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VOLKSWAGEN CRAFTER CR35 MWB DIESEL FWD

2.0 TDI 177PS Trendline Business Van

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Technical Data

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Key Features

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeManual
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeDiesel
Fuel Efficiency
Fuel Efficiency37.20mpg
Emissions
Emissions206.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed103mph

Driver Convenience

  • Automatic post collision braking system
  • Cruise control with speed limiter
  • Digital clock
  • Driver alert system
  • Front assist including city emergency braking
  • Lights on warning buzzer
  • Locking fuel cap
  • Rev counter
  • Service indicator

Exterior Features

  • Driver seatbelt warning light
  • Electric windows
  • Indicators in front door mirrors
  • Integral step in front bumper

Interior Features

  • Air recirculation system
  • Centre console storage tray
  • CFCU preparation
  • Charcoal filter
  • Climatic air conditioning
  • Document holder on centre console
  • Drinks holders
  • Electromechanical Servotronic steering
  • Fully adjustable suspension type drivers seat
  • Grab handles on rear entry pillars
  • Height adjustable head restraints
  • Height and reach adjustable steering wheel
  • Illuminated glove compartment with lockable lid
  • Interior light, including 2 reading lights
  • Interior light, switchable by door
  • Storage compartments in doors and in step, right
  • Storage tray on dashboard
  • Without rear side trim panel passenger load compartment

Safety

  • 3 point inertia reel belt on all seats
  • Automatic hazard light with emergency braking
  • Crosswind assist
  • Height adjustable seatbelts for outer cab seats
  • Jack

Security

  • Engine immobiliser
  • Remote central/dead locking

Technical

  • ABS
  • EBA
  • EBD
  • EDL
  • ESP
  • HBA
  • Parking brake - hill hold control
  • TCS

Driver Convenience

Entertainment

Exterior Features

Interior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Safety

Security

Technical

Trim

Wheels

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    Not Available
  • CO2
    206
  • HC
    Not Available
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    Not Available
  • NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    261

Engine and Drive Train

  • Automatic Transmission
    No
  • Bore
    81
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1968
  • Cooling System
    WATER
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Engine Layout
    NORTH SOUTH
  • Engine Make
    Not Available
  • Fuel Delivery
    COMMON RAIL
  • Fuel Type
    DIESEL
  • Gears
    6 SPEED
  • Manual Transmission
    Yes
  • Stroke
    95.5
  • Valve gear
    SOHC

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC
    No
  • EC Combined
    36.2
  • EC Extra Urban
    38.7
  • EC Urban
    32.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    10
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
    11.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
    8.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
    10.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    8.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    28.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High
    24.1
  • WLTP - MPG - High
    33.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Low
    27.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    32.1

General

  • Alternator Amps
    110
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicles safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    2.0
  • Badge Power
    177
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Battery AH
    72
  • Battery Volts
    12
  • Chassis Engine Number
    Not Available
  • Clutch
    SINGLE DRY PLATE
  • Coin Description
    Not Available
  • Coin Gross Vehicle Weight Code
    Not Available
  • Coin Power Output Code
    Not Available
  • Coin Series
    Not Available
  • Coin Wheelbase Description Code
    Not Available
  • Coin Wheelbase Name Code
    Not Available
  • Exhaust System
    CATALYTIC CONVERTER
  • Front Brakes
    VENTILATED DISCS
  • Front Suspension
    LEAF SPRINGS
  • Ghost model for valuation purposes
    No
  • Hand Brake
    REAR WHEELS
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Rear Brakes
    DISCS
  • Rear Suspension
    PARABOLIC LEAF SPRINGS
  • Running Cost League Headings
    Not Available
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    12
  • Service Interval Mileage
    12000
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    Unlimited
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Steering
    PAS RACK AND PINION
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    N1
  • Vin/Frame No.
    Not Available

Performance

  • 0 to 62
    Not Available
  • BHP
    177
  • Engine Power KW
    130
  • Engine Power RPM
    3600
  • Engine Torque LBS.FT
    302
  • Engine Torque MKG
    41.8
  • Engine Torque NM
    410
  • Engine Torque RPM
    1500
  • Top Speed
    103

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    NEDC Correlated

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    No
  • Automatic Clutch
    No
  • Plated 3rd Axle
    Not Available
  • Plated 4th Axle
    Not Available
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Make
    Not Available
  • Tyre Size Front
    205/75 R16C
  • Tyre Size Rear
    205/75 R16C
  • Tyre Size Spare
    FULL SIZE
  • Wheel Style
    Not Available
  • Wheel Type
    16" STEEL

