2019 Volkswagen Crafter Video Road Review by 'Company Vehicle' Monday, 10 December 2018
Volkswagen’s mega-van – the Crafter, a name which literally translates from German to ‘worker’ – has come of age. A new design, new levels of technology, new transmission, intelligent and efficient engine selection and most tellingly, a new price positioning, makes for a new Crafter in every sense.
Crafter comes ready to work and to provide a comfortable place for that work to be done, an all-new AGR-certified suspension seat ensures all-day driveability with a familiar, confidence-inspiring seat position providing outstanding headroom, visibility and ease of access.
While the Crafter is ‘blind’ in its standard guise, the driver is not, with a full wrap around sensor-based side protection system and a reversing camera connected to the standard 8-inch multifunction screen.
And speaking of multifunctional, the Crafter’s steering wheel – even in the entry level versions – is right up there in terms of equipment. Audio and cruise control, Bluetooth telephony, voice command, vehicle data – it’s all here, and you can specify a heated steering wheel too, to match the electrically heated exterior mirrors.
The engine is the tried and true two-litre powerplant, which gives fantastic levels of useful power and torque via an 8-speed automatic DSG transmission, ensuring the best performance from the 103kW/340Nm engine, whether the van is carrying its four to six Euro pallets of cargo or nothing at all.
The 2019 Crafter features the latest in driver assist systems, making it one of the best in class for sophistication in this regard. Side wind steering compensation, automatic post collision braking system, trailer maneuvering assist, Park pilot and the usual array of safety features are part of the tools of trade for this worker.
Naturally, there is a Crafter for every application, front, rear or 4MOTION all-wheel-drive and up to three body lengths and heights – and a raft of specific options – to suit your business requirements.