Volkswagen Transporter Shuttle T30 SE 2.5 TDI 8-seater — MotorBar Road Test

16 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Volkswagen Transporter Shuttle T30 SE 2.5 TDI 8-seater — MotorBar Road Test


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What do you do if, like couples today on their marriage, you suddenly find the four children you ‘ ve shoehorned into the family have become six children, a and a dog? The answer is simple. Buy a Shuttle.

Unlike the Volkswagen which has seven seats on a unique rail system and very well in the luxury MPV VW’s Transporter Shuttle is in two wheelbases with seating not for eight but up to nine people. In form, the Transporter Shuttle eight with two in the front and two of three behind. The ninth is available as an option and, specified, is located in the front row as a passenger seat.

Ideal for or extended families, it combines with MPV flexibility. Despite larger than the average the 4890mm Transporter is far from To give you an idea of size, actually 7.5 inches longer and 6.4 wider than a Passat

In point of fact, thanks to its screen, fine visibility and driving position, the stylishly Shuttle is amazingly easy to

And, as high as the Shuttle its 1969mm height stays on the side of the horizontal bar to gain into multi-storey car parks. And we did stop, get out and check the first The good news is that easy-sliding rear side mean that what you in interior width you don’t in car park access.

And for some reason we can’t kids just love those sliding doors.

The ‘command and control’ driving has benefits other than of driving. As well as improved the Transporter’s high-riding rear can enjoy the scenery through the windows, with grandstand over walls and hedges. also get their own dedicated air delivered via aircraft style vents and face-level outlets into the door pillars.

into the full-width roof are powerful personal lights enough to read by without

Four advanced TDI PD diesel are available to Shuttle buyers: two units with outputs of 85 and and two five-cylinder 2.5-litre powerplants 130 and 174bhp. The larger engines are with a six-speed manual as standard, with the option of Tiptronic automatic on the TDI PD 130 PS. For extra #151; for example when a boat from a riverbank 4MOTION four-wheel drive is as an option on TDI PD 130 PS versions.

All four use Volkswagen’s proven and award-winning Dьse’ technology. Volkswagen has for a time been at the forefront of technology and its latest system is as ‘Pumpe Dьse’ or ‘PD’ Pumpe Dьse translates as injector’ and describes a fuel system that can operate at of up to 30,000psi.

These higher pressures mean better of fuel and air and allow more and air to be burnt cleanly in each of the catalysed TDI engine, resulting in torque yet little or no change in consumption or CO2 emissions.

Just because you need all room doesn’t mean you to forgo the usual luxuries. In to standard fit items such as traction control, air conditioning, heated mirrors and auto up/down electric windows, kit includes alloy wheels, control, sunroof and heated

Out on the road it won’t take you long to realise just how figures can be. On paper the Shuttle’s time of 11.8 seconds sound especially fast but a muscular 295lb ft of torque at on tap it can really sprint off the line. The 2,460cc 5-cylinder engine is remarkably flexible, pulling all the way across its rev range to provide mid-range and top-end performance.

speed is well above the limit, at 117mph.

W e managed long runs over the of clocking up 600 miles in a few days and saw 41mpg logged by the on-board while we were, as they keeping up with the traffic. this with the official of 44.8 for a steady 56mph. Our average (a fair mix of town and worked out to 32mpg, not far short of figure of 35.3mpg. Which the 17.6-gallon fuel tank can go for over 600 miles between

Again, we are at pains to point out we could have, with lightfooted driving, done

Undoubtedly helping consumption is the sixth gear which 70mph coming up at just making cruising a relaxed And, being a diesel, the is content to waft along at speeds all day long while keeping more than again in hand.

Even at higher motorway there’s very little or wind noise and, of gears, the stubby gearlever is centrally on the dashboard less a hand’s breadth from the rim of the steering wheel and is ideally for quick and easy changes. still, it has a fast, short-throw

Considering the Shuttle’s size, it well with little through corners. The front-wheel set-up ensures handling is and neutral. The ride is comfortable and the rack-and-pinion steering light and providing decent feedback with a surprisingly tight circle.

