SEVEN GEARS ON YOUR WAGON: The Kombi version of VW's iconic people-carriers now has a direct-shift auto gearbox for its 103kW, two-litre turbodiesel units. Image: VW SA / Quickpic
UITENHAGE, Eastern Cape - Volkswagen
Commercial Vehicles has added a seven-speed direct-shift gearbox to its 103kW
Kombi range to join the already so-equipped long wheel-base Kombi Comfortline
and Transporter Crew Bus.
VW SA says the Kombi is the
best-selling T5 derivative with more than 21 380 sold in South Africa
since its introduction here in 2004.
About 8 600 of those were
It’s a marketing move intended
to attract more buyers looking for an auto box taking its feed from a powerful
engine. There’s also a choice of two spec levels - Trendline and Comfortline -
and seating potential for eight adults.
Think large-family car, hotel
shuttle, corporate taxi… it’s available in normal or long-wheelbase (plus 40cm)
and various seating configurations that can include height adjustment for the
driver’s seat (Trendline), arm rests, power windows, central locking and various
external trim changes.
The two-litre turbodiesel
engine is capable of 103kW and 340Nm at 2500rpm. Top speed is 172 km/h and VW
claims an average fuel consumption of eight litres/100km.
The DSG means cog changes take
only a few hundredths of a second, without any interruption in traction. The
seventh gear is an overdrive – maximum speed is already achieved in sixth gear.
The Kombi can be modified with
a number of catalogue features: tilt/slide sunroof, detachable tow ball, 17” alloy
rims, parking radar front and rear, cruise control, front fog lights, multifunction
steering wheel, auto wipers and headlights, auto dimming rear-view mirror and
electrically foldable external mirrors, communications package (leather
multifunction steering-wheel, RCD 310 CD/radio with auxiliary socket and
Bluetooth cellphone preparation).
Prices (VAT and
emissions tax included)
Kombi 2.0 TDI 103kW DSG Trendline
- R474 300
Kombi 2.0 TDI 103kW DSG
Comfortline - R536 500
Kombi 2.0 TDI 103kW DSG long-wheelbase
- R544 500
Prices include three-year or 120
000km warranty, five- year or 60 000km maintenance plan, and 12-year anti-rust-through
Service intervals: 15 000km.