Ask someone to picture a van and chances are they’ll imagine a classic white Ford Transit. In reality, though, there are multitude of different van types that suit different needs. Volkswagen currently has a great range of vans, including the Amarok pickup truck, the smaller Caddy range, or the larger Crafter panel van. Read on to find out which Volkswagen is right for you.
The Volkswagen Amarok has won Auto Express’s best pickup truck for the past two years. It finds the right balance between power, fuel economy, and functionality, though the lack of options the range offers are often lamented. All of the models use a 2.0-litre diesel engine which, while seemingly lacking behind its competitors on paper, has proven to punch above its weight where it matters. The Amarok can be equipped with Volkswagen’s Bluemotion Technologies which aim to cut fuel consumption and reduce harmful emissions in order to improve overall efficiency. Despite a limited feature set on the inside, the Amarok does come with a range of aesthetic modifications which make it an ideal choice for those looking for an everyday vehicle.
Volkswagen’s Caddy line has served as the company’s main entry in the compact van market since 1978. In fact, the first generation Caddy was deemed so reliable that the company still sold the model all the way up to 2003. We’re now in the fourth generation of the product line and the latest range is powered by a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine with performance spanning 73 bhp to 147 kW. This new Caddy is specifically designed for inner-city delivery runs and sports a new, EU6 engine with over 70 mpg. For the first time, buyers also have the option of including Adaptive Cruise Control with the vehicle too.
The Volkswagen Crafter shares its chassis and overall body shape with the stylish Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. While it does lack the premium feel of the Sprinter, the vehicle has received high customer satisfaction ratings over its comfort levels. Where the Crafter really shines is its hefty gross vehicle mass which comes in increments of 3,000kg, 3,500kg, and 5,000kg. Another way the Crafter stands out is with its strong fuel efficiency of 39.8mpg. The line is powered by a 2.0-litre turbodiesel engines, with performance spanning 109 bhp to 163bhp.
Those in the market for a new van will be hard pressed not to find a suitable option in Volkswagen’s catalogue. All of these vehicles are amongst the best in their class and are available from popular lenders. Whichever model you end up choosing, you’ll be sure to be happy with your decision.