VW Transporter T6.1

The Volkswagen Transporter Kombi & Panel Van

The VW Transporter kombi van and the VW Transporter panel van are iconic commercial vehicles in the medium-van class with a long history of quality, reliability, practicality and, of course, a special VW style. In the same size category as the Mercedes Vito, the Ford Transit Custom, and the Renault Trafic, the Transporter T6.1 is available for outright purchase with cash sales or on a great, low-rate finance or lease agreement. It’s a fantastic choice in whatever model you choose.

VW Transporter Lengths and Body Styles

The VW Transporter comes as a panel van with seating for the driver and two passengers or as a kombi van with seating for five or six. Both variants are available in a choice of two wheelbases — short and long — and you can choose from a normal or a high roof, so you’ve definitely got options when it comes to VW Transporter lengths and heights. Bear in mind though that the short wheelbase is only available with the normal roof height.

Short wheelbase (normal roof)

Load length: 2572mm*
Load height: 1410mm
Load volume panel van: 5.8m3

Long wheelbase (normal roof)

Load length: 2975mm*
Load height: 1410mm
Load volume panel van: 6.7m3

Long wheelbase (high roof)

Load length: 2975mm*
Load height: 1940mm
Load volume panel van: 9.3m3

Load width is standard across all models at 1700mm (1244mm between the wheel arches).
*Based on a panel van with no bulkhead.

VW Transporter Engines, Transmissions, and Drive Systems

The Transporter is available with a choice of three different engines. Each is based on a 4-cylinder, 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine compatible to Euro 6D emissions standards, and you can pick your ideal power output from 100hp / 250Nm, 150hp / 340Nm, and 204hp / 450Nm. Fuel tanks on all models hold 70 litres, and the AdBlue tank — essential for meeting those emissions targets and reducing dangerous nitrogen oxide particulate emissions — takes 22 litres. (Don’t worry, that will last you lots of miles, and it’s easy to refill it yourself when it does run out.)

VW Transporter transmissions vary depending on the engine. The 110hp model comes with a 5-speed manual gearbox. On the 150hp van, you have a 6-speed manual gearbox fitted as standard with the option of a 7-speed DSG (automatic) gearbox. And on the 204hp, it’s the 7-speed DSG as standard.

The 110hp is available on as front-wheel drive (FWD), but you can upgrade the 150hp and 204hp vans from FWD to VW’s 4Motion all-wheel drive (AWD) system for an additional cost. (And of course, if you’re going for a VW Transporter Swamper for some off-road fun, you’ll definitely be wanting 4Motion AWD!)

VW ABT e-Transporter

There’s also an electric VW Transporter made in connection with ABT. The VW e-Transporter offers the same VW benefits but with zero emissions: definitely something to consider in today’s world! With a payload of up to 996kg, a cargo area of up to 6.7m3, and a range of 82 miles, VW’s electric medium-sized van is a great option for anyone wanting a more sustainable urban transport solution.

It’s powered by a 37.3kWh battery and has a maximum power output of 110hp. The battery can achieve an 80% charge in around 45 minutes on a 50kW DC charge, and a normal AC charge to 100% from a 3.6kW wall charging station will take around 11 hours.

Available in two trims, Base and Advance, the eTransporter offers a range of features to satisfy the needs of most drivers. And of course, you can get a panel van or kombi body style.

VW Transporter Weights and Payloads

VW Transporter weights are referred to as T28, T30, and T32, with the T standing for Tonne. This refers to the GVW (or Gross Vehicle Weight) of the van, which is the total permitted weight of the vehicle including the vehicle itself, the payload, and the drivers / any passengers. So a T28 has a GVW of 2.8 tonnes or 2800kg, a T30 has a GVW of 3.0 tonnes or 3000kg, and a T3.2 has a GVW of 3.2 tonnes or 3200kg. VW Transporter panel vans and VW Transporter kombis are available in a range of body length, engine, and GVW combinations, so you should be able to find one to suit your needs. Payloads for the panel vans range from 747kg – 1218kg, and payloads for the kombi van (or Transporter crew van) range from 852kg – 1148kg.

VW Transporter Trims and Specifications

The VW Transporter, whether panel van or kombi, is available in two trim levels to help you get exactly what you need. The most basic is Startline, and the version with a little extra is called Highline.

