Company Van Today - Issue 7 - Autumn 2018

distinctly painful 23.4mpg, anything less than an upturn in efficiency would have had us reaching for the bus timetable for shorter trips. Improve it did, reaching a high of 31.7mpg in the summer, this despite most trips being accompanied by the air-conditioning on full blast in an attempt to cool the huge cabin and the youngest family member. It was the size of this cabin, and the feeling that the air-conditioning was just heating or cooling the load bay, that led to me thinking about the need for a bulkhead. I’ve not been carrying valuable or heavy tools in the back, but the flat floor means that loose items could have quite easily rolled all the way from the back to the front part of the cabin. There is the option to remove the seats to turn the Kombi into a part-time panel van, but such is the size of the seats, I haven’t even tried to shift them. The need simply hasn’t arisen, and I imagine it probably wouldn’t for many small companies the majority of the time. As I’ve touched on in previous reports, the other small thing I’d have liked to add to the Transporter would be a second sliding door on the driver’s side for ease of access to the back seats. As someone who parks in town, side-hinged rear doors would be a bonus at times given the size of the top-hinged door, but the standard parking sensors kick in early enough to make sure you can stop in plenty of time to get the tailgate fully up and open. Other than that, the spec has been perfect, and truly befitting of a vehicle that is aiming to be an all-rounder. The high-quality media system and handily placed USB socket have made navigation and entertainment on the move a dream, while the majority of the storage in the front has been handily placed. If I’m being picky, the cupholders are small and not big enough in number for a vehicle designed to take a team likely to be out and about at work all day. Overall, though, the Transporter is a fine vehicle, and the petrol engine makes it entertaining at times. On the rare moments you forget about the fuel economy and put your foot down, it even sounds quite good under acceleration. This doesn’t stop it being an excellent family vehicle, and this is probably the petrol engine’s best use – low mileage owners who want to take the step away from diesel. For those that accept that the fuel still has its place in a modern commercial vehicle, then diesel is by far the better option. With the similarly powered diesel only costing £1000 more (before VAT) and promising economy that is 50% better, it is hard to make the financial case for choosing the petrol engine, in the short term at least. TomWebster VOLKSWAGEN TRANSPORTER Youngest Webster was a fan ● The bottle holder was an intriguing added extra to the usefulness of the dashboard, but we never used it, preferring to pop bottles in the door pocket ● The arrival of a new operating system on my phone meant I was able to stream more functions on to the sat nav screen TESTER’S NOTES FINAL REPORT My time with the Transporter is sadly at an end, and it will be sorely missed by all members of the Webster family (we think – the smallest one doesn’t say much, but she seemed to fall asleep in it fairly readily). The one person who will breathe a slight sigh of relief is my accountant. I’ve just totted up my total fuel spend while the Transporter has been in my custody, and it came to just over £1300, with a per-mile cost of 21.5p on petrol alone. Overall, the fuel economy improved over the nine months it was with us, but as the first two tanks returned 26.3mpg and a SPECS MODEL: VW Transporter Kombi Highline T32 SWB 2.0 TSI 150hp PRICE: £29,050 (ex VAT) OFFICIAL ECONOMY: 30.4mpg OUR AVERAGE MPG: 27.3mpg OPTIONS: (inc. VAT): Discover Media nav, £1116; heated front seats, £318, plus others REVIEW COMPANY VAN TODAY.CO.UK 21 FOLLOW THE WHOLE STORY of the VW Transporter’s time with us at companyvantoday. The latest news from our long-term fleet Our fleet Petrol VWwas entertaining but a bit thirsty