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Friday 29th June 2012

PH Fleet: VW Transporter Kombi Sportline

White vans are the fastest thing on the road, right? This one looks like it ought to be...



A major reshuffle of the PH Fleet beckons, which you'll be reading about in due course. In the meantime we required a bridging loan if you will, something to carry us through a quiet spell in the diary.

White van man about to turn green with envy
White van man about to turn green with envy
Which doesn't sound the most complimentary way to introduce the newest - and admittedly temporary - member of the PH Fleet. But then, it is a van. And vans are meant to be all about function and fulfilling a role.

This one does a bit more than that though.

The bright orange Caddy van I carried over from my previous home to the PH job seemed to get a fairly enthusiastic response when I bid it farewell on these pages. And off the back of that it seems there's a bit of an underground passion for vans on PH. We love 'em for sure, especially ones that look like this!

Wings, bling and lowered ride height
Wings, bling and lowered ride height
Surf's up, etc
OK, it's a tad blingy. But if you're - and I say this through gritted teeth - a 'lifestyle' user like us this Transporter Kombi has much to ease that transition from regular civilian transport to the world of commercial vehicles. And, to be fair, the white on black alloys, Sportline bodykit and other trimmings are the kind of thing to get the home counties surfer crowd trembling in excitement. Newquay here we come and all that...

Surfer or not, there are plenty of PH-worthy activities a van can play a part in, which we'll be exploring in due course. And though many might baulk at the idea of running a commercial vehicle the realities can stack up compared with 'civilian' SUVs and MPVs, not least the ability to claim back the VAT if you qualify and fixed £215 VED. Size-wise the Transporter Kombi is only 97mm longer than a Touareg and actually narrower too. But it makes a whole lot better use of that similar on-road footprint and, kitted out like this one, makes an honest case as an alternative.

The more useful alternative to an SUV?
The more useful alternative to an SUV?
That case is helped by our Transporter's £210 Cab Comfort Pack, which includes extra sound proofing, carpets and - move along - a two-tone horn! Indeed, the spec on this one is positively decadent and includes heated seats (£225), parking sensors (£150), cruise control (£175) and more besides. This in addition to standard Sportline leather seats - removable in the rear if you want to chop and change twixt family transport and proper van duties - and plenty of gadgets like the Kenwood sourced touchscreen infotainment system.

White goods
Making good on those mean black alloys and 30mm lower ride height our van has not one but two turbos, the 2.0-litre diesel motor dishing out 180hp and 295lb ft of torque - good enough for a brisk (relatively) 10.3-second 0-62mph time and more than the 170hp and 258lb ft you get in the Golf GTD! The engine is actually a different one from the ubiquitous 140hp/170hp 2.0-litre TDI seen across the VW, SEAT, Skoda and Audi passenger car ranges and can also be found under the hood of the burly Amarok pick-up. And if it's good enough for that...

Lairy theme continues inside as well
Lairy theme continues inside as well
So much for the number crunching. What possible place does a van have in the PH world? See that tow hook in the options list? There's a clue. Now I'd best go and check the rules about towing...

 

 

 

 

 


FACT SHEET
Car:
2012 VW TRANSPORTER KOMBI Sportline T32 SWB 2.0-litre BiTDI 180 PS
Run by: Dan Trent
On fleet since: July
Mileage:
List price new:
£39,066 (List price of £30,340 plus VAT and delivery, plus Candy White paint/Gloss Black roof - £450, 'cab comfort pack' inc. additional carpets and noise suppression - £210, removable tow bar - £470, 'seat pack C' featuring heated front seats - £225, 'side door pack B' - £440, parking sensors - £150, mud flaps - £95, cruise control - £175; all options prices plus VAT)
Last month at a glance: Just delivered!

 

Dan Trent
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dr_rallye

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So what's the insurance like on these? I assume it doesn't have to be insured as a van?

DoctorX

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40 grand for a bling builders van? What a bargain!

Hellbound

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For that price I'd want the AWD 3.0 DSG.

If it's not a van, it only makes sense as a camper. Still, love the Transporter. I even like the camper version of the Crafter.

I still dream about a Transporter Rockton Expedition camper conversion cloud9

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cccg1ifsJlE

Edited by Hellbound on Friday 29th June 18:41

Changedmyname

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Hellbound said:
For that price I'd want the AWD 3.0 DSG.

If it's not a van, it only makes sense as a camper. Still, love the Transporter. I even like the camper version of the Crafter.
Now that would be interesting,always wondered what my caddy would be like with a petrol/turbo
and AWD.

moskvich427

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Love it! I'd take it on the autobahn and bully Audi drivers smile
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filski666

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Love it, can I have one with a V8?

filski666

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Love it, can I have one with a V8?

trickymex

85 posts

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Nothing quicker than my company van, cheap to run as well as it runs on "I aint paying for it"

Lol

MagicalTrevor

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Leather interior but just look at those 'boggo-spec' rear door panels. They could have at least had them vinyl covered

shortar53

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95 quid for mudflaps? Bloody hell

rtz62

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Oh God....
If a white van travelling up your chuff at v.max on the motorway, driven by a k@€bhead, this means you San have a white van travelling up your chuff at v.max on the motorway with a 5-a-side team of k@€bheads in it.
The only saving grace it will generally out if the price range of aforementioned k@€bheads...

J4CKO

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Which Audi is that going to bully, er, a base A1 ?

Bit of a hollow vicotory beating a 15 grand hatch with a 40 grand van, a Ford Galaxy is a better people mover, having driven both.

MagicalTrevor

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rtz62 said:
Oh God....
If a white van travelling up your chuff at v.max on the motorway, driven by a k@€bhead, this means you San have a white van travelling up your chuff at v.max on the motorway with a 5-a-side team of k@€bheads in it.
The only saving grace it will generally out if the price range of aforementioned k@€bheads...
Knobheads? wink

ruff'n'smov

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Prefer the Transit sport.....so much more everyman

Numeric

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I have a kombi on my list of next cars - perfect for all the crap I carry about. But hanker for a low spec syncro with the greatest power possible - for my preference simple but quick is the way to go (but you can have a lot of fun with the options list, so cruise etc and heated seats for my aged circulation!)

B17NNS

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Nice but silly money.

I'd take a Brabus Benz Vito Sport X instead.

http://www.vitosport.co.uk/vanx.php

Dee Tee

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These do look nice. However,reality bit when i was looking for a Van so i ended up with an Ex-DHL MWB 311 CDI Sprinter. I was going to go to the MBW Sunday Service in it but took the VXR8 GTS instead. The VXR8 is the reason i'm running the Van on 50/50 mix Derv/Cooking Oil. Well,like the Tesco Ad says, "Every little helps" .

va1o

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I like, decent alternative to an MPV if you need the space.

Ed.

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ruff'n'smov said:
Prefer the Transit sport.....so much more everyman
do ford sell more vehicles than vw?

KM666

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Ed. said:
ruff'n'smov said:
Prefer the Transit sport.....so much more everyman
do ford sell more vehicles than vw?
I think they do, I'm sure they tend to take 1st and 2nd place most years with Fiesta and Focus, Vauxhall did well last year too. I suppose as the entire VAG group they might do.
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