When it comes to working on a site, you’re going to need a vehicle that can hold a lot of pressure and withstand a lot of hard work. You’ll have a multitude of different jobs, and you’ll need something that can ease the burden. A versatile Volkswagen Crafter Dropside might just be the thing for you. With two different wheelbases, three load bed length, and two cab sizes to best suit your business, the Crafter Dropside could suit your business and the way you work down to the ground. It’s more than built for the job.
The Crafter has a widespread volumes and payloads. As mentioned before, with the array of different wheelbases, cab sizes, body lengths, and roof heights, there is a lot of wiggle room to play around with. The smallest model has a 2,600mm-long load bay, while the largest can hold five Euro pallets. They have a 1,300m-wide sliding side door that permits the loading of a Euro pallet at the front of the load space. The choice of a second sliding side door is there for you to take advantage of on the driver’s side. Fixed and removable tow bars were offered, while rear-bumper steps have also been an option.
The Crafter window van comes in medium and long wheelbases with two choices of roofs – this offers seating for up to nine people and any equipment they may possess. All Crafter vans have a full-height steel bulkhead. VW also had a wide range of wooden floor coverings, with hardboard and plywood linings a part of the Crafter’s production.
The Crafter comes with ESC electronic stability control as standard. It also has electronic brake force distribution and a traction control system that assists the driver when roads inevitably get slippery. This is, of course, vital during days where large loads are needed to be hauled to their appropriate destinations.
A passenger airbag could be added, and optional daytime running lights are available. It also contains parking sensors in the front and rear – a reversing camera is also an option that you could have installed. When it comes to reliability, Volkswagen’s are known to perform well – the Crafter comes with a three-year or 100,000 miles warranty.
It’s powered by a host of 2.0-litre TDI engines with plenty of torque and power. It can really pack a punch even though it has a smaller capacity than some of the competitive models. The bi-turbo 163bhp engine, for instance, provides 400Nm of torque, which is more than what’s necessary for rapid acceleration in all but the 5,000kg GVW models. It can more than hold its own in terms of motorway speeds.
All Crafter vans utilize a six-speed manual transmission that drives the rear wheels. While many VW vans have the option of an automatic gearbox, the Crafters stay with a traditional stick shift. Fortunately for drivers of the VW Crafter, they tend to offer assured handling and strong brakes, so those used to an automatic transmission won’t have to worry about the view and the ease with which they drive.
The Crafter’s 2.0 TDI four-cylinder comes in four options: 108bph, 113phb, 135bhp and 161bhp. They all possess high torque outputs. In standard trim, the more powerful engine tends to be the most economical. Volkswagen’s BlueMotion Technology is available regardless of the engine you opt for. It adds cruise control, energy recuperation and rolling resistance tires. You can also go for dedicated BlueMotion models based around the 108bhp and 135bhp engines. These models will tend to have less weight and improved aerodynamics, but can only be ordered as a short-panel van. The BlueMotion Technology can return up to 42mpg with CO2 emissions of just 176g/km.
With all of this information at your disposal – and much more on our site – you may feel as though the time has come to commit to a new vehicle. Why not make the VW Crafter Dropside your next purchase? If you feel as though it’s the right decision for you, then don’t hesitate to browse through our collection.