VW Crafter Lease

VW Crafter

From £555.00 +VAT per month

Example Lease Prices*

Crafter CR35 MWB 140ps Startline Eu6 2.0TDI Finance Lease – £555

£5,000 + VAT Deposit | 47 x £555.28 + VAT | £15,317.80 + VAT Final Payment 
Price includes: Business Pack + Ply Lining + Two Free Services


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The VW Crafter is an outstanding van in the large-van class. Winner of the 2022 “Best to Drive” category in the What Car? Van and Commercial Vehicle Awards, it’s available in a huge range of different configurations and with plenty of options to get you exactly what you need.

Engines, Drive Systems, and Transmissions

You really will be spoiled for choice with the VW Crafter. It’s available in FWD (front-wheel drive), RWD (rear-wheel drive), and Volkswagen’s excellent AWD (all-wheel drive) 4Motion system. While not every configuration is possible with every customisation aspect, you also have four engines from which to choose, all based on the 2.0-litre TDI diesel: 120hp, 122hp, 140hp, and 177hp. Each comes with a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard, but there’s also the option of an 8-speed automatic gearbox on the 140hp and 177hp models. Fuel tank capacity is a decent 75 litres, and the AdBlue tank — very important for reducing dangerous nitrogen oxide particular emissions — takes 18 litres. (And don’t worry: that will last you a lot of miles, and it’s easy to refill it yourself!)

Wheelbases and the Roof

The options extend into the wheelbase lengths and roof heights. The Crafter comes in Medium, Long, and Maxi wheelbases, and in a choice of a Low, High, or Super-high roof depending on your chosen wheelbase length. To give you an idea of some dimensions (this is a big van, after all):

Vehicle Height

Low roof: 2355mm
High roof: 2590mm
Super-high roof: 2798mm

Interior Height

Low roof: 1726mm
High roof: 1961mm
Super-high roof: 2196mm

Vehicle Length

Medium wheelbase: 5986mm
Long wheelbase: 6836mm
Maxi wheelbase: 7391mm

Interior Length

Medium wheelbase: 3450mm
Long wheelbase: 4300mm
Maxi wheelbase: 4855mm

The Crafters have a cargo-area width of 1832mm with either 1030mm or 1380mm between the wheel arches.

More Important Numbers (like the Payload!)

With a van this big, you need to know what you can actually carry and how much space you get. Load volumes range from 9.3m3 at the low end to an excellent 18.4m3 at the high end. In terms of payload and GVW, the GVW ranges from 3000kg (3.0 tonnes) to 5000kg (5.0 tonnes), and payloads go from 761kg to an enormous 2472kg. (Bear in mind that if you add a tail lift, this will reduce your payload some.)

Trim Levels

It’s not all about the technical specs; you need to be comfortable in your van too. The Volkswagen Crafter has a driver’s and one or two passenger’s seats in the front row. The cab is separated from the loading area by a steel bulkhead, so you can rest assured that your cargo will remain safely in the back where it should be. The cargo compartment benefits from up to 14 load-lashings rings as well as the option of lashing rails. The Crafter comes in two trim levels, Startline and Trendline, and is also available with a Business Pack upgrade which includes front and rear parking sensors, air-conditioning, an anti-theft alarm, etc. But you may find that the trims give you what you need


Startline is the basic trim, and its features include:

  • Radio (Composition Audio) with 5” display, Bluetooth, and connection for USB/iPod
  • Servotronic (electromechanical) steering
  • Rubber floor covering
  • Steering wheel adjustable for rake and reach
  • Double rear doors opening to 180° (270° as optional, or as standard on LWB Maxi)
  • Crosswind assist
  • Passenger’s side manual sliding door
  • ABS (Anti-lock Braking System)
  • Engine immobiliser
  • Halogen head lights with daytime-running-light function
  • Parking brake with hill-hold control
  • Load-adjusting ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme)
  • Full-size spare wheel


Trendline is the more comprehensive trim level, and that includes (in addition to Startline):

  • Composition Colour 6.5” touchscreen DAB+ radio with Bluetooth and connection for USB/iPod
  • App-Connect
  • Cruise control
  • Driver’s seat with armrest and lumbar support (2-way)
  • Multi-function steering wheel
  • Cruise control with speed limiter
  • Heated door mirrors (electrically adjustable)
  • Storage compartment (overhead) and reading light
  • 8mm-thick wooden cargo-area floor cover
  • Double rear doors opening to 270°

An upgrade to a Discover Media satnav system with 8” colour touchscreen, DAB+, free map updates, and 32gb of storage is optional on all models.

And at Swiss HQ, we can upgrade your vehicle to include a wealth of extra features which might make your life easier, from a reversing camera to storage systems, custom leather to soundproofing.

The Van For You

The VW Crafter is a great vehicle. It’s outstanding as it is, or you can arrange a conversion to refrigerated van, welfare vehicle, emergency services van, etc. The Crafter is also available as a Chassis Cab, so if it’s a Luton, tipper, or dropside you need, VW has you covered there too.

And if the Crafter doesn’t seem quite right for you, you could consider other large vans like the big Ford Transit van, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, or Vauxhall Movano, or even a slightly smaller model like the VW Transporter, Ford Transit Custom, or Renault Trafic. If you’re not sure (or even if you are!) give a call at Swiss to discuss all of the choices and options. We can also tell you about our great deals on a VW Crafter lease or VW Crafter finance, with finance lease, lease purchase, contract hire, and hire purchase available. And of course, we also do cash sales. Let us help you get on the road in your perfect van today.


