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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