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Volkswagen Transporter Kombi Review 2023

The new Volkswagen Transporter Kombi is a versatile, reliable, and spacious van that proves to be a standout choice in the market. It’s one of the most popular medium vans in the UK and offers an extensive array of configurations.

Rivals to the Volkswagen Transporter Kombi include the Ford Transit Custom, Mercedes-Benz Vito and Renault Trafic.

Our Volkswagen Transporter Kombi review covers:

Volkswagen Transporter Kombi Key Features

  • Boasts a sleek and modern design that seamlessly combines form and function
  • Spacious, well-designed interior
  • Payload ranges from 685kg to a maximum of 1217kg
  • 2.0-litre diesel engine in a variety of power outputs
  • Three trim levels are available: Startline, Highline and Sportline

Volkswagen Transporter Kombi Pros and Cons:


  • Versatility
  • Solid Build Quality
  • Strong Performance


  • Road Noise
  • Interior Aesthetics
  • Limited Off-Road Capability

Design, Practicality and Boot Space

The design of the new Volkswagen Transporter Kombi is a harmonious blend of functionality and modern aesthetics. It exhibits clean, sleek lines and an overall contemporary appearance. The front end features the signature Volkswagen grille, flanked by stylish headlights, giving the vehicle a bold and recognizable look. The body is well-proportioned, striking a balance between being visually appealing and functional for its role as a versatile van. The interior design follows a user-centric approach. High-quality materials are used, conveying a sense of durability and refinement. The layout is intuitive, with controls easily accessible, making the driving experience enjoyable and convenient.

Volkswagen Transporter Kombi Exterior

Practicality is a hallmark of the Volkswagen Transporter Kombi. The vehicle is designed to cater to a wide range of needs and lifestyles. One of its most significant practical features is its versatility. The Kombi can be adapted to transport passengers, cargo, or a combination of both. The seating arrangement can be easily adjusted, providing the flexibility to carry passengers comfortably while accommodating cargo when needed. The ample interior space and various storage compartments enhance practicality, allowing for efficient organization of belongings or work-related items. Additionally, the sliding side doors and wide rear tailgate facilitate easy loading and unloading, making it highly practical for various applications.

The new Volkswagen Transporter Kombi offers generous boot space that aligns with its multifunctional nature. The rear cargo area is substantial and can be configured to suit diverse cargo-carrying needs. Maximum interior length ranges from 2572mm for the short models to 2975mm for the long-wheelbase models that's perfect for hauling equipment, luggage, or other items required for business or personal use. In terms of load bay volumes, the range goes from 5.8m3 to 9.3m3 and the payload ranges from 685kg to a maximum of 1217kg. This adaptability makes the Transporter Kombi an excellent choice for those who need to transport larger items while still accommodating passengers when necessary.

Interior and Trims

The interior of the Volkswagen Transporter Kombi is designed to prioritize space and comfort. It offers a roomy cabin that allows passengers to sit comfortably and move around with ease. The ample headroom and legroom contribute to an inviting and pleasant environment.

Volkswagen emphasizes the use of high-quality materials in the interior, ensuring durability and a premium feel. From soft-touch surfaces to quality upholstery options, the interior materials are carefully chosen to enhance the overall aesthetic and longevity of the cabin. The design of the interior is focused on functionality and ease of use. The controls and features are thoughtfully arranged, providing intuitive access to essential functions. The driver-centric layout ensures that the driver can operate the vehicle with minimal distraction.

The Transporter Kombi comes equipped with a modern infotainment system that includes features such as touchscreen displays, smartphone integration, navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, and more. The intuitive interface and user-friendly controls enhance the driving experience.

Three trim levels are available: Startline, Highline and Sportline.

Startline: The base trim often includes essential features such as air conditioning, electric windows, a multifunction steering wheel, DAB radio, and multiple airbags for safety.

Highline: The Highline trim usually represents the top-tier option, incorporating advanced features such as alloy wheels, automatic climate control, upgraded interior finishes, parking sensors, and more safety features.

Sportline: In some versions, there could be a sport-oriented trim, which may include sportier styling elements, performance enhancements, and distinctive interior finishes.

Power and Performance

The Volkswagen Transporter 6.1 is available with a 2.0-litre diesel engine in various power outputs. Starting with the TDI 90, which has 89bhp and takes 17.5 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 62mph, we recommend considering the TDI 110 for a more reasonable pace. The TDI 110 achieves the 0-62mph sprint in 14.3 seconds. Both engines are paired with a five-speed manual gearbox.

For a better balance of power and performance, the TDI 150 with 148bhp is a preferred choice. It's available with a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Additionally, there's an option for 4Motion four-wheel drive. Despite its 0-62mph time of 11.1 seconds, the TDI 150 feels quicker due to its strong low-end torque. It's capable of reaching highway speeds swiftly, handling a fully loaded van with ease and minimizing the need for frequent gear changes. Moreover, it increases the maximum towing capacity from 2200kg to 2500kg.

Volkswagen Transporter Kombi Interior

If more power is desired, the TDI 204 with 201bhp and twin-turbocharging is available, paired with an automatic gearbox and an optional four-wheel-drive system. This variant accelerates from 0 to 62mph in 8.9 seconds. However, it may be on the expensive side, particularly in the top-tier Sportline trim.

A notable advantage of the Transporter T6.1 lies in its composed handling. The steering offers precision during cornering and ensures excellent stability on straight roads, especially when cruising on the motorway.

Overall, the new Volkswagen Transporter Kombi is a well-rounded package, offering an impressive blend of style, versatility, comfort, and performance. It caters to the needs of professionals and families alike, making it a strong contender in the competitive van market, especially. If you're in the market for a reliable, practical, and stylish van, the Transporter Kombi is certainly worth considering.

Leasing vs Buying

The Volkswagen Transporter Kombi is now available for purchase at a starting on-the-road price of £37,332.00*, or it can be leased with monthly payments starting from Price On Request.

If you're considering leasing a Volkswagen Transporter Kombi, we proudly offer excellent car leasing services in the UK. Our leasing deals include a manufacturer's warranty, road tax, breakdown insurance, and free delivery to most areas of the UK mainland (excluding specific regions).

Leasing a Volkswagen Transporter Kombi can often be a more financially advantageous option compared to purchasing outright, thanks to the fixed monthly payments, variable mileage options, low initial rental, and flexible contract durations.

It's important to note that the 'on-the-road' price mentioned includes a year's road fund license, DVLA first registration fee, and a number plate fee. Please be aware that this price is accurate at the time of publication and is subject to change. To get the most up-to-date information, we recommend contacting your nearest retailer.