Volkswagen ABT e-Transporter 6.1 review

Category: Medium Van

Section: Performance & drive

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  • Volkswagen ABT eTransporter 6.1 driving
  • Volkswagen ABT eTransporter rear driving
  • Volkswagen ABT eTransporter dash detail
  • Volkswagen ABT eTransporter side door opening
  • Volkswagen ABT eTransporter side view
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Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

For many, driving an electric vehicle is still something of a novelty and one that requires a whole new way of thinking – not least because of a bewildering array of options and menus on the dash. That’s not so much the case here.

Driving modes and regenerative braking options are commonplace on both electric cars and vans, but the ABT e-Transporter has shunned them in favour of a somewhat dialled-down and simplified driving experience. It doesn’t have fancy driving modes and there aren’t any options for regenerative braking. Instead, you simply put the “gear” lever into automatic and drive – just like you would in the DSG automatic version of the diesel van.

As standard, the e-Transporter is limited to 56mph, which does feel a bit too low. However, an option to increase that to 75mph is available. The obvious benefit of the lower limit is that it will help preserve the 82-mile claimed range, but it feels just a few mph short of a sensible speed limit for a medium-sized van on UK roads, and emphasises the e-Transport’s mainly urban focus.

Speed limitations aside, the e-Transporter drives similarly to the diesel model, with its already sharp handling improved by the weight distribution benefits offered by the batteries.

By their very nature, electric vans are quiet, and even by electric vehicle standards the e-Transporter seems quieter still. There’s a whine from the motor at low speeds, but once that is overcome there is just a small amount of road noise.

If you’re not bothered by the simplified, scaled down driving experience then the eTransporter will reward you with an otherwise enjoyable and calming drive.

Volkswagen ABT eTransporter rear driving