Volkswagen Transporter T6.1 review

Category: Medium Van

Section: Costs & verdict

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Volkswagen Transporter 6.1 2020 RHD load bay
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  • Volkswagen Transporter 6.1 2020 RHD front end
  • Volkswagen Transporter 6.1 2020 RHD rear tracking
  • Volkswagen Transporter 6.1 2020 RHD dashboard
  • Volkswagen Transporter 6.1 2020 RHD load bay
  • Volkswagen Transporter 6.1 2020 RHD infotainment
  • Volkswagen Transporter 6.1 2020 RHD front tracking
  • Volkswagen Transporter 6.1 2020 RHD static open
  • Volkswagen Transporter 6.1 2020 RHD front end
  • Volkswagen Transporter 6.1 2020 RHD rear tracking
  • Volkswagen Transporter 6.1 2020 RHD dashboard
  • Volkswagen Transporter 6.1 2020 RHD load bay
  • Volkswagen Transporter 6.1 2020 RHD infotainment

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Across the van industry, innovative safety features have, in recent years, found their way onto the Transporter first. Features including City Emergency Braking (VW's name for Automatic Emergency Braking) and Automatic Post-Collision Braking are fitted as standard on T6 models, and  features like Crosswind Assist make their debut as standard equipment on the T6.1. While not all come as standard, parking assistance, trailer assistance and adaptive cruise control with lane-keeping assistance are just some of the safety and driver comfort systems available on the Transporter. 

The choice between Startline and Highline trims will come down to budget, but the latter looks decent value. Features such as the touchscreen infotainment system soon become indispensable, while the digital cockpit is a nifty but optional extra that many buyers will soon realise they can’t do without.

All of these options and equipment don't come cheap, though, and while entry-level models undercut the rival Ford Transit Custom, costs quickly escalate, and top-spec Transporters are among the most expensive medium-sized vans on the market.

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Volkswagen Transporter 6.1 2020 RHD infotainment
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Overview

The updated Volkswagen Transporter feels like a coming of age moment for the already formidable T6. Improved connectivity, bigger displays and more safety advancements than ever before make it better than ever, and worthy of consideration by any buyer in the sector.

  • Huge choice of variants
  • Car-like interior
  • Sophisticated safety equipment
  • Very basic entry-level model
  • Bland to drive compared with rivals
  • Adding extras can be expensive