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VW Transporter Review, For Sale, Colours, Interior, Models & Specs

Better known in Australia as the Kombi, Volkswagen's Transporter range has been an integral part of the brand's commercial arm since the 1950s, as well as a big part of local folklore.

Probably best known for the rear-engined, air-cooled T1 and T2, the Transporter was thrust into the modern world with the launch of the T4 in 1990, which saw a water-cooled engine moved to the front of the van.

The latest version, the T6, launched in 2015, and heralded derivatives including the Multivan and Caravelle, ranging from the $41,990 Transporter TDI250 SWB to the $61,590 Transporter TDI450 LWB 4Motion (3.2T) as well as the retro-inspired Generation, which was sold in two-tone guise meant to mimic the original Kombi of the 1950s.

Volkswagen Transporter Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Volkswagen Transporter here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • I am looking for a used van... do you have any recommendations?

    Rather than concentrate on a particular brand, the best advice is to find a vehicle with a full service history and signs that it has lived an easy life. Too often, commercial vehicles like vans are bought by their first owner and used and abused. They’re nearly always purchased with a job in mind, and that job can often wreck them or at least shorten their lives.

    Sometimes, the down-time associated with proper servicing means that maintenance is skipped, other times the sheer weight of the cargo being carried puts a lot of strain on mechanical components. A van that has been used by, say, a pool chemical company might have been exposed to highly corrosive chemicals every day of its life and could be hiding lots of rust. Even a florist’s van might have every nook and cranny filled with potting mix, waiting to become damp and start the rusting process.

    Another good idea is to buy a van that has already been converted to a camper. This conversion is not an inexpensive process, so letting the previous owner spend the money is a terrific concept. Keep an eye on the classifieds for a van that has done a tour of duty with a grey nomad or van-lifer, and is now up for sale as the owner moves on to something new.

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  • Which big family cars do you recommend?

    I don’t believe there’s an SUV that would meet your needs. The best and most sensible solution would be a peoplemover, like a Toyota Tarago, Hyundai iMax, VW Transporter.

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  • No help from VW

    Most manufacturers have what they call "Filled for Life" transmissions, but they can still be serviced. Like you we believe VW should be more transparent when it comes to problems instead of adopting a head-in-the-sand approach, as they appear to do when confronted with a problem.

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  • VW Transporter stops and stalls

    Check the catalytic converter to make sure it hasn’t collapsed internally and is blocking the exhaust flow.

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Volkswagen Transporter Dimensions

The dimensions of the Volkswagen Transporter Commercial and Ute vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2022 Commercial 1990x1904x4804 mm 201 mm
2021 Commercial 1990x1904x4804 mm 201 mm
2020 Commercial 1990x1904x4892 mm 223 mm
2020 Ute 1949x1904x5292 mm
2019 Ute 1949x1904x5292 mm
2019 Commercial 1990x1904x4892 mm 223 mm
2018 Commercial 1990x1904x4892 mm 165 mm
2018 Ute 1949x1904x5292 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Volkswagen Transporter Dimensions

Volkswagen Transporter Accessories

If you buy a Volkswagen Transporter, there's a good chance you will want to customise the van to your specific needs - and there are literally hundreds of ways to personalise the T6.1 model you choose. It's more than just floor mats - there's a high roof model, barn doors, and more.

Volkswagen Transporter Colours

Surprisingly there's an array of different colour options available, but you have to be prepared to pay for them. The added cost for interesting paint colours is high, and even higher if you want colour-coded bumpers.

  • Ascot Grey
  • Candy White
  • Cherry Red
  • Luminous Orange
  • Pure Grey
  • Bay Leaf Green Metallic
  • Copper Bronze Metallic
  • Fortana Red Metallic
  • Indium Grey Metallic
  • Mojave Beige Metallic
  • Ravenna Blue Metallic
  • Reflex Silver Metallic
  • Starlight Blue Metallic
  • Deep Black Pearlescent
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website.

