The Volkswagen Transporter is the best-selling van in history with over 12 million units sold worldwide. So, if you’re planning on buying or hiring one, you’re in popular company.

The van is based on the Volkswagen Group‘s T platform, now in its seventh generation, and refers to a series of vans produced for over 70 years and marketed worldwide. The T generations are sequentially named T1, T2, T3, T4, T5, T6 and T7.

Size counts

The payload weight of a Volkswagen Transporter varies depending on the specific model and configuration.  VW offers the Transporter in two wheelbases, with three roof heights and four gross vehicle weights, delivering load volumes of 5.8m3 to 9.3m3 with maximum payloads of between 772kg and 1,309kg.

For example, the capacity of the Transporter T6.1, ranges from approximately 730 kg (1609 lbs) to 1,308 kg (2885 lbs), depending on the model variant making it a powerful workhorse for any business owner.


This payload capacity includes the weight of passengers, cargo, and any accessories or modifications added to the vehicle. If you’re planning on using the van for exceptionally heavy loads, it’s recommended to consult the van’s manual or check VW’s website for the most accurate and up-to-date information.

Optimal VW driving tips

  • Maintain a steady speed: Consistently driving at a moderate speed can improve fuel efficiency. Avoid unnecessary acceleration and braking whenever possible.
  • Reduce vehicle weight: Remove any unnecessary items from your vehicle, as extra weight can decrease fuel efficiency. Also, consider removing roof racks or cargo carriers when not in use.
  • Keep tyres properly inflated: Underinflated tyres can increase fuel consumption. Regularly check the pressure and maintain it at the recommended level.
  • Avoid excessive idling: If you’re going to be parked for more than a minute, it’s generally more fuel-efficient to turn off the engine and restart when you’re ready to move again.
  • Plan your trips efficiently: Combine multiple errands into one trip to minimise unnecessary driving. Avoid rush hour traffic or use navigation systems that provide real-time traffic updates to help you find the most efficient routes.
  • Use air conditioning wisely: Running the air conditioning system can increase fuel consumption. When possible, use the vehicle’s ventilation system or open windows to cool down the interior.
  • Regular maintenance: Follow VW’s recommended maintenance schedule. Properly maintained vehicles tend to perform more efficiently; if you are hiring a van from PACE you can confidently rely on our servicing team to handover a well-maintained model.

We’re always happy to answer queries about our fleet if you’re unsure which van is best suited to your needs. Give us a call for a van discussion!

Contact Pace Van Hire

Contact Pace Van Hire

Give us a call on 020 7277 9853 with any questions and we’ll help you hire a van that’s right for you.

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