With short and long wheelbases, standard, medium and high roof heights and four trim levels – Startline, Trendline, Highline and Sportline – as just the basic choices, the Volkswagen Transporter is understandably known as a versatile model with hundreds of different configurations and options.
Throw in 4Motion four-wheel-drive variants, as well as single and double-cab chassis, crew vans, minibus and executive shuttle buses, and the possibilities soon become seemingly limitless.
You’ll often hear people refer to Transporters as T1, T2, T3, T4, T5 or T6. These are the various generation of vans, T6 being the sixth and current, but can easily be confused when people label Transporters as T26, T27, T28, T30 or T32. In that case, they are referring to the gross vehicle weight and size of the van.
As a van, the Transporter has many rivals, including the Ford Transit Custom, Mercedes-Benz Vito and Vauxhall Vivaro. However, one version of the Transporter stands alone: the Volkswagen California campervan, which uses the Transporter's chassis and engines, is for many the ultimate motorhome.
For that reason, the Transporter van carries a certain cache that other brands struggle to emulate.