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					                                                                                                            National Roads and Motorists’                  No. 651
V                                                  ROAD TEST REPORT                                         Association Limited
                                                                                                            ABN 77 000 010 506

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                                                        By Andrew Skidmore
    MEMBER SERVICES                                       August
                                                        NRMA Project Engineer                               NRMA Member Services                     June 2002

VW TRANSPORTER
TDI300 2.5 litre turbocharged diesel manual

                          FEATURES
              BEST                           WORST
 Responsive engine                 Interior noise
 Spacious load area                Basic seat shape
 Fuel economy                      Average level of equipment

   Volkswagen’s Transporter range of light         vehicles. The Transporter evaluated for this
commercial vehicles has enjoyed considerable       report exhibited quite good paint quality and
                                                                                                         VW TRANSPORTER TDI300
popularity since its release almost 10 years       the level of detail finish was more than                              SPECIFICATIONS
ago. Transporters are spacious vehicles that       adequate for a commercial vehicle.                  ENGINE:
have good load carrying ability and versatility,     Our test vehicle was fitted with an accessory     Type ..............Five cylinder, in-line, 10 valves
and offer a range of petrol and diesel engine      rubber mat for the load area. The mat is a          Capacity in litres..................................... 2.461
options. The Transporter line-up has consisted     sensible addition that should help to protect       Induction ...................................Turbocharged
of both single and dual cab cab chassis, long      the painted surface of the cargo floor as well      Fuel .......................................................Diesel
and short wheelbase vans, and even four wheel      as reducing the likelihood of items sliding         Claimed max. power ........ 75 kW at 3500 rpm
drive synchro variants.                            around. Unfortunately, there are no tie down        Claimed max. torque ...... 250 Nm at 1900 rpm
   The latest addition to the Transporter range    points located in the rear cargo area which         Specific power output.................30.5 kW/litre
is a limited release of just 300 specially         makes it difficult to restrain some loads.          TRANSMISSION:
equipped short wheelbase vans called the             Volkswagen’s Transporter features quite           Type .................................. Five speed manual
TDI300.       The TDI300 is powered by             basic seating for the driver and the front          Driving wheels ....................................... Front
Volkswagen’s 2.5 litre turbocharged five           passenger. The seats are individual buckets         Speed per 1000 rpm in top gear....... 42.1 km/h
cylinder diesel engine that produces 75 kW of      that are positioned high off the floor and allow    WHEELS: .....................Alloy, 6.0J x 15 inch
power and importantly a maximum torque             walk through access to the cargo area. While        TYRES: ....................................... 195/70 R15
figure of 250 Nm from 1900 to 2300 rpm.            the seats allow good forward vision, they           Spare: ............................Full size steel wheel
   The limited edition TDI300 comes standard       provide little support and I found them quite       STEERING:
with a number of typically optional features       uncomfortable after extended periods behind         Type ............... Power assisted rack and pinion
not found on other Transporter models. Some        the wheel. The seats allow no adjustment for        Turns lock to lock....................................... 3.6
of the standard features found on the TDI300       height, lumbar support or seat base angle.          Turning circle (measured) .............11.5 metres
include driver and passenger airbags, anti-lock      The driving position in the Transporter is        DIMENSIONS:
brakes (ABS) with four wheel discs, 15 inch        high and upright. With limited seat adjustment      Mass ................................................... 1630 kg
alloy wheels (steel spare), power steering,        and a fixed steering column (no tilt or reach       Length .............................................. 5107 mm
radio cassette player, five speed manual           adjustment) some drivers may find the driving       Width (incl. mirrors 2175 mm) ........ 1840 mm
transmission and cloth trim.                The    position a bit of a compromise. All the             Height............................................... 1940 mm
recommended retail price for the TDI300 is         instruments are clearly visible and the controls    Ground clearance (measured)............. 170 mm
the same as the standard short wheelbase TDI       are easy to operate. With the seat positioned       Seating capacity ............................................ 2
Transporter, $33,690 plus dealer and on road       high off the floor I found the gearlever slightly   Fuel tank capacity............................... 80 litres
costs.                                             too short. Otherwise, the TDI300 is an easy         TOWING:
   In addition there are a number of factory       vehicle to drive.                                   Max. towed mass (trailer plus load)........ 2000 kg
options available for the Transporter. These         The 2.5 litre turbo diesel engine that powers     Max. towball download........................ 100 kg
include air conditioning ($2600), central          the TDI300 is an impressive engine that             NRMA THEFT RATING:
locking ($835) and rear wing doors ($455) that     delivers good performance and fuel economy.         Points on 0-110 scale (high score best) ...... n/a
allow forklift access for loading and unloading    The Transporter is still a bit sluggish off the     WARRANTY: .........Three years, 100 000 km
of the vehicle.                                    mark, but once it gathers some momentum and         MANUFACTURED IN:.................. Germany
   The Transporter has excellent load carrying     with moderate engine revs, it is particularly
ability, both in terms of available space and      responsive.                                                           TEST RESULTS
payload. The rear load area is accessible by a       The TDI300 steers and handles quite well          ACCELERATION:
large sliding side door and a one-piece rear       for a commercial vehicle. The suspension            50 - 80 km/h (in 3rd) ............................ 5.0 sec
hatch (rear wing doors optional). The internal     provides a comfortable ride and the relatively      60 -100 km/h (in 3rd) ................................. n/a
cargo length is around 2500 mm and the width       wide wheel track helps to give the vehicle          0 - 80 km/h ........................................... 9.7 sec
between the wheel arches is approximately          good stability. The addition of anti-lock           0 - 100 km/h ....................................... 15.8 sec
1200 mm. Additionally, the Transporter has a       brakes is a welcome safety feature. Interior        0 - 400 metres..................................... 19.6 sec
relatively low cargo floor height of just over     noise levels are quite high as the sound tends      FUEL CONSUMPTION:
500 mm that helps with loading of the vehicle.     to resonate in the rear load area.                  Litres/100 km in city .................................. 9.4
With an unladen weight of 1630 kg, the             SUMMARY:                                            Litres/100 km on highway.......................... 6.8
Transporter can carry a payload of 1170 kg.          Volkswagen’s Transporter offers a spacious        Litres/100 km overall ................................. 8.1
   Although the Transporter is a functional        load carrying area and a generous payload.          BRAKING:
vehicle, as is reflected in its boxy shape, the    The TDI300 is a limited release of 300              Distance to stop from 80 km/h ......30.7 metres
short bonnet gives it a snub nosed appearance      vehicles, equipped with a number of extra           NOISE:
that is pleasant and reasonably modern. The        features for no additional charge. All TDI300s      Interior at constant 80 km/h.............. 75 dB(A)
five spoke alloy wheels that are standard on       are powered by a 2.5 litre turbocharged diesel
the TDI300 definitely give the vehicle a visual    engine that is a responsive performer and              •   Test vehicle supplied by Volkswagen
                                                                                                                   Group Australia Pty Ltd
lift and distinguish it from many other work       delivers good fuel economy.
Call NRMA Technical Advice on 1300 655 443, should you require additional information on this vehicle, on other
makes, or for general advice on automotive matters.

				
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