The Volkswagen Kombi is about to touch down in South Africa. Here's what's on offer, plus how much you can expect to pay.
Volkswagen Commercial continues its offensive with the arrival of the Kombi. Positioned below the luxurious Caravelle flagship, the Kombi offers genuine 8-seater capability at a more pocket-friendly price.
The Volkswagen Kombi has three engine options. All are 2.0-litre turbodiesel 4-cylinder powerplants but in varying states of tune. Starting off the range in the short wheelbase Trendline is the 81 kW and 250 Nm. VW claims 0-100 kph in 15.5 seconds, with an efficiency claim of 6.9 L/100 km. You can also get this engine in a higher power output of 110 kW and 340 Nm. It's a tad faster at 12 seconds to 100 kph and consumes 6.6 L/100 km. The flagship model offers a biturbo setup (the others are single-turbo setups) and that produces an impressive 146 kW and 450 Nm. It also features 4Motion all-wheel drive and is good for a 0-100 kph time of 9.8 seconds and will consume 8.2 L/100 km. All Kombi models have an 80-litre fuel tank.
The entry-level model features a manual gearbox, while the other two both feature the 7-speed DSG.
When it comes to wheels, the entry-level rides on 16-inch alloys with the other two going the 17-inch route. Features-wise, the Trendline has Electrically adjustable and heated exterior mirrors, Radio "Composition Colour" with 16.51 cm (6.5-inch) color touch screen, 2 USB interfaces (type C) in dashboard, 6 speakers (2 tweeters, 2 woofers, 2 full-range speakers), Leather*-wrapped multi-function steering wheel (3-spoke), Climatic® air-conditioning system in cab, including rear passenger compartment with electronic control, 2nd evaporator and 2nd heating in passenger compartment with ventilation, and H7 twin halogen headlamps.
The flagship Trendline Plus 4Motion Kombi gets the above, plus LED headlamps and LED rear position lamps with headlamp washer system, Cruise control system including speed limiter, Fixed tow bar (incl. trailer stabilisation), Rear-view camera system (static lines), Park Distance Control - front and rear, Climatronic® air-conditioning system in cab, including rear passenger compartment with 2nd evaporator, 2nd heating system, headliner and additional controls in the passenger compartment, Electrically adjustable, heated and folding exterior mirrors, folding possible via vehicle key,
As far as options go, you can get the really cool two-tone paint for R33 300, a more comprehensive Discover Media Navigation infotainment system for R35 900 and for those who really want to go adventuring, there's the option of heavy-duty suspension and shock absorbtion costing R6 800.
We'll be driving the new Volkswagen Kombi in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for a detailed driving impression.
How much does the new Volkswagen Kombi cost?
The vehicle comes with a 5-year/ 60 000km maintenance plan and a 3-year/ 120 000km manufacturer warranty. There's also a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty. The service interval is 15 000km
Volkswagen Kombi 2.0TDI 81kW SWB Trendline R725 900
Volkswagen Kombi 2.0TDI 110kW SWB Trendline R755 300
Volkswagen Kombi 2.0BiTDI 146kW SWB Trendline Plus 4Motion R907 000