AN INSTANT EYE MAGNET
NEW T6 COMES IN 20 MODELS AND CONTINUES VW LEGEND
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.