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Volkswagen Crafter Van 2018 review: snapshot

EXPERT RATING
8
The Volkswagen Crafter van is a light commercial vehicle that's available as a medium wheelbase, long wheelbase or long wheelbase-with-overhang van in a variety of mechanical specifications.

The Volkswagen Crafter van is a light commercial vehicle that's available as a medium wheelbase, long wheelbase or long wheelbase-with-overhang van in a variety of mechanical specifications.

It's also offered in three roof heights; standard, high and super high. A twin-rear wheel version is also available.

It's powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine in two trims; a single turbo version makes 103kW and 340Nm, while a twin-turbo version of the same engine produces 130kW and 410Nm. It's available with either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic gearbox. It can be ordered in FWD, AWD or RWD versions.

It's priced from $48,490 and tops out at $71,490.

The third generation Crafter launched in 2017, and is now entirely produced by Volkswagen. Previous generations were rebadged Mercedes-Benz Sprinters. The Crafter is available in 59 variants, based on three platform sizes (MWB, LWB and LWB with overhang), three body styles (single row van, single row cab-chassis and dual-row cab-chassis) and with four powertrain combos (103kW/340Nm with 6sp manual or 8spd auto, and 130kW/410Nm with 6sp manual or 8sp auto).

The Crafter is fitted with AEB, side wind assist and front/rear parking sensors and rear camera as standard, along with automatic headlights, air con, an eight-inch multimedia infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and rubber floor lining.

Range and Specs

VehicleSpecsPrice*
35 TDI 300 LWB 2.0L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN No recent listings 2018 Volkswagen Crafter 2018 35 TDI 300 LWB Pricing and Specs
35 TDI 300 MWB 2.0L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN No recent listings 2018 Volkswagen Crafter 2018 35 TDI 300 MWB Pricing and Specs
35 TDI 300 RUNNER MWB 2.0L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN No recent listings 2018 Volkswagen Crafter 2018 35 TDI 300 RUNNER MWB Pricing and Specs
35 TDI 340 4MOTION LWB SUP H/R 2.0L, Diesel, 8 SP AUTO No recent listings 2018 Volkswagen Crafter 2018 35 TDI 340 4MOTION LWB SUP H/R Pricing and Specs
EXPERT RATING
8
Tim Robson
Contributing Journalist

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