illumination on sliding doors
Tyre pressure loss indicator
Rear window and tailgate door (top hinged)
Isofix child seats system
Why buy the Highline version?
If comfort and drive features float your boat, definitely get the VW Transporter Highline over the Startline. If you want your work van for weekend and family adventures, kitting out your Transporter for comfort, luxury and best driver enjoyment is also a smart move. And just because you may choose a Highline, doesn’t mean you need to stop there. With options to convert Highline’s to a VW Transporter WASP, HORNET or ABT at Swiss Vans workshop. Let’s face it your perfect van is hard to avoid!
Whether the VW Transporter Highline appeals for comfort, class and drive, or because you want to go for further modifications, give us a call. Our team of sales experts are here to talk you through your options on trim and accessories. Or if the standard VW Transporter suits your company fleet needs, great, we can help you find low monthly lease or purchase finance options.
Swiss Vans only sells high-quality vans and with 20+ years’ experience in VW Transporter Sales, you’re in safe hands. With a showroom in Bridgend, free delivery and affordable monthly payments, we will help you find the perfect van to take you places.