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The Volkswagen T6.1 Transporter range has entered 2022 unchanged, but for higher prices.

Prices are up by $3000 across the entire range compared with those announced at the T6.1’s launch.

“As with a number of brands, inflationary pressures are going to be felt eventually,” said a spokesperson for Volkswagen Australia.

“There was pricing pressure throughout 2021 from which the customer was insulated.

“No order placed before January 1 is affected and the great majority of current orders on most model lines were made before then.”

Volkswagen continues to offer its Transporter line in a choice of short- or long-wheelbase van, five-seat Crewvan, and single- or dual-cab chassis body styles.

There’s also a choice of three different tunes for the 2.0-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine and, unusually for this segment, a choice of front- or all-wheel drive.


Transporter SWB Van

  • SWB TDI250 5MT: $41,990
  • SWB TDI340 6MT: $44,990
  • SWB TDI340 DSG: $47,990
  • SWB TDI340 DSG 4Motion: $50,990
  • SWB TDI450 DSG: $53,990
  • SWB TDI450 DSG 4Motion: $56,990

Transporter LWB Van

  • LWB TDI340 6MT: $47,990
  • LWB TDI340 DSG: $50,990
  • LWB TDI340 DSG 4Motion: $53,990
  • LWB TDI450 DSG: $56,990
  • LWB TDI450 DSG 4Motion: $59,990

Transporter Crewvan

  • SWB TDI340 DSG: $54,490
  • SWB TDI340 DSG 4Motion: $57,490
  • LWB TDI340 DSG: $57,490
  • LWB TDI340 DSG 4Motion: $60,490

Transporter Chassis – with factory tray

  • Single Cab LWB TDI450 DSG: $58,490
  • Dual Cab LWB TDI450 DSG: $60,490
  • Single Cab LWB TDI450 DSG 4Motion: $61,490
  • Dual Cab LWB TDI450 DSG 4Motion: $63,490

All prices are before on-road costs.


All Transporter models are powered by a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine in varying states of tune.

The TDI250 produces 81kW of power and 250Nm of torque, and is exclusively mated to a five-speed manual.

TDI340 models develop 110kW and 340Nm and offer a choice of six-speed manual and seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic options, with the latter also available with 4Motion all-wheel drive.

Finally, the TDI450 develops 146kW and 450Nm and is solely available with a DSG, with the option of 4Motion all-wheel drive as well.

Fuel Consumption

Fuel economy for the 2022 Volkswagen Transporter varies based on model. Combined cycle figures for the range are:

  • TDI250: 6.9L/100km
  • TDI450 van: 7.3L/100km
  • TDI340 manual van, TDI450 dual-cab chassis: 7.5L/100km
  • TDI450 single-cab chassis: 7.6L/100km
  • TDI450 4Motion van: 8.0L/100km
  • TDI340 FWD and 4Motion van and Crewvan; TDI450 4Motion dual-cab: 8.3L/100km
  • TDI450 single-cab 4Motion: 8.4L/100km

Front-wheel drive TDI340 and TDI450 models require AdBlue.

All models have an 80L fuel tank except the TDI250, which has a 70L tank.


Short-wheelbase van models measure 4904mm long, 1904mm wide and 1978mm tall, with a 3000mm wheelbase.

Internally, the short-wheelbase variants offer a maximum load length of 2575mm, max load height of 1410mm, and a max load width of 1700mm. There’s also 1244mm between the arches.

The long-wheelbase vans are 5304mm long, 1904mm wide, and 1976mm tall with a 3400mm wheelbase.

Inside, the long-wheelbase van offers a max load length of 2975mm, max load height of 1410mm, max load width of 1700mm, and there’s 1244mm between the arches.

The cab-chassis is 5500mm long, 1994mm wide and 1948mm tall on a 3400mm wheelbase.

Note there are different roof heights available across the range. Payload varies from model to model, from 853kg in the TDI450 single-cab to 1220kg for the TDI340 SWB manual van.

Unbraked and braked towing capacity figures are 750kg and 2500kg, respectively, across the range. Likewise, all models have a 100kg towbar load limit.

Servicing and Warranty

The Volkswagen Commercial range is covered by a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty.

Volkswagen also includes one year of roadside assist.

In addition to capped-price servicing, Volkswagen offers servicing ‘Care Plans’.

It’s offering five-year servicing plans for the cost of three-year plans until June 30, 2022. Plans for front-wheel drive models cost $1400, while those for 4Motion models cost $1600.


The current-generation Transporter hasn’t been tested by ANCAP or Euro NCAP.

However, the entire range gets the following safety equipment as standard:

  • Autonomous emergency braking
  • Driver fatigue detection
  • Front, front-side and curtain airbags

Van and Crewvan models also include:

  • Crosswind assist
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Reversing camera
  • Rear parking sensors

Standard Equipment

Despite the various body styles on offer, the Transporter line-up offers the following common standard equipment:

  • Automatic headlights
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Steel wheels
  • Height-adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with height and reach adjustment
  • ‘Double grid’ cloth seats in Titanium Black
  • 6.5-inch Composition Colour radio system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • LED interior lighting
  • Cruise control with speed limiter
  • Manual air-conditioning
  • Electric folding exterior mirrors

There’s a catalogue of optional features too long to list, including a range of body modifications, roof heights, interior features, load area add-ons, functional equipment, suspension upgrades, and seat conversions.

There are also optional driver assist features like adaptive cruise control, semi-autonomous parking assist, hill descent control and lane-keep assist.

You can even add features like LED headlights, a digital instrument cluster, power sliding doors, and a larger 8.0-inch touchscreen.


The Transporter range is available in a range of solid, metallic and pearlescent finishes. All bar the solid finishes cost an extra $1340.

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William Stopford

William Stopford is an automotive journalist based in Brisbane, Australia. William is a Business/Journalism graduate from the Queensland University of Technology who loves to travel, briefly lived in the US, and has a particular interest in the American car industry.

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