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Our fleet: Volkswagen Transporter T27 2.0TDI Bluemotion

Volkswagen

Review

Three months in the Volkswagen Transporter Bluemotion have flown by and during that time its work has covered varied tasks, from commuting to carrying to a few long-distance runs.

In that time it has proved surprisingly frugal, often achieving near the official combined figure of 44.8mpg when unladen, and still almost reaching 40mpg when worked hard.

The Bluemotion features would no doubt give it a small advantage over other similar Transporters in the range, but it’s good to see that Volkswagen is pushing the boundaries of fuel economy (along with other van manufacturers) and offering choices that would strike a chord with businesses' environmental policies.

As for comfort, the cab is pretty good for a van.

I recently spent a week in another T5-derived vehicle, the Caravelle Business, which was leather-upholstered and gadget-laden, but the driving experience was similar with the exception of the six-seater’s 180bhp bi-turbo diesel and the seven-speed DSG automatic (although both are offered in the Transporter range).

And it’s no surprise that the Transporter Shuttle is often seen on private-hire airport taxi duty.

One of the options has proved surprisingly useful – as well as providing an excellent non-slip surface, the £125 floor covering is also padded and helps reduce the risk of heavy non-tethered items moving during the journey.

It allowed a number of heavy items of furniture to be moved without incident or damage.

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 15:06

    VW transporters have become a liability to own and operate. One of our 2010 T5 140 BHP has had the following problems, side door fell off 2 weeks old, drive shafts both 30K, rear discs destroyed when siezed on, not under warranty, EGR at 28K second EGR at 63K four goes at the same rust, windscreen paper thin and chips very easily, texture on the sttering wheel is gone by 30K, no temperature gauge or brake pad sensors which were present on the previous T5, have to request a spare wheel, paint that marks if you look at it.. Last year when two came up for renewal we purchased Iloads as the cost of purchase and operation did not live up to the supposed VW quality. Customer service was always hard work and now after 4 and half years VW are still not sorting their EGR valve problems but are happy to try and do the owner for 750 every two years. Another owner has had 6 in three years, VW wanted him to buy a newer van. The T4 was the height of their quality and everything is no the way down. They could be good but it appears parts sales by producing poor quality parts are the priority.

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    • Thomas - 19/05/2015 09:51

      I realy wanted to buy a T5 but after reading the above will rethink perhaps a mercedse Vito would be a better bet

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  • ALEKSANDER PRENGA - 26/08/2015 00:06

    HELLO GUYS I HAVE VW TRANSPORTER BLUEMOTION 2012 .2LITER 114 BREAK ITS THE BEST CAR BUT I AM WONDERING IN WHO MANY KILOMETRES DO I NEED TO CHANGHE THE TIMING BELT DOSE ANY ONE KNOW THE RIGHT UNSWER.

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