If you're looking for a diesel engine in the Transporter range (considering the torque and fuel consumption aspects, you really wouldn't want a petrol), you only have one displacement to "choose" from: 2 liters. However, there are plenty of power levels available: 84, 102, 140 and 180 hp.
We went for the 140 hp version, with the engine being mated to a six-speed manual gearbox (we'd recommend the DSG double-clutch gearbox though).
This version of the powerplant has enough grunt for all the occasions and keeps the turbo lag at a decent level, while the gearbox comes with ratios that keep a good balance between efficiency and acceleration, allowing you to keep up with the traffic and overtake without too much trouble.
The vehicle we tested also came with VW's 4Motion four-wheel-drive system, which really does it's job, both on and off the road. You do feel that it is the front axle that's wearing the pants here, but the job is done. In our test car's case, things were a bit boosted, as we had the option to lock the rear differential.
We took the vehicle pretty far off from the asphalt's borders and we were pleased by its abilities. Yes, you won't get proper off-roading assets, but considering the package that this is part of, things look and feel good.Continue reading
VW Multivan technical data summary
Engine: 1968 cm3 cc L4 Diesel
Dimensions: 4982mm/ 16.34 ft length / 1904mm/ 6.26 ft width / 1575mm/ 5.15 ft (low roof model) height
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