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Volkswagen Transporter T6.1 review

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It’s not uncommon in the tech world to add a '.1' to the end of something to declare an update to an existing version, but, in the van world, it’s never been a thing. The revised Volkswagen Transporter 'T6.1' changes that.

As with most facelifts, the main focus for Volkswagen was on improving the look and feel of the Transporter, rather than changing fundamental components such as its engine or underpinnings. On the styling front, there's a new front grille and bumper – in fact, everything beneath the bonnet line has been reworked – and the headlights have been narrowed and now distinctively merge with the crossbar across the grille.

Among the other big changes brought about with this facelift is a switch to electromechanical steering. The new system is similar to the one used in the larger Volkswagen Crafter, and allows features like lane-keeping assistance and crosswind assist to be added to the mid-sized Transporter. 

All other aspects of the Transporter remain unchanged, with short and long wheelbases, and standard, medium and high roof heights available. There’s still the standard four trim levels – Startline, Trendline, Highline and Sportline – and the option of 4Motion four-wheel-drive as well as standard front-wheel-drive on single and double-cab chassis, crew vans, minibus and executive shuttle buses. A fully electric van will follow later.

Read on to find out more about the Volkswagen Transporter t6.1. And don't forget to visit the What Car? New Car Buying pages for a great deal on your next vehicle.

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