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The Volkswagen Transporter is one of the most distinctive and iconic vehicles on the road, and when it comes to choice there is an abundance of options. Volkswagen offers a number of configurations, with short and long-wheelbase options (3,000mm and 3,400mm), low-, medium and high-roof heights (1,990mm, 2,176mm and 2,476mm), weights from 2.6 tonnes to 3.2 tonnes, as well as five different body types – panel van, crew cab, chassis cab, minibus and the much-loved camper van.

It's certainly a comprehensive range, and that's before you take into account the five engine choices, with 83bhp, 100bhp and 112bhp versions getting a five-speed manual gearbox, and higher-powered 138bhp and 176bhp models using a six-speed manual box as standard.

The range is extremely flexible, however, one thing you can't necessarily specify is the dual-clutch DSG as, like the VW four-wheel-drive 4Motion system, the automatic gearbox is only available on the higher-powered 180PS BiTDI and 140PS models.

Maximum load volume is 5.8m³, rising to 9.3m³ for long-wheelbase variants and ranges from 729kg to 1,333kg maximum capacity.

 
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Summary

The Transporter has been the one mainstay in the Volkswagen line-up since its launch in 1950, serving everyone, from small ‘man and a van’ operators to the big blue chips. It’s a respected van that seems to tick all the right boxes - after all, 10 million customers can’t be wrong.

Volkswagen’s traditional strengths of a great driving experience, high build quality and safety have been carried through with the T5, and serve as a reason why this is a firm favourite with owner-drivers.

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