The Startline trim includes:

  • Composition Colour DAB+ radio with 6.5” touchscreen, Bluetooth, SD-card slot, 2x USB-C ports
  • Electric and heated door mirrors
  • Electric windows in the cab
  • Twin halogen headlights (H7)
  • Heat-insulating windows in the cab
  • 4-way-adjustable lumbar support for the driver’s seat
  • Driver’s seat armrest and height adjustment
  • 12v socket
  • Cruise control with speed limiter
  • Multi-function steering wheel (leather trimmed) with adjustments for height and longitude
  • Rubber flooring in the cab
  • Multiple storage options including drink holders
  • VW App Connect
  • Load-lashing rings (foldable) in the cargo area
  • Left-side sliding door
  • Full-height steel bulkhead

The kombi Startline also includes:

  • Dimmable rear-view mirror
  • Illuminated steps in the cargo / passenger compartment
  • Heated rear window in the tailgate with wiper / washer system
  • Rubber flooring in the passenger compartment
  • Side sliding windows for the second row of seats
  • Tyre-pressure-loss indicator

And if you want a little more, try the Business Pack:

  • Anti-theft alarm with cab-interior monitoring, backup horn and towing protection
  • Climatic air-conditioning
  • Parking sensors (rear)

The feature-laden Highline trim includes (in addition to Startline):

  • Air-conditioning
  • 16” alloy wheels (17” on the T32 204hp)
  • Automatic headlights with separate daytime running lights
  • Electric and heated door mirrors with electric folding function
  • Front fog lights with cornering function
  • Intermittent windscreen-wiper function with rain sensor
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with speed limiter
  • Armrests for both front seats (kombi)
  • Manual lumbar adjustment for both front seats (kombi)

And in terms of safety features, the VW Transporter includes:

    • Brake Assist System
    • Crosswind Assist
    • eCall emergency system
    • Driver and front passenger airbags
    • Start/Stop with regenerative braking
    • Automatic Post-Collision Braking System
    • Electromechanical steering

VW Transporter Sportline

Then there’s the Transporter T6.1 Sportline, an amazingly stylish model with alloys, lowering, front splitter, side bars, rear spoiler, heated front seats, rear-view camera, carpeting (kombi), leather upholstery, and more. If you want the ultimate in head-turning Transporter sporty style, this is it.

VW Transporter Panel Van and Kombi Modifications

The VW Transporter is already pretty well-loaded with features, but if you want (or need!) some extras, we’re always here to help. We can do pretty much everything at our South Wales workshop, and as all of our fantastic VW Transporter upgrades can be added to your finance arrangement to spread out the cost, there’s no need to worry about having to pay for anything all at once. We can provide a range of custom mods and extras, from spoilers to lowering, storage to leather interiors and more. Whether you want new alloys or a steering-wheel upgrade, we’ve got choices for you.

Many of our customers go for our great upgrade packages: WASP, Hornet, or the ABT mod kit. The WASP (Wheel and Styling Package) is a great option for anyone who wants eye-catching style at an affordable price. With 18” alloys, a WASP front splitter, sidebars, and a rear spoiler. And of course, you can keep going with carpeting, bigger alloys, roof bars: whatever you want! See VW Transporter WASP for further information on the VW Transporter kombi WASP.

Our famous HORNET styling pack is based on the Highline spec and is a superb alternative to the Sportline for those who want something equally sporty but a little different (and a little cheaper!). It comes with 30mm lowering, 20” alloys, a Hornet front splitter, rear diffuser, rear spoiler, side skirts, black badges, a glossy grille, and custom leather seats for true comfort and luxury. If that’s not enough, like the with WASP, you can keep going: soundproofing, LED spotlights, a steering-wheel upgrade, and more! You can see more about the Hornet on our VW Transporter Hornet page.

The ABT Transporter is also based on the VW Transporter T6.1 Highline, and the full ABT kit includes front splitter, grille, side skirts, rear apron with mock exhaust, and spoiler. Check out the VW Transporter ABT for more details.

We want to make our customers’ lives as easy as possible here at Swiss. We offer multiple payment options including cash sales / buying outright, finance lease, lease purchase, hire purchase, and contract hire. A low-rate VW Transporter lease deal is by far the most popular way to pay, and whether you need a balloon payment to offset company profits or to claim back the VAT, we can help. Give our friendly sales team a ring today to discuss the best options for you.

VW Transporter Awards

The VW Transporter has long been recognised as a top choice for UK van drivers. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles received a double award at the What Van? Awards 2021, with the VW Transporter claiming Used Van of the Year 2021 and The Transporter T6.1 winning Medium Van of the Year 2021. In fact, the same thing happened in 2020!

What our clients say about Swiss Vans:

‘We are over the moon with our new VW Kombi Van and can’t wait to start our road trips. Keep up the great work guys.’ (Mrs. Webster)

‘Great customer service provided by Ashley and his team when choosing my van! Great choices, fast response and delivery too! Highly recommend Swiss Vans!’ (Charlotte S.)

‘Great service and the end product, perfect.’ (Jason Riley)

A Range of Excellent VW Vans!

If all of this has got you excited for a new VW Transporter panel van or VW Transporter kombi of your very own, get in touch with us today at Swiss Vans. We can answer any questions you might have and talk you through the process step by step. We love happy customers, and our happy customers love our vans!

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