The new VW Transporter double-cab
According to VW the T5 Transporter has been engineered to be used in a wide variety of applications like in construction sites, moving light equipment, bulky goods etc.
Its large dimensions mean that courier companies can utilise it to transport large cargo in a way that has previously only been possible with a light truck.
Using a multitude of configurations, operators have a choice of either a Double Cab or a Single Cab.
In total it is 5.074m long, with a 3m wheelbase and 1.946m high. On request, the wheel base can grow to 3.4m, thus increasing overall vehicle length to 5.474m.
The wide array of diesel engines and a powerful 3.2 V6 makes the Transporter an especially attractive proposition for this purpose.
There is a choice of four engines, in both single and double cab configuration. Three of them are high torque TDI engines.
First up is the 1.9 TDI producing 77 kW and 250 Nm of torque.
Then there are two versions of the modern 5-cylinder 2.5 TDI engine. The first version produces 96 kW and 340 Nm of torque, with the traditional frugal fuel consumption delivered by all TDI engines.
Then there is an even more powerful 128 kW/40 0Nm version, which is also used in the Touareg
The most powerful engine in the range is the 3.2V6 producing a scintillating 173 kW and 320 Nm of torque.
Front axle drive is by means of 5-speed or 6-speed gearbox, with McPherson suspension struts at the front and a semi-trailer arm axis with "miniblock" springs and separate shock absorbers at the rear.
All the Transporters have various electronic safety aids in the form of ABS, electronic differential lock (EDL), anti-slip regulation (ASR) and engine traction control (ETC) as standard.
The 96 kW 2.5 TDI comes with optional 4Motion with a differential lock. The 4Motion comes with an optional High Rise kit for more demanding rugged terrain.
Single Cab Short-Wheel-Base
1.9 TDI 77 kW 5-speed manual: R162 900
2.5 TDI 96 kW 6-speed manual: R182 900
2.5 TDI 96 kW 4MOTION 6-speed manual: R210 900
2.5 TDI 128kW 6-speed manual: R199 900
2.5 TDI 128kW 6-speed tiptronic: R215 900
3.2 V6 6-speed tiptronic: R215 900
Single Cab Long-Wheel-Base
1.9 TDI 77 kW 5-speed manual: R167 900
2.5 TDI 96 kW 6-speed manual:R187 900
2.5 TDI 96 kW 4MOTION 6-speed manual: R215 900
2.5 TDI 128kW 6-speed manual: R204 900
2.5 TDI 128kW 6-speed tiptronic: R220 900
3.2 V6 6-speed tiptronic: R220 900
Double Cab Long-Wheel-Base
1.9 TDI 77 kW 5-speed manual: R175 900
2.5 TDI 96 kW 6-speed manual: R195 900
2.5 TDI 96 kW 4MOTION 6-speed manual: R223 900
2.5 TDI 128kW 6-speed manual: R212 900
2.5 TDI 128kW 6-speed tiptronic: R228 900
3.2 V6 6-speed tiptronic: R228 900