Van Leasing Review :

The VW Transporter Kombi

Everyone pile in! Debbie finds out why the VW Transporter Kombi is one of the most popular crew vans available in the UK today

Volkswagen Transporter Lease

The VW Transporter Kombi is a fantastic looking piece of machinery that is yet another example of VW’s ability to bring a touch of class and refinement to the commercial vehicle market. But we’re not just here to talk about how good it looks; we want to know if it’s comfortable, versatile and practical (as any good crew van should be).

So is the new VW Transporter Kombi just what you need? Can it carry all of the ‘troops’ and still have enough load space in the back for everything else? In other words, could it be the perfect van lease for your business? Let’s find out:

Size Matters

Depending on the configuration option you choose, the Transporter Kombi will seat either 5 or 6 (including driver). Either option provides plenty of space for driver and passengers alike and the twin sliding doors provides unrivalled access for passengers that you’re unlikely to find on any other crew van. Access to the load area is via a rear hatch door (with heated window) and again it makes loading and unloading a breeze. There’s a load space of 2.3m3, which obviously isn’t as much space as you’d expect to find in a standard panel van, but is a pretty good compromise when you consider this is a crew van with up to 6 seats. If you want to separate the seating and load area then this is possible with the addition of the optional rear bulkhead.

One simple but extremely handy feature is the folding bench seats in the rear, which provide that extra load space if you’re not running with a full crew.

Creature Comforts

The Transporter Kombi is a comfortable, spacious and easy ride. There’s space for the entire team and seating is soft, comfortable and easily adjustable. With armrests for the driver (and passengers on some models) it sometimes feels like your riding a ‘lazy-boy’ chair down the motorway! 

Storage is important when you have more than the standard 2 or 3 passengers and VW haven’t forgotten this. There’s storage space galore including a lockable glovebox, magazine net, trays for pens, ashtrays, cup holders and even a shelf above the windscreen for your sunglasses! 

Great features as standard are also a plus point of the Kombi, which includes air conditioning, electric windows, electric adjusted mirrors, CD player and central locking on most models. 

On the Road

The old stereotype of minibuses and crew vans being unreliable, noisy and clunky-to-drive definitely don’t apply to the Transporter Kombi. In fact, the Kombi drives more like a car than it does a panel van; the power steering is well weighted, the overall feel is well mannered and refined and the performance is surprisingly lively and spirited (especially in the 2.0TDi we tested). The multi-function steering wheel allows control of the stereo and onboard computer, which is all very intuitive and easy-to-use. Fuel consumption is also surprisingly good for a van of this size, with some models achieving an average of 34mpg. Other driving features include ABS, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Traction Control.

Any little niggles? Just one; in the automatic model we tested it was a bit too easy to accidentally slip the gear lever into Sport position when trying to engage Drive on the dash mounted gear lever. Not a huge issue though.

Without a doubt the greatest asset of the Transporter Kombi is the visibility you get while driving it. With a panoramic windscreen and windows all around, it’s a much more open experience than you’ll be used to driving pretty much any other van out there.

The Verdict

So, is the VW Transporter Kombi the perfect crew van leasing or crew van contract hire deal for you? Put it this way, it’s stylish, flexible, well equipped, practical and refined. If that’s not good enough for you then you’re pretty much stumped! Ok, there’s a couple of little niggles but nothing major. Overall this really is a great van leasing deal.

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