Form follows function with the T6 Transporter, so it's not as exciting as the Mercedes V-Class. But there are a few interesting touches. For example, the gaps through which the rear doors slide have been made more interesting to look at.
The most interesting version has to be the "Generation SIX", a limited edition model that copies the red and white color theme of the original models. Volkswagen has also added retro-styled alloys, which are probably from the Beetle. The special edition also boasts two-tone Alcantara seats and a Climatronic climate control system.
The interiorThe changes made from the T5 to the T6 are more easily noticed inside. For starters, the steering wheel looks nearly identical to that of the Golf 7. It's small and gives you the feeling of driving a regular car. Other highlights include a simple but elegant dashboard, metallic accents, and a high-tech infotainment system with a 6.33-inch display.
This last piece is considerably more high-tech than most of its competitors. There's a sensor that allows you to use wiping motions to scroll through lists or browse CD covers from their media library. Navigation is also better integrated.
We were pleasantly surprised by the high-end Multivan model, which came in Highline trim. From the leather seats to the aluminum used thought the cabin, it makes for a great executive shuttle. The all-LED headlights give it plenty of curb appeal while 12-volt sockets dotted throughout ensure laptops and tablets can be charged.
Below that is the Transporter T6 Caravelle, which is not as spartan as a van but not as well equipped as the Multivan. From the outside, it looks almost the same, but the interior has cheaper plastics. This model is great for somebody who wants to go camping or needs the T6 for his motocross weekends. With unpainted plastic bumpers, basic headlights and steel wheels, the primary van is the least impressive to look at.
The new enginesA brand new family of more efficient engines has been introduced. The 2-liter TDI is available in no less than four versions with outputs of 84 PS (62 kW), 102 PS (75 kW), 150 PS (110 kW) and 204 PS (150 kW). That last one is a BiTurbo engine, so the comparison to the 2015 Passat is complete. Petrol engines are also available with outputs of either 150 PS (110 kW) or 204 PS (150 kW).
Both DSG gearboxes and 4Motion all-wheel drive will be available. But that's not as impressive as the fact that you can order adaptive suspension, Light Assist or City Emergency Braking.