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Volkswagen Transporter T6.1 review

Costs & verdict

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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Safety features across the van industry 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 new features like Crosswind Assist are added to the standard equipment on the T6.1.

While not all standard, adaptive cruise control with lane-keeping assistance, parking assistance and trailer assistance are just some of the new safety and driver comfort systems which have been added to the new van. They’re all a big step forward for the Transporter, and while the lane-keeping assistance only provides an additional layer of safety by gently guiding the vehicle between the lines for a few seconds to allow you to take proper control, it’s a useful safety system to have.

The Trendline model strikes the best balance between equipment and affordability, bringing useful features such as the touchscreen infotainment system, 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 at the top end the Transporter is one of the most expensive medium-sized vans on the market.

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Verdict

This 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
  • Passenger car safety equipment
  • A true classic
  • Very basic entry-level van
  • Bland to drive compared with rivals
  • Adding extras can be expensive