Cab comfort for vans has long lagged behind that of cars, and it isn’t difficult to understand why.
Vans are primarily a business tool and their ability to do the job with low operating costs has been a priority.
However, our Transporter seems to have a few concessions to comfort.
The optional SE pack provides air conditioning and it has electric windows.
The driver’s seat has height adjustment as well as forward and backward adjustment for the base and the seatback. The steering wheel also adjusts for height and reach.
There should be no reason for me to be uncomfortable behind the wheel, but the addition of a full steel bulkhead limits how far back the seat can travel, and in my case it isn’t quite far enough.
Raising the seat slightly means it can be reclined a little further, but ideally I’d be happier with more movement.
I was a little concerned that a 600-mile round trip (where the Transporter would be put to work using all of its 5.8 cu m cargo area) could cause problems with backache, and wondered whether some physiotherapy might have been necessary at the end of the job.
Fortunately, I needn’t have worried. It took long motorway stretches in its stride and is also relatively easy to manoeuvre around town.
Carrying a load hasn’t hurt fuel consumption too much, either, with the trip computer settling at around 38mpg. This is around 15% lower than the official combined cycle figure.
The bespoke gearing of the Bluemotion model is paying dividends when it comes to fuel economy and it hasn’t had an adverse effect on how the van feels to drive.
We have only a month left to run with the Transporter, but already we’re won over by this capable van and the merits of the Bluemotion fuel-saving technology.