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Front Overhang
    1000
  • Height
    2355
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    5986
  • Load Deck Height
    570
  • Load Height
    1726
  • Load Length
    3450
  • Load Space Width Between Wheel Arches
    1380
  • Load Width
    1832
  • Lower Rear Door Width
    1552
  • Rear Door Height
    1605
  • Rear Overhang
    1346
  • Side Load Door Height
    1587
  • Side Load Door Width
    1311
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    Not Available
  • Turning Circle - Wall to Wall
    13.6
  • Wheelbase
    3640
  • Width (excluding mirrors)
    2040
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2427

Weight and Capacities

  • Boot Capacity Saloons
    Not Available
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    75
  • Gross Train Weight
    6000
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    3500
  • Load Space Volume
    9.9
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 2nd Row Seats Removed
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 2nd Row Seats Up
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Down
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Removed
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Up
    Not Available
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    3000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    2265
  • No. of Seats
    3
  • Payload
    1235
  • Plated 2nd Axle
    2100
  • Plated Front Axle
    1800

There are many large vans that claim to be all things to all people but Volkswagen's improved Crafter range comes closer than most, as Jonathan Crouch reports.

Background

A really large van is the kind of thing your business will need for its heaviest, most awkward loads. The kind of vehicle that, as a result, is likely to get the toughest day-to-day treatment. Such an LCV will also require quite a substantial initial outlay, money you'll want to preserve as far as possible in resale value when the time comes to sell. For all these reasons, when considering a van of this kind, it's tempting to stretch yourself a little and go with the quality option, even if it costs a little more. In this market, that tends to mean either a Mercedes Sprinter or this contender, Volkswagen's Crafter. Both these LCVs ride on the same fundemental underpinnings but are quite different in their approach. We're looking here at a revised version of the Crafter, a vehicle now manufacturered at a bespoke plant created in Poland for its assembly. The Volkswagen also offers slightly more economical running costs, which, along with a lower up-front asking price, explains its established appeal in Britain's biggest LCV sector. It's a position that Volkswagen hopes will be strengthened by the enhancements made to this improved version, which now features a smarter look. The changes are timely, with rivals like Ford's latest generation full-sized Transit now commanding increasing sales in the Crafter's large van segment. This Volkswagen though, now has plenty to offer in response, enough, the Wolfsburg brand hopes, to keep its place near the top of its class, building on a large van heritage for the company which stretches all the way back to 1975. Let's put it to the test.

Driving Experience

Once you settle into driving a large van like this, it's a very commanding experience. You sit high up in quite a car-like position thanks to the upright steering wheel, enjoying a supportive seat that's equipped with an armrest to prop a weary elbow on over longer trips. A pity then, that earlier Crafter engines tended to be relatively ponderous. That's not the case anymore thanks to far-reaching changes under the bonnet of this revised version and the adoption of a freshly designed electro-mechanical steering system.. Engine changes centre around the installation of a freshly-designed 2.0-litre TDI diesel unit, available to 102, 122 and 140PS outputs, plus there's a potent bi-turbo version putting out 177PS. All the engines will get you and your load where you need to be with deceptive speed. The smoothness and pulling power of this 2.0-litre unit is something that operators familiar with the old version may well notice in the first half a mile of use, even in the entry-level 102PS variant. Customers have a choice between front, rear and all-wheel drive (4MOTION), as well as the option of a manual or automatic gearbox. Power arrives low in the rev range so that you don't have to row the thing along with the gear lever so much in town. On the open road, overtaking's easy too. It's the main reason why this vehicle has so much towing power too, all Crafters able to haul a braked trailer grossing at up to 2,000kgs. Further up the range, the differences with what went before are even greater, the top-flight twin-turbo 177PS BiTDI variant offering around 400Nm of torque.

Design and Build

This Crafter now features a smarter front end intended to bring the design more into line with the stylistic look of company's smaller Transporter and Caddy van models. Moving inside is easy, thanks to a low step and a large door opening. And once in the cab, well, it's much as before. Volkswagen's designers had a chance with this enhanced model to brighten up the working environment. They haven't really taken it, but there is a smarter, higher quality feel about the interior these days, thanks to a smart instrument cluster with cool white illumination and darker, practical upholstery that'll be hardwearing. As you'd expect, two or three people can comfortably travel side by side in the front, but if you're not using the middle seat, you can pull down its centre section and turn it into a table complete with two upholders and a pen-holder - ideal if you've paperwork to complete or if you're stopping somewhere to have a bite of lunch. The driver's seat is multi-adjustable and the wheel can adjust for reach and rake, so it's easy to get comfortable. Once you are, there's plenty of space for all your odds and ends, with storage spaces aplenty. You get a large bin in each of the doors big enough to store a large road atlas and a 1.5-litre drinks bottle. Then there are large shelves above the windscreen and more shelves (one of which is big enough for an A4-sized clipboard) on top of the fascia. There are no fewer than five cupholders for that morning trip to McDonalds and a handy dash-mounted clip to deal with stray paperwork. You also get a large glovebox that can be air-conditioned to keep drinks cool. And useful jacket hooks on the B-pillars.

