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Volkswagen Transporter

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The Volkswagen Transporter Double Cab has been designed to offer a truly multi-purpose package.  It has a large flat load area with dropsides for transporting cargo from A to B, it is big enough to accommodate 6 people comfortably and it has a reliable and economical TDI engine.  Perfect for a business partner and a good choice for all round practicality.

On the outside the Transporter Double Cab really has two very different looks – from the front there is the typically VW robust bumper, a large windscreen and rear view mirrors, headlights and a front grill which houses the VW badge in the middle – uniform and standard looking just like the VW Crew Bus or Panel Van.  But, viewed from the side, the vehicle takes on the characteristics of a Double Cab pickup until you reach the back, where the large flat loader gives this hard-working Transporter the look and feel of a work-horse.  The re-inforced load compartment is 2169mm long and 1940mm wide and has a fold-able aluminium tail and side gates.  The vehicle has a ground clearance of 165mm and makes a turning circle in 13.2 metres.  There is a choice of either 16” or 17” steel wheels and a tow bar preparation including trailer stabilisation is optional.

The VW Transporter Double Cab boasts a comfortable interior.  It has the capacity to accommodate 6 people inside, configured as: row 1 - front driver seat and next to that a 2-seater front passenger bench; row 2 - a 3-seater bench seat.  The vehicle comes standard with a radio/CD (MP3), a 4 speaker system, antenna integrated in exterior mirrors, Climatic air-conditioning system (semi-automatic) for cab, power steering, electrically adjustable windows for the front and electrically adjustable and heated exterior mirrors.  There is a rubber floor in the cab and the front doors have two stowage pockets each with cup holders and the cab doors have their own bottle holders too.  The steering wheel is height and depth adjustable to suit all body types.  For a little extra luxury the communications package can be specified which includes a multifunction leather steering wheel, leather gearshift lever and handbrake, VW's RCD310 base sound system with AUX-IN socket, Bluetooth cellphone prep and MFA (which will tell you outside air temp, fuel economy, time etc).

It stands to reason that a car like this should have impressive power, economy and torque and the Transporter Double Cab does not disappoint.  Run with reliable and economical TDI engines the Transporter Double Cab comes in 2 different engine variants, namely 75kW TDI (5-speed) or 132kWBiTDI (6-speed).  A third option and top of the range BiTDI Double Cab also has an additional VW 4Motion offering giving great grip on the road.  Buy a vehicle with these specifications and you get a sure-footed car with huge levels of traction.  All are run on 4 cylinders and fuel consumption averages around 7.8 litres/100km.

The Transporter Double Cab has independent wheel suspensions with McPherson-suspension strut in front and with semi-trailing arm and miniblock-springs at the rear.  There is also a hydraulic braking system with inside ventilated disc brakes for front and rear.  Airbags for driver and passengers come as standard and all the usual ESP (with brake assistant and hill hold control), ABS, TCS, EDL, EBD and EBC are included.

Of all the cars for sale in this segment, the VW Transporter Double Cab comes bundled with a class-leading warranty package which includes 2 years/unlimited km Warranty, 15 000km service intervals and a 12 year anti-corrosion Warranty.  Pricing starts at R235 965 for the entry level model and goes up to around R306 316 for the top of the range.

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