Visibility benefits large exterior mirrors and the large glass areas, but we appreciated the optional rear sensors (Ј165) fitted to our car.

The Shuttle’s braking features discs all round as standard, a four-channel ABS anti-locking TCS traction control system, EBD brake-pressure distribution (that alters front/rear braking to maximise braking performance) and an differential lock (EDL). pedal feel is good and reassuring. The 215/65 tyres on 6.5J steel wheels grip without compromising comfort.

The cabin is light and with loads of head, elbow and leg room. The front seats proved to be exactly and it is noticeably so on long journeys. front seats have an armrest on each side as as generous height adjustment and lumbar support. All controls are easy reach and ergonomics with logical white-on-black with red needles grouped in a four-dial cluster … of the driver.

Driving at night is more pleasant by decent and restful blue instrument

The optional SatNav, which with a monochrome screen and a trip computer as well as a CD, is definitely worth considering. We it simple to use and you don’t really to look at the manual. It provides guidance and, priced at you’d kick yourself if you tick the box for it to be included. Fitted, sited high up on the centre of the where it’s easy to

Directional navigation graphics are shown on the multifunction display the rev counter and speedometer dials.

the perfect driving position is easy by the height and reach four-spoke steering wheel. to the rear seats is via sliding one either side of the Shuttle. operation is optional. Mesh blinds, neatly integrated the door cappings, are fitted as to all four rear side The sliding side doors have neat sliding which can be locked in any one of five positions.

Each door to reveal a single step into the floor, which not makes entry and exit but safer too, because closed the doors keep the clean and dry.

Eight or nine #151; seats the Shuttle scores when it to practicality. Taking out the rear two of seats (easily done, but are heavy and best lifted by two gives you a huge, flat load space with six load lashing rings in the approximately 96 inches long by 48 wide by five feet

As it happens, one of our staff was in the process of her home the week before we the Shuttle and, naturally, it us an opportunity to try out the load space. It a chunky wardrobe and large with room enough for smaller items. Shuttle should have no problem as light removal men on their

The huge, full-width tailgate up easily on strong rams, getting even large in and out a doddle. It’s also big to provide a welcome shelter loading/unloading in the wet. A convenient helps pull it back afterwards, and the tailgate can also be from inside.

The Shuttle’s has plenty of storage room for including an overhead cubby and pockets at each end of the dashboard, the air vents. Door pockets are accommodating with two rigid in each front door Each front seat has and built-in side pockets.

also a mesh pocket on the side of the dashboard as well as a glovebox inset into the top of the Additionally, there’s a slide out (ideal for coins!) with a of one-size-fits-all can/cup holders.

Safety is well addressed. In to ABS and electronic brakeforce distribution is EBC (Engine Braking Control), Control and an Electronic Differential #151; all standard equipment. is also an optional Electronic Programme #151; a sophisticated that automatically senses any for the vehicle to slide. Should happen, ESP reacts by applying the to one, two, three or all wheels and adjusts the engine’s

In this way, it is possible a skid is corrected even the driver is aware that one has Working in conjunction with ESP is Assist, which makes it even for unskilled drivers to braking distances by around 25 per

Driver and front passenger are, as you’d expect, fit. Side and front airbags are a Ј210 option. The high standards of ride and handling come courtesy of its suspension set-up, advanced features and a highly rigid structure.

Three-point inertia belts are fitted on all seats.

In the Shuttle’s bodyshell features a of crash-safety enhancements. The chassis members act as the main load in the event of a collision and are designed to absorbing impact energy as do so. At collision speeds of up to 9.3mph, the bumper will absorb energy while the body located behind will undamaged.

This means lower repair bills from around-town manoeuvring and knocks.

The cost-per-seat works out well #151; remembering, of that seven seats is the limit #151; with the Shuttle range starting at OTR for the T30 S TDI PD 85 PS with short wheelbase, out at Ј24,926 for the 174bhp long-wheelbase T30 SE TDI PD wheelbase.

If the kids have the nest and you’re feeling the Shuttle is the answer to your And we really must point out how we found it to drive.

VW Transporter T30 SE 2.5 TDI 8-seater | £24 , 280

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