The New Volkswagen Transporter T6.1
The new Volkswagen Transporter T6.1 is a little more expensive than its superseded model (about $4400), but the upgrades make it well worth the extra money. This is a smoother drive, with the new features greatly improving the safety and comfort on the road.
The new T6.1 boasts a cosmetic upgrade with upgraded halogen headlights, a redesigned front bumper and grille, new fender badging and a new range of classy colours. We are loving the Ascot Grey – a nice change from white and something we don’t see ourselves getting sick of. It looks premium and doesn’t show dirt. We just can’t work out if we want to call it ‘cream’ or ‘beige’ (neither of these options seem to do it justice!).
A redesigned dash panel, new cloth and interior trim, upgraded overhead console, LED interior lights and upgraded multifunction steering wheel bring the cockpit look and feel into 2020’s.
A major technical upgrade focuses on the media system with the T6.1 having a 6.5” colour touchscreen with Bluetooth and AppConnect featuring Apple CarPlay and 2 USB ports. What does this mean for the user? Phone mirroring on your dashboard screen with better phone/car communication and functionality (because handling your phone while driving is so passe!).
The biggest change you’re likely to notice with this new Volkswagen Transporter model is a lighter feel and easier steering. The drive is just smoother. This is thanks to the new electromechanical power steering (a big fancy word that does mean something to the consumer in this instance!).
Other upgrades you’ll never do without again are the automatic headlights with rain sensor wipers. These switch on and off automatically as it starts getting dark/you enter a tunnel/it starts to rain. There’s also a handy dimmable rear-view mirror which will stop you being dazzled if someone behind you forgets to turn off their high beams. Electric folding mirrors will ensure you don’t lose your mirrors when parked. These little luxuries make all the difference in the world when you’re out on the road!
The front assistance with city emergency brakes feature utilises a radar system that detects if someone is slowing down in front of you and automatically slows down the van (or brakes) accordingly. Blind spot monitoring with rear traffic alert means the inside of the side mirrors alert you with an orange light if someone’s in your blind spot. Indicate and the light will start flashing. These are the features that will save you an accident, and maybe even your life. The rear camera is now standard and will make parking your Long Wheel Base a breeze, even in that supermarket carpark.
This vehicle also now comes with upgraded heavy duty suspension as standard (this was another optional extra with the T6 model) and the standard TDI340 engine has 7 more KW in power (a little more oomph when you put your foot down!).
NEW Optional Features:
The Digital Cockpit upgrade with larger sat nav screen, glossy black and silver highlights on the dash and fully wireless Apple Car Play is a great upgrade that’s both functional and aesthetic.
For two great safety upgrades worth investing in, the new adaptive cruise control feature utilises a radar system to slow down your vehicle automatically and maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front. Similarly, the lane assist option stops you from accidentally wandering over the lines into another lane.
Overall, these new upgrades in the Volkswagen Transporter are definitely worth the higher price tag. The benefits far outweigh the costs and will make for even better travel in your Achtung Camper!