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5.6 10 Clean Air Index
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0.6 10 Energy Efficiency Index
0.0 10 Greenhouse Gas Index
Laboratory TestsNMHCNOXNH3COPN
5.910Cold test
7.210Warm test
0.010Cold Ambient test
6.410Highway
Road test
6.010On-Road Drive
6.08On-Road Heavy Load
4.05On-Road Light Load
2.75On-Road Short Trip
1.02Congestion
Robustness
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  • n.a.
  • good
  • adequate
  • marginal
  • weak
  • poor

Comments

This is the area of assessment in which the Transporter most impresses. The exhaust after-treatment system struggles with emissions of Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx) in some of the tests but, otherwise, control of pollutant emissions is very creditable, including that of ammonia (NH3) which is not currently regulated by legislation in Europe. Carbon monoxide emissions are also low, and this contributes to a very respectable score of 5.6 for this part of the rating.

Laboratory TestsEnergy
0.910Cold test
1.610Warm test
0.010Cold Ambient test
0.010Highway
ConsumptionDriving range
Average9.3l100 km768km
Worst-case10.9l100 km644km
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  • n.a.
  • good
  • adequate
  • marginal
  • weak
  • poor

Comments

The Transporter's high weight counts against it when it comes to efficiency, and this is reflected in the worst-case fuel consumption of 11 l/100 km. Points gained in some tests are largely offset by losses in the cold ambient temperature test, the result being a very low overall score and an index of zero.

Greenhouse GasesCO2N2OCH4
0.07Cold test
0.07Warm test
0.07Cold Ambient test
0.07Highway
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  • n.a.
  • good
  • adequate
  • marginal
  • weak
  • poor

Comments

The Transporter controls its emissions of Methane (CH4) very well. However, any points gained for that gas are lost because of the high values of Nitrous Oxide(N2O) which are emitted, and the vehicle ends up with an index of zero for this part of the assessment.

Our verdict

The Volkswagen Transporter was available to the test laboratory only in the form of the 'California', the camper-van variant. This is slightly heavier than the people carrier but the results are likely to be similar. The vehicle has selective catalyst reduction (SCR) for control of NOx and a diesel particulate filter, and these work well, in general. Values of carbon monoxide emissions are also low, and the Transporter scores and impressive 5.6 in the Clean Air Index. However, its energy efficiency is low although it should be borne in mind that, as a people carrier, it can transport several more people than could a large SUV of similar weight. Nevertheless, combined with a poor performance for greenhouse gases, the average index is dragged down and the overall rating is a very modest 1½ star.

Specifications

  • Publication Date 11 2020
  • Tested Car WV2ZZZ7HZLH01XXXX
  • Emissions Class Euro 6d-Temp
  • Tyres 255/45 R18 103 H XL
  • Mass 2,599 kg
  • Engine Size 1,968 cc
  • Engine Power/Torque 146 kW/450 Nm
  • Published CO2 240 g/km