VW Transporter Models Explained

The VW Transporter T6 is the 6th edition of the Volkswagen Transporter vans and successor to the still hugely-popular T5 Transporter. So how does it compare?

While based on the T5’s 7H/7J platform the T6 boasts a variety of neat updates like the innovative dashboard arrangement that comes in two versions – comfort and standard. Unlike the previous model, the T6 features a new front-end ahead of the windscreen as well as aesthetic revisions to the rear and tailgate doors and rear lights. 

If you are looking to invest in one of the T6 vans you have come to the right place. This article looks into respective pro’s and con’s of the different VW Transporter models in the series to help you make sure your decision is an educated one. 

Different Size Options Available

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When planning to buy a van, the first thing to decide what you need from it and how you will use it. Additionally, ensure you have a rough idea of the longest, tallest, heaviest, or widest load you will likely have to get into the van. To help you decide which T6 van options you should get, here is a quick guide on different sizes available on the market.

Selecting your new van shouldn’t be too much of a head-scratcher. First step, think of the maximum height and length of your load so that you can choose your minimum roof height and wheelbase length. Another factor to consider is the maximum weight of the load you will need to carry. 

The T6 has three size options available for you: 

  • Short wheelbase low roof: This option comes with 5.8 cubic meters of load area volume and accommodates load width of 1,700mm, length of 2,572mm, and height of 1,410mm. 
  • Long wheelbase low roof: It is a little bigger than the first option, thanks to its 6.7 cubic meters of load area volume, and accommodates longer load also compared to the first option.
  • Long wheelbase high roof: Last but not least, we have the biggest van, with a whopping 9.3 cubic meters load area volume. While the load width and length remain the same, this van can accommodate a load of 1,940mm height. 

Now let’s have a look at some of the VW Transporter Models available on the market today. 


The Startline is one of the leading models in the T6 series. It is also the most affordable despite the fact that it comes with all the basic features of the other models in the series, including exterior and interior design upgrades, larger alloys, and other refinements including LED lights. 


The VW Transporter comes with some great features, including: 

  • 4 passive speakers
  • Multi-function display/on-board computer with Mobile interface 
  • App-Connect for both iOS and Android for giving hands-free mobile services 
  • Power steering 
  • Electric front windows for both driver and passenger 
  • Heated door mirrors, auto adjustments from inside 
  • Remote central locking on each door 
  • The hard-wearing leather trim on the steering wheel 
  • Hard-wearing rubber floor lining 
  • Interior LED lighting 


The Trendline comes with features building on the strengths of the previous model in the series, the Startline. It offers a wide range of chic, technological, and practical items. By choosing the most popular options possible and blending them into one handy pack, this model offers fantastic value compared to ordering each item separately. 

As a driver, you have the luxury of an armrest by the passenger seat, foldable gran handles, a waste bin for door packets, twin sun visors with vanity mirrors, dimmable dashboard illumination, two-tone horns as well as extra noise suppression techniques.

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  • Rear parking sensors 
  • Heated door mirrors, auto adjustment from inside 
  • Steel 16 inches wheels 
  • Body-colored door mirrors & bumpers 
  • Electric front windows on both the driver and passenger sides 
  • 12v socket X 2 
  • Single front passenger seat layout 
  • Driver’s armrest 
  • 6.5 inches touchscreen as standard with integrated DAB radio, Two USB and Bluetooth connections 
  • Sliding side door on the passenger side 
  • Cruise control 
  • Comfort pack that includes extra sound deadening for a quieter and calm ride
  • Passenger armrest 


The Highline comes with some great features that make it well worth consideration for anyone looking to get a new van. 

It has a maximum payload of around 880 with a gross weight of around 1800. It’s length of 4904cm makes it one of the best transporter vans on the market. 

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  • Load lashing rings 
  • Air-conditioning 
  • Power steering 
  • Electric front windows 
  • Alarm system 
  • Front fog lights inbuilt cornering function 
  • Remote central locking 
  • App-Connect for both iOS and Android mobile devices
  • Adaptive speed limiter cruise control 
  • Hard wearing rubber floor lining 
  • Wipers and headlights with electronic setting 
  • Electric, heated, and folding door mirrors 
  • Interior LED lighting 
  • Parking sensors both rear and front
  • Steering wheel adjustment 


The VW Transporter Edition model has tried to push the panel van upmarket thanks to its piles on the additional kit for an extra luxurious experience. It has a spec boost in terms of a well-equipped model and comes with a wide range of features at an affordable cost. 

It comes with trinkets that are normally optional extras in other transporter vans as well as LED headlights, parking sensors, and Front Assist and City Emergency Braking systems. As the 6th generation VW Transporter, the Edition model is durable, high quality, drivability, and has top-of-the-line engine performance.

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  • LED headlights 
  • Subtle style 
  • Front Assist and City Emergency Braking systems 
  • Discover Media Navigation system 
  • Front and rear parking sensors 
  • 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox 


Like a fine wine, this 6th generation VW Transporter van has significantly improved with age and is quickly becoming an icon in the field of commercial vans. It is available in a long or short wheelbase panel van or multipurpose kombi, each with an array of great specs that guarantee seamless progress with the 7-speed dual-clutch direct-shift gearbox. 

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  • Front bumper spoiler 
  • Carbon fiber door mirror covers 
  • Sportline badging 
  • Lowered suspension 
  • Rear roof spoiler 
  • Sidebars with puddle lights 
  • Manual side sliding door on the driver side with power latching 


The VW Transporter Kombi model is best known as part-people and part-van carrier. It is based on Volkswagen’s commercial vans, retaining their trademark sliding side doors and rear opening, but with the interior fittings of a vehicle. The van is extremely popular amongst taxi drivers but the concept is now designed increasingly towards families needing that extra little bit of space.

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  • App-Connect 
  • Auto air conditioning system 
  • Forward collision warning 
  • Heated front windscreen 
  • Wing mirrors 
  • Armrest for right front seat 
  • Cruise control