Petrol engines for the Volkswagen Transporter

Volkswagen's decision to offer Transporter buyers an alternative to diesel power is a real sign of the times.

Two new four-cylinder, turbocharged TSI petrol engines – which both have a displacement of 2.0 litres – are available now for all variants including the California camper van and Caravelle Executive.

Volkswagen Transporter Highline Panel Van (2017) Front Side

They're differentiated by their outputs and transmissions. The first version, with 148 bhp (110 kW / 150 PS) and 280 Nm (206 lb/ft) of peak torque, comes mated to a six-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel drive.

If those figures don't seem high enough, then the second option boasts 201 bhp (150 kW / 204 PS) and 350 Nm (258 lb/ft). It's combined with a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission and a choice of either front-wheel drive or 4Motion all-wheel drive.

Increasing threats of emissions taxes and city-centre diesel bans mean the petrol models could appeal particularly to urban operators.

Transporter TSI list prices (they start from £22,625 excluding VAT) are cheaper than their diesel equivalents, so low-mileage users are another target market. For them, a reduced initial outlay is going to more than offset the higher costs caused by petrol's inherently worse fuel economy.

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