Volkswagen Crafter is packing a punch! New stock in – Swiss Vans
The Volkswagen Crafter van is built alongside the Mercedes Sprinter, but the two vans are very different, with all VW’s powered by the firm’s own 2.0-litre TDI engines.
BlueMotion Technology models offer excellent economy and emission levels. The Volkswagen Crafter panel van is offered in three wheelbases with four body lengths and three roof heights, providing a wide range of load volumes and payloads.
Also available in window van, single and double-chassis cab, dropside and tipper, the Volkswagen Crafter is rated at 3,000kg, 3,500kg and 5,000kg GVW, making it ideal for conversions as well as for heavy-load carrying.
In many cases, the Volkswagen Crafter is a better van than the Mercedes Sprinter, with which it shares a chassis and body structure.
The Volkswagen Crafter is powered by a range of 2.0-litre TDI engines, which, though smaller in capacity than Mercedes’ 2.1-litre and 3.0-litre engines, or the 2.3-litre engines used in the Renault Master, offer plenty of power and torque.
The bi-turbo 163bhp engine, in particular ,delivers a very healthy 400Nm of torque, which is more than enough for rapid acceleration in all but the 5,000kg GVW models, and delivers easy cruising at motorway speeds. All Volkswagen Crafter vans use a six-speed manual gearbox driving the rear wheels.
There’s no automatic or DSG option available, unlike the Sprinter’s automatic transmission or the Comfort-Matic automated gearbox in the Fiat Ducato. The Volkswagen Crafter offers assured handling and strong brakes, and the high driving position provides a good view of the road ahead.
If you can put up with using AdBlue however, don’t tow a really big trailer and you’re not frightened by the Volkswagen Crafter’s aggressive looks, then stick the big Volkswagen on your shopping list. We doubt you’ll be disappointed.
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