Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has introduced a more stylish Sportline model to the range of its latest Transporter T6.1 van.

Key changes on this new top-spec model concern styling, with the Sportline benefitting from 30mm lowered suspension, illuminated side bars and gloss black 18-inch alloy wheels. You also get a bold red strip that runs along the front grille, a large rear spoiler and a more prominent front bumper.

Prices for the new Transporter T6.1 start from £42,940, excluding VAT, with all models also getting more equipment included as standard. Highlights include leather and suede heated seats with honeycomb stitching, a reversing camera, digital cockpit system and a large eight-inch media system with satellite navigation, smartphone mirroring and DAB radio. A range of driver assistance tech is also available, including LED headlights, adaptive cruise control and front and rear parking sensors.

Volkswagen is also offering a new Sportline Black Edition grade, which is available from £45,190. This brings matte black details to the side bars and alloy wheels, as well as tinted windows and an Eibach coilover suspension setup. You also get a larger 9.2-inch touchscreen system as well.

All new Sportline models will come with a turbocharged 2.0-litre diesel engine producing a punchy 201bhp, paired to a seven-speed DSG automatic transmission. Volkswagen says this allows the Transporter to reach 60mph in just 8.7 seconds and hit a top speed of 126mph.

The new model is also available in both short and long wheelbase guises, as well as a panel van or Kombi guise – the latter offering a set of rear seats and windows.

Order books for the new Transporter T6.1 Sportline are set to open later this March, with first deliveries expected from July.

Ted Welford


March 19, 2021