If you’re looking for a large van, or even a really large van, the VW Crafter might be perfect for you. It’s available in three wheelbases — Medium, Long, and Maxi — and three roof heights: Low, High, and Super-high. Load lengths are 2450mm, 4300mm, and 4855mm for the three wheelbases, and the load volume ranges from 9.3m3 to 18.4m3.

Available in Startline and Trendline trim levels and with the option of a Business Pack upgrade, the VW Crafter panel van can be configured to match your needs. And with its ample space and multiple length and height options, it’s a fantastic choice for anyone thinking of a conversion to something like an emergency services vehicle, refrigerated van, or breakdown van. It’s a fantastic drive, as as the Crafter is also available as a Chassis Cab for dropside, tipper, and Luton conversions, it’s a super versatile vehicle, whatever you require.

Most people see essentials as air-conditioning, parking sensors, and phone integration, but talk to us about your situation, and we’ll do our best to advise you!

7 Ways To Finance Your Van

Most of our competitors are leasing franchises. Their vans are usually purchased by the hundred; they may have sat on the lot for a while by the time you come along. These franchises tend to prefer contract hire as it locks customers in with them for longer. However, here at Swiss, we work with banks. We’re not tied in to any one plan, so we can offer you a wider array of options. Our vans are fresher and our deals are better as there’s no middleman franchise taking a cut.

Each of the following finance methods is tax deductible. It’s important to remember that, unless your insurance policy provides “new for old” cover, you will need a GAP insurance policy in case the vehicle gets written off. More on this at the bottom!

  1. Hire purchase: VAT down or VAT deferred. HP is a great way to actually buy a van. If you’re VAT registered, you can claim the whole VAT amount back within three months. 
  2. Contract Hire: Bear in mind that there is a credit check with contract hire even though many people believe there isn’t. Contract hire is more popular on cars than vans, and it’s better for large fleets. In fact, it doesn’t offer any advantage for fleets of fewer than 10. (If you want to change more than 10 vehicles in one go, then please get in touch.) 
  3.  Lease purchase: As some manufacturers offer deals that can’t be used with lease purchase agreements, this may not be the best option. It’s similar to hire purchase as you own the vehicle at the end of the contract, but different in that there’s a large “balloon” payment at the end to help keep monthly payments lower. VAT-registered customers can claim back in the following quarter if they pay the entire VAT amount as the deposit. Lease purchase can be a great option for businesses if, for example, you want a T6.1 to keep and convert to a motorhome later on. Sometimes pre-registered vans are cheaper, so do ask us about what we’ve got available. 
  4. Finance Lease: By far the most popular finance method as it attracts the lowest payments. Finance leases also attract the largest discounts from manufacturers. Another benefit of this method is that you can fit accessories to the van while you have it.
  5. Operational Lease: An operational lease is just like a finance lease apart from that you can hand the vehicle back at the end. Some of our Mercedes vans are like this.
  6. Asset Finance: We can finance many products, not just vans.
  7. Credit Limit: Pre-approve your van purchases 90 days in advance. This can be very useful if, for example, you have a contract tender.

GAP Insurance

If the vehicle is written off, your normal insurance may not cover everything you owe on your finance agreement. You could end up having to buy an older, cheaper van just to achieve the same monthly payments. A GAP insurance policy can help. For more information, please see our GAP policy page. And to buy a GAP insurance policy, you can click here

Some companies prefer slightly more exotic large vehicles, but if you try to factory-order a very specialist, extra-packed Ford Transit or Citroen Relay, your delivery time could be 12 months or more! Volkswagen, however, are typically 12-16 weeks even for specialist vans, so a VW could be perfect for you if you don’t want to wait but need something a little different. (We do ask larger deposits for such vehicles though, and if you cancel your order, the deposit is forfeited.)

It’s worth nothing that a second credit check is required 90 days after the first / when the van arrives, and that fits will take time. That said, we always do our best to get you on the road ASAP!

All manufacturers tend to follow the same formula when it comes to naming vans in terms of weight, height, and length, and these are usually abbreviated in the same ways too. The Length = L, and the larger the number after the L, the longer the van. The Height = H; the larger the number after the H, the higher the van. So an L2H1 van is much much smaller and cheaper than a L3H2 van, but in fact the latter is the most popular across all brands. Weight tends to go either 30 or 3000 on large vans, with the latter being the max Gross Vehicle Weight. Typically, a large van can carry around 1300kg to 1500kg. These large vans are almost all diesels, but there are a few electric options now too.

Optional Upgrades: If it’s on the internet and you send us a link, we can usually sell it on finance. Protecta Van is a pretty good site.

Some of these upgrades include:

  1. Ply lining: Wood and even stronger plastic. False floors and drainage vans.
  2. Van racking: From simple, budget, affordable wood racks to Sortimo Designed Racking Solutions. Sometimes, it’s easier if we just order the rack for you, and you fit it after van delivery.
  3. Roof racks and roof bars.
  4. Towbars and tachographs
  5. Van security: Alarm upgrades, deadlocks, anti-peel deadlocks
  6. Vehicle tracking, in-van WIFI, stereo upgrades, reversing cameras
  7. Utility specs
  8. Ramps and micro tail lifts (ramps are quite cheap)
  9. Steps

Automatic Large Vans: Automatic large vans are rare and often a custom order. Customers who order automatic large vans will generally be ordering for themselves, so they want something quite specific. Please don’t factory order any large automatics apart from a German one, or you could find you are waiting literally 12 months for delivery! (It’s a bit different if it’s already in stock.) A German manufacturer can factory-order an automatic in as little as 16 weeks!


If you’re looking for a new or used van, give us a call at Swiss. We’ll be happy to talk modifications, finance, or walk you through the finer points of each of our great vans.

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