Looking for a version which brings added style into the mix
The Volkswagen Transporter is a van focused on practicality and usability. However, some drivers might be looking for a version which brings added style into the mix, which is where the new Sportline version comes into play.
It’s a version of the Transporter which still has the same excellent fundamentals of the regular van but adds to this with more exterior style touches and an imposing look. Here, we’re going to take a look at what you need to know about it.
You’ve got the same basic 6.1-generation Transporter forming the basis for the Sportline. This means it still features an excellent load capacity as well as a more car-like driving experience than the one you get from many of the Transporter’s rivals.
What the Sportline adds to this is a range of premium extras, from larger alloy wheels to bigger sideskirts and even a rear spoiler for a more dynamic look. For those who want their Transporter to stand out from the crowd, it’ll prove immensely popular.
What’s under the bonnet?
The Sportline is available with Volkswagen’s tried-and-tested 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine. It sends its power to the front wheels through a smooth-shifting DSG automatic gearbox, which is a really helpful feature for those drivers who might spend a lot of time in stop-start traffic.
However, when the roads open up it’s got more than enough performance on its side. In fact, Volkswagen claims that it’ll do 0-60mph in a respectable 8.7 seconds, meaning that this Transporter has a good degree of sportiness to go along with the name.
How does it look?
Aesthetics are where the Sportline really comes into its own. You get a redesigned front bumper, that aforementioned rear spoiler and side bars. Plus, the van’s Eibach suspension has received a drop of 18mm over the standard Transporter, meaning that the Sportline has a more dynamic, road-focused stance.
There are also a series of new exterior colours to opt for, such as Indium Grey and Ravenna Blue, which can be used alongside the red badging and detailing elements to create a striking look.
What’s it like inside?
The changes to the Sportline aren’t restricted to the exterior. In the cabin, you’ll find seats trimmed in nappa leather with contrast honeycomb red stitching, while the Sportline logo has also been etched into the front chairs.
The Sportline is also still available in short and long wheelbases - just the same as the regular Transporter - while the passenger-friendly Combi version can be specified in Sportline trim too.
What’s the spec like?
Sportline vans get plenty of equipment as standard. Highlights include heated seats and a full infotainment system, the latter of which gives easy access to media and navigation functions. This Transporter is also fitted with Volkswagen’s digital dial system, which can be configured to show different readouts as well as essential ones such as speed and range.
A rear-view reversing camera comes fitted as standard too, as do front and rear parking sensors and adaptive cruise control.
The Sportline will prove very attractive for those drivers who want all of the practicality that the standard Transporter affords but fancy a little extra personality. Priced from £42,290, this version also offers good value for money given the level of standard equipment it brings.
Given that it’s available in the same long length options as the standard Transporter too, this Sportline will no doubt go down a treat with all different types of van buyers.