Volkswagen LT MWB high-roof fridge van



The Volkswagen LT may be due to be replaced by the Crafter in a few months’ time, but there are still plenty of reasons to consider it at buying time until then.

For starters, there’s the price. With a new model already having been revealed, there are bound to be some great fleet deals available.

Then there’s the van itself.

It may be a bit grey round the whiskers in some departments, but that doesn’t mean to say it isn’t still a worthy fleet contender.

The model on test here – the LT35 medium wheelbase high roof freezer van – is a fine example of the amazing variety of options available from Volkswagen and should continue to give good service for a number of years alongside its newer brother.

It weighs in at £21,439 ex-VAT but that doesn’t include the cost of the gubbins at the back end that will keep a cargo fresh until it arrives at its destination.

The Somers unit includes a superfreeze side door with seals, superfreeze door mouldings and seals for the existing rear doors and an overnight standby facility, in addition to a pallet protection kit and non-slip floor.

It costs £5,720 ex-VAT.

Testing this vehicle proved somewhat of a problem as I don’t make a habit of transporting frozen goods from A to B.

But I certainly had no problem with driving impressions.

The LT proves a chunky, macho performer with bags of grunt and an awesome reputation for rock solid reliability.

Our test model didn’t have remote plip locking, which can be a pain in the posterior.

And climbing aboard, the dash looked decidedly dated, especially as I had just been to Germany to drive the LT’s replacement a few days earlier.

But it’s not all bad news.

The LT features a good quality Blaupunkt CD player and ABS brakes are standard.

Paid-for goodies included a driver and passenger airbag at £670, electric heated mirrors at £140 and electric windows at £200 (all prices ex-VAT).

The driver’s seat feels like a slab of concrete when you first sit on it but it proves surprisingly supportive over long distances.

Firing up the 2.5-litre 109bhp powerplant in the morning results in a mighty roar which eventually settles down into a muted rumble.

Acceleration is rather on the torpid side, but with 280lb-ft of torque on offer, there’s no lack of pulling power even on steep slopes.

The floor-mounted gearstick, however, proves a tad notchy – the Crafter has a much slicker dash-mounted shift.

The clutch is a heavy affair which gives the van a hefty truck-like feel.

Official fuel consumption is rated at 36.2mpg but in real-life terms a figure in the high 20s is more likely.


Heavy vans nowadays are tending to have a more car-like feel to them, which I think is a shame.

I enjoy the sheer macho grunt of vehicles like the LT. They won’t be around much longer, so get in quick.

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.