Volkswagen Transporter Wheel Size

The Volkswagen Transporter has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 205x65 R16C for Commercial in 2022.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2022 Commercial 205x65 R16C 205x65 R16C
2021 Commercial 205x65 R16C 205x65 R16C
2020 Ute 205x65 R16 16x6.5 inches 205x65 R16 16x6.5 inches
2020 Commercial 215x65 R16 16x6.5 inches 215x65 R16 16x6.5 inches
2019 Ute 205x65 R16 16x6.5 inches 205x65 R16 16x6.5 inches
2019 Commercial 215x65 R16 16x6.5 inches 215x65 R16 16x6.5 inches
2018 Ute 205x65 R16 16x6.5 inches 205x65 R16 16x6.5 inches
2018 Commercial 215x65 R16 16x6.5 inches 215x65 R16 16x6.5 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Volkswagen Transporter Wheel Sizes

Volkswagen Transporter Seats

Buy the Transporter van, and you get two seats. Get the Crewvan and you get five seats. The single cab has three seats standard, and dual-cab versions have six seats standard. You can option a front bench in the van and single can, offering three seats total.

Volkswagen Transporter Seats

Volkswagen Transporter Towing Capacity

The Volkswagen Transporter has maximum towing capacity of 2500kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2022 Commercial 2500kg 2500kg
2021 Commercial 2500kg 2500kg
2020 Ute 2000kg 2000kg
2020 Commercial 2000kg 2500kg
2019 Ute 2000kg 2000kg
2019 Commercial 2000kg 2200kg
2018 Commercial 2000kg 2000kg
2018 Ute 2000kg 2000kg
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Volkswagen Transporter Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Volkswagen Transporter varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $41,990 and going to $61,590 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2022 Commercial 2.0L, Diesel, 5 SP MAN $41,990 $61,590
2021 Commercial 2.0L, Diesel, 5 SP MAN $29,400 $59,290
2021 2.0L, Diesel, 7 SP AUTO $46,900 $64,350
2020 Commercial 2.0L, Diesel, 5 SP MAN $26,900 $59,070
2020 Ute 2.0L, Diesel, 7 SP AUTO $39,200 $64,240
2020 2.0L, Diesel, 7 SP AUTO $43,600 $59,950
2019 Commercial 2.0L, Diesel, 5 SP MAN $25,700 $54,560
2019 Ute 2.0L, Diesel, 7 SP AUTO $35,400 $60,610
2018 Commercial 2.0L, Diesel, 5 SP MAN $23,500 $50,600
2018 Ute 2.0L, Diesel, 7 SP AUTO $30,800 $54,230
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Volkswagen Transporter Interior

The interior of the VW Transporter is a very practical place, with heaps of storage smarts and clever extras for those who use their van as a mobile office. There's also a standard 6.5-inch touchscreen media system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Volkswagen Transporter Interior

Volkswagen Transporter Fuel Consumption

The Volkswagen Transporter is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by Diesel fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 6.9L/100km for Commercial /Diesel for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2022 Commercial 6.9L/100km 2.0L Diesel 5 SP MAN
2021 Commercial 6.9L/100km 2.0L Diesel 5 SP MAN
2020 Commercial 7.7L/100km 2.0L Diesel 5 SP MAN
2020 Ute 8.5L/100km 2.0L Diesel 7 SP AUTO
2019 Commercial 7.7L/100km 2.0L Diesel 5 SP MAN
2019 Ute 8.5L/100km 2.0L Diesel 7 SP AUTO
2018 Commercial 7.5L/100km 2.0L Diesel 5 SP MAN
2018 Ute 8.5L/100km 2.0L Diesel 7 SP AUTO
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Volkswagen Transporter Speed

There is no 0-100 acceleration time offered by VW, but rest assured that if you care about acceleration, the TDI450 4Motion models will scratch that itch.