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.