It's a universal truth that all business owners can relate to - time is money.  That's why it's so crucial to invest in a reliable, tried, and tested workhorse.  Volkswagen's Crafter range has been a firm favourite in the medium to large van market for some years and for good reason.  Its versatility and robustness make it one of the best in its class.  Read on to discover why buying from the range is a good business idea in our Volkswagen Crafter review article.

Get even the toughest jobs done with ease. 

Flexible, economic and able to handle the daily demands of doing business, the latest Volkswagen Crafter range will get the job done on time, every time. The range's overall sturdiness allows all its derivative to hold up against even the most challenging road conditions, while incredibility fuel-efficient 2.0 litre TDI engines help you save money on refuelling in the long run. 

The Crafter range of vans consists of a stable of workhorses without equal that is sure to become your new star employee.  If you're looking for a van that offers plenty of personalisation options to meet your specific business needs, then the Volkswagen Crafter is the solution. 

There are a variety of options to choose from 

With several dealerships across the country, CFAO Volkswagen brings the full Volkswagen South Africa range to the public through our extensive dealership network.  Whether you're on the lookout for a new (or used) Volkswagen passenger or commercial vehicle, we can help with a considerable stock holding.  There are plenty of vehicles to choose from.  

If you prefer a custom order, we will gladly assist you and help you navigate the ordering process with ease.  When you buy your new vehicle from us, you can expect top-class after-care and a competitive price.  Get in touch with our fantastic F&I team and they will help to put together a deal that suits your budget, whether you're purchasing as a business or individual.  

The Crafter is available in both van and bus conversion-ready versions.  Some of the latest Crafter derivatives include:  

  • The Crafter 35 Panel Van 2.0 TDI 103 kW (MVC)
  • The Crafter 35 Panel Van 2.0 TDI 103 kW (LCV)
  • The Crafter 50 Panel Van 2.0 TDI 103 kW LWB HR
  • The Crafter 50 Bus Conversion ready 2.0 TDI 103 kW LWB HR
  • The Crafter 50 Panel Van 2.0 TDI 103 kW XL
  • The Crafter 50 Bus Conversion ready 2.0 TDI 103 kW XL

Please take note that we won't be focusing on a single Crafter derivative in this article, but aim to give you a quick and easy to digest overview of the range as a whole.  For more specific information on any of these models and more, be sure to get in touch with a CFAO Volkswagen dealer near you.  We also invite you to book a test drive with the Volkswagen Crafter derivative of your choice at the dealer closest to you.  

What to Expect From the Volkswagen Crafter Range: An Overview

Volkswagen’s Crafter 35 Panel Van 2.0 TDI 103 kW (MCV) can be considered this range’s
entry-level derivative. To give you a better idea of what you can come to expect from the rest of
the range, we will provide you with a brief overview of the van and some of its basic features.

If you are interested in learning more about any derivative’s costs, be sure to read our Volkswagen Crafter price article as well.


Basic Derivative Information

● Body shape: Panel van
● Vehicle type: Commercial
● Combined fuel consumption: 7.3 l/100 km
● Urban fuel consumption: 8.8 l/100 km
● Extra urban fuel consumption: 6.5 l/100 km
● Fuel tank capacity: 75 l
● Top speed: 100 km/h (limited)
● Drive wheels: Front-wheel drive
● Engine capacity: 1 968 cm 3
● CO 2 emissions: 193 g/km
● Transmission type: 6-speed manual
● Cylinders: 4
● Power: 103 kW
● Torque: 340 Nm


Basic Derivative Dimensions

● Ground clearance: 195 mm
● Height: 2 355 mm
● Length: 5 986 mm
● Wheelbase: 3 640 mm
● Width (excluding mirrors): 2 040 mm
● Load volume to roof (all seats in place): 9.9 m3


Basic Derivative Features

Standard features of a Crafter 35 Panel Van 2.0 TDI 103 kW (MCV) include, but aren’t limited to,
the following:
● 3 seats
● ‘Austin’ fabric seat trim covers
● Windows with heat-insulating glass
● Radio preparation
● 2 speakers
● Rubber floor in cab
● Electromechanical power steering
● 2x 12 V sockets in cab
● 10 lashing points for load restraint
● Partition
Do you want to learn more about the Crafter range’s specs and features? Read our Volkswagen
Crafter specs article too.

Exterior and Interior Design Review

Despite being produced by the German automaker’s Commercial Vehicle Division, it does take
some of its design cues from the Passenger Vehicle Division. The van has a clean and
professional commercial appearance on the exterior and interior, yet never feels cold and
lacking in personality. Despite what you may have grown to believe about commercial vehicles,
plenty have come to value and focus more on aesthetics in recent years. This includes the latest
Crafter range in the Volkswagen line-up.

The design lines taken from Volkswagen’s passenger vehicle line-up is clear in the current Crafter range. Volkswagen Crafters now boast an air of premium German quality and solidity, making these vans a cut above the rest.

Volkswagen’s DNA is made clear when viewing the Crafter from the outside, thanks to its proud VW badge, dominant headlight clusters and broad radiator grille. Its outward appearance is as professional as its performance. You get to choose from two wheelbases, three distinct roof configurations and three body lengths when ordering the new Crafter that suits your specific business needs.