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 derivatives to hold up against even the most challenging road conditions, while incredibly 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 panel van and bus conversion ready versions. Some of the latest Crafter derivatives include:


  • The Crafter 35 Panel Van 2.0 TDI 103 kW (MCV)
  • 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 cm3
  • CO2 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 wheel bases, three distinct roof configurations and three body lengths when ordering the new Crafter that suits your specific business needs.

The perfection with which the Crafter range was assembled is made even clearer when setting foot in its interior. Attention has been given to all aspects of the Crafter cabin’s design, to deliver unrivalled comfort and safety to both the driver and their passengers. Enhanced cabin ergonomics ensure higher levels of ease of use and practicality for all seat occupants, supporting them throughout a challenging day’s work. Some interior improvements include the addition of robust seat upholstery to ensure prolonged durability, a number of storage compartments located throughout the cabin and a revised control panel and instrument cluster.


With the VW Crafter, you get to take a professional space on the road with you. To learn more about the Crafter’s cabin, read our Volkswagen Crafter interior article.


Performance and Practicality Review


Modern vans need to be functional and attractive and the Crafter is exactly that. When it comes to large commercial vehicles, you’d be forgiven for thinking there are no easy to manoeuvre variants. However, the Crafter is. Settle down in the driver’s seat, take it for a spin and you’ll soon find the large van feels the same as a compact VW vehicle like the Golf or Polo in terms of handling and driveability. Space is generous for all seat occupants and cargo alike. It’s never been a bad thing for a large vehicle to feel far smaller than it really is, plus much easier to drive than is initially expected.


Whether you end up choosing one of the front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive derivatives, the