Volkswagen Transporters Models Explained

Here at Complete Campers Southwest we love our Volkswagen Campervans. However they can be quiet confusing to unravel with all the different models. and changes down the years. So we have decide to put together  some relevant information explaining the differences.  Below is a list of all the Volkswagen Transporter Campervan models. We hope this helps you make an informed decision when purchasing your dream campervan.

 VW Transporter T4

 The Volkswagen Transporter T4, manufactured from 1990 to 2000, boasts a distinctive style that sets it apart. Easily identifiable by its 'H' registration plate up to 03 plate, this iconic van has left a lasting mark on the automotive industry.  The Volkswagen T4 revolutionized the industry as the first Volkswagen van equipped with a front-mounted, water-cooled engine. Renowned for its reliability, the T4 stands as a testament to Volkswagen's commitment to quality.


VW Transporter T5

 The Volkswagen Transporter T5 manufactured from 2003 to 2010  is a legendary model that has stood the test of time. Recognizable by its unique design, distinguishing a T5 from a T5.1 can be challenging. The primary variance lies in the front end, including lights, bumper, grill, bonnet, and wing mirrors.

 VW Transporter T5.1

The Volkswagen  Transporter T5.1 manufactured from 2010 to 2015, the Transporter T5.1 Known as the T5 face lift model because, most of the changes were purely cosmetic. With a more modern looking front end with new bonnet shape, wing mirrors and new lights. 

 VW Transporter T6 

The Volkswagen Transporter T6  Launched in 2014, the VW Transporter T6  initially built on the Euro 5 engine until September 2016 they moved over to the Euro engine introducing Add Blue and Start Stop technology, Automatic Collision Braking  Further improvements were made from the T5.1 with 2 additional air bags, heated windscreen  and greater sound insulation to reduce road noise, along with some moderate gear box upgrades to offer a smoother gear change.  The Tech in the cab was also overhauled with a 5" Touch Screen Bluetooth system with DAB Radio, and USB points. Apart from some subtle differences cosmetically to the bonnet, grill and light shape, everything else remains the same.

VW Transporter T6.1 

Volkswagen Transporter T6.1 Released in 2019, the VW Transporter T6.1 to the untrained eye seems relatively unchanged.  However the upgraded version of the T6, the T6.1 features significant changes to the front end, including a redesigned more open grille, for better air flow and engine cooling, side repeaters, and striking new modern headlights. The rear of the van remains relatively unchanged, with new sleeker looking light clusters. Some new upgrades to the Cab consist of a new modern look steering wheel, along with a new electro mechanical steering system, giving a lighter more car like experience.   The dash also changes to a more modern sleeker designed with more storage. Additional safety upgrades include, Crosswind Assist and parking Parking Assist. 


Deciphering the Numbers 

We sometimes hear Volkswagen Campervans described with there weight numbers, this can be quiet confusing. We have the explained what these numbers mean below.

WHAT DOES T26 T27 T28 T30 T32 MEAN?

T26, T27, T28, T30, T32 The alphanumeric designations T26 through T32 denote the maximum gross weight of the Transporter, with each number representing the maximum laden weight in tonnes. For example, a T26 has a maximum laden weight of 2.6 tonnes. When considering a camper conversion, it is advisable to opt for a T28 or higher to accommodate additional weight. 

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