Market and Model

Prices? Well, excluding the dreaded VAT, they lie mainly in the £30,000-£35,000 bracket that you might expect for this class of large van, though in today's cut-throat market, that is slightly more than you'd pay for some mainstream rivals. Specific figures will depend on your specific answer to the rather spooky question of which Crafter. Essentially, there are four standard model ranges within the Crafter line-up - panel van, window van, the choice of chassis cab or double cab and, if none of that satisfies, a series of 'off the shelf' conversions to create things like dropside, tipper and Luton bodies based on the single or doublecab chassis. With that issue decided, you've then to choose your vehicle weight. Popular is the 'CR35' model, a moniker that designates a 3.5-tonne gross vehicle weight. Alternatively, there are CR30 and CR50 variants offering three or five-tonne weights. Next up, you've to choose your wheelbase: most buyers choose the Medium wheelbase variant, but you can also select 'Short', 'Long' or 'Maxi' variants with an extra 400mm of length. There are also three roof heights - 'normal', 'high' and 'super-high'. All Crafter models are decently equipped and can now be ordered with more sophisticated infotainment systems and greater degrees of electronic safety. Active driver assistance systems include ESP with trailer stabilisation, ACC Adaptive Cruise Control, a post-collision braking system, a side wind compensation system and a trailer manoeuvring assistant system. Buyers might also also want a reversing camera, a parking distance monitor and a Rear Traffic Alert system. Optional LED headlights, cornering lights and a Light Assist set-up can ensure a clear view of the road ahead at night, while the Crafter can also now come with online services tailored to the specific needs of customers.

Practicalities and Costs

So, how practical will this Crafter prove to be in everyday use? Well, the twin rear doors can be swung out in the usual way - to 90-degrees or onwards to 180-degrees if you release the stays. There's a reasonably low loading height which can be as little as 670mm and once you get your goods inside, the space available will of course depend upon your choice of wheelbase - short, medium, long or Maxi. And you'll also need to carefully select your roof height, the choice being between normal, high or super-high, equating to interior roof heights of 1.65m, 1.94m and 2.14m respectively. There are four load compartment lengths varying between 2,600mm and 4,700mm. Load volumes vary between 7.5 and 17 cubic metres. The load width is 1780mm, narrowing to 1350mm between the wheelboxes. Payload capacity, now increased, will of course depend on your choice of Gross Vehicle Weight - 3.0, 3.5 or 5.0 tonnes, depending on whether you choose a CR30, CR35 or CR50 model. Across these three variants, payloads (which have been increased thanks to the lighter engine) now vary between 1,044 and 2,693kgs. In other words, if you select your Crater carefully, pretty much everything you're going to want to carry will fit, the largest models able to swallow up to five euro pallets. A sliding side door is standard with a second on the options list and it's worth pointing out that the height and width aperture of this is big enough for those pallets to be loaded in at the side. To keep your cargo from moving about, there are two load lashing rings on the B-pillar and between six and twelve floor-mounted ones, depending upon the vehicle length. If you forget to use them and everything slides forward, then you'll be glad of the standard full height bulkhead separating the load area from the cab. Half-height plastic panels are provided on the doors to try and protect the cargo bay but there's really no substitute for a proper ply-lining kit to cover the whole area properly. I'd also want to tick the box for the tailored floor covering. Running costs of course will depend on the engine and Gross Vehicle Weight you select but whichever Crafter you choose, you'll find the 2.0 TDI Euro6 diesel engine to be extremely frugal, whether you choose it in 102, 122, 140 or 177PS guise. As a guide, you can expect to average somewhere between 32 and 36mpg in this vehicle on the combined cycle, depending upon the variant you're in.

Summary

Is there a better quality large panel van out there than the Volkswagen Crafter? Assuming you prefer the Volkswagen's engine range and pricing structure to that of its Mercedes Sprinter stablemate, then you'd have to say not. The only issue this vehicle used to have centred upon its running costs, but these are now amongst the most efficient in the class thanks to the adoption of a far cleaner and more frugal set of Euro6 2.0 TDI diesel engines. Yes, the Crafter is priced at a premium compared to rivals but you can see and feel where the extra money goes. Forward-thinking businesses will accept this on the basis that residual values are very strong and the whole vehicle feels - and is - built to last, enabling companies to spread the up-front sticker price over a longer operating period. In ten years time, we'd wager that this vehicle will still be going strong at a point when most of its rivals will be falling to pieces. Enough said.

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