Western Suburbs Weekly - - Drive Way - Robert Buys

FOR more than 60 years, gen­er­a­tions of young Aus­tralians used them as tourist trans­port in Europe and glob­ally more than 12 mil­lion of VW’s Trans­porters have done a ster­ling job in tak­ing goods and peo­ple al­most ev­ery­where.

Now the sixth gen­er­a­tion, cun­ningly called the T6, is ready to con­tinue its iconic path with up­dated fea­tures and new lev­els of style, safety and com­fort.

The range is pretty vast with com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles, van, crew­van, sin­gle cab and dual cab, and the Mul­ti­van and Car­avelle, which are peo­ple movers de­signed for com­mer­cial and pri­vate use.

As well, two dif­fer­ent wheel­bases and three var­ied roof heights are avail­able in van and crew­van, and there are fur­ther choices in trans­mis­sion and en­gine out­put.

The T6s all have a new 2.0-litre diesel en­gine, the sin­gle tur­bos pro­duc­ing 103kW/340Nm or 132kW400Nm and the twin-turbo jobs with 150kW and a hefty 450Nm of torque, plus fuel-sav­ing Blue tech­nol­ogy stan­dard on all vari­ants.

Trans­mis­sions are a six-speed man­ual or seven-speed DSG.

The base Trans­porter in man­ual starts at $38,990 and has se­ri­ous space and power. The tray eclipses that of all utes and only seems out­done by small trucks. There is a dual cab that can ac­com­mo­date six peo­ple and still has a 2169mm long and 1940mm wide alu­minium tray. The three-seater sin­gle cab has just shy of three me­tres of tray length and two wide.

The hero Mul­ti­van with twotone paint that mim­ics the first split-screen Kombi from the 1950s and runs on 18-inch dish al­loy wheels. An in­stant eye mag­net, it could be a mod­ern clas­sic that works out cheaper than its 50year-old brothers, some of which are fetch­ing huge amounts on in­ter­na­tional auc­tions.

On the road the T6s are all civilised and well-ap­pointed. The road noise from the com­mer­cials is min­i­mal. The sus­pen­sion gives a good, firm but com­fort­able ride and wide track gives good road poise in all mod­els.

The Ex­ec­u­tive and Car­avelle come with a host of safety fea­tures like ABS, ESP, lane as­sist, radar-based rear and side de­tec­tion, front brake as­sist at un­der 30km/h and dis­tance-main­tain­ing cruise con­trol.

There is also a 4motion variant with op­tional hill de­scent con­trol.

The pas­sen­ger vans are com­fort­able and from Mul­ti­van to Ex­ec­u­tive there’s the op­tion of a cap­tain’s chair and a ‘raise me’ ta­ble. The seats can be shifted into mul­ti­ple con­fig­u­ra­tions with ease, the rail sys­tem ex­tend­ing all the way through the ve­hi­cle.

Cou­pled with elec­tric doors, it is per­fect for sce­nar­ios ac­com­mo­dat­ing a fam­ily to a band.

There are some 20 mod­els in the T6 range, the top one be­ing the long wheel­base Mul­ti­van Ex­ec­u­tive, which runs to a winc­ing $80,490 be­fore the statu­tory charges – or op­tions.

Fuel econ­omy nat­u­rally varies de­pend­ing on the di­verse uses th­ese ve­hi­cles are put to, but around 6.0litres/100km should be achiev­able.

Ver­dict: The leg­end con­tin­ues.

The Car­avelle is one of the high­spec mod­els in the range.

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