Volkswagen Transporter T5 102 LWB (Sept 2010)



By now most readers should know that I’m pretty impressed with the van on test here, the Volkswagen Transporter T5.

It’s been with us for five months now and during that time I have described is as probably the best light commercial vehicle ever built, an accolade which pretty obviously I don’t bestow lightly.

I’ve been struggling to pick a few faults with the T5, just so as not to make it look as though I’m being paid by the manufacturer to talk it up.

But even my earlier complaint that the seatbelt cut into my partner’s neck on the passenger side proved to be unfounded as we later discovered the belt actually does have a height adjustment. Oops!

I was slighty disappointed with our fuel consumption, which weighed in at 33.4 mpg at first, but since then I’ve been making a conscious effort to drive more carefully and cost-effectively, with the result that this figure has now risen to 37.3mpg – a much more satisfactory state of affairs.

This vehicle may be classed as a medium panel van, but as a long wheelbase variety there is nothing medium about the amount of load space in the rear.

This van will swallow loads up to 2950mm – that’s nine-and-a-half feet to us old ’uns.

One of the great options Volkswagen provided us with is a complete set of ply-lining at £282 inc VAT.

It’s a small price to pay for having a van that’s in pristine condition at the rear when you come to sell it – and will more than pay for itself at that time.

I’ve managed to add more than a few large gouges in the wood during the van’s tenure here at Fleet Towers and, of course, those gouges will completely disappear when the lining is removed.

On the minus side, I could do with a reversing sensor, which unfortunately Volkswagen didn’t provide.

Once you get used to vehicles that beep when you get too close to objects, you don’t ever want to drive ones that don’t any more.


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.

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  • GasmanNI - 11/09/2014 15:37

    Avoid these vehicles are riddled with poor quality components. My expereince is as follows,
    Side door falls off at the front onto my feet, fortunately I had steel toes on. The dealer tells me to drive 30 miles to him with the door dragging.
    Next the EGR fails, giving me the same power as if I was pushing it 24K. 30K both drive shafts need replaced, VW, do you tow with the van? Yes, it has a VW towbar. Texture from the steering wheel worn off by 30K. 34K rear disc calipar seizes, new rear discs and part need at two years old and not covered by warranty, VW blames towing, none of my other which also tow have ever need there rear pads done before the front. Front windscreen is very thin and chips and cracks very easily, windscreen man says,"Rarely did screen in the 03-09 T5 but the new ones are good business, very light screens." 4 1/2 at 63K second EGR fails and I get hit from behind, VW still hasn't sorted poor design.The side door repair has had to be repaired three times for rust, expect to be back again in 18 months, have a good look around the side door handle. Paint work marks even it you just look at it. Any of the Handfree VW products are not supported with software upgrades so as phone move on VW expect you to rip out the VW handfree equipment and fit a new one. Problems with central locking electrics below driver seat, ABS at rear due to poor joints in loom. The whole under shielding is no gone which was present on the 03-09 T5, no battery cover or insulation on the battery. You have to ask for your spare wheel. The tyres supplied on them are of poor quality and struggle to last 10K. Steel wheel will rust by year three. They are prone to wear the shoulder of the tyres even if the tracking is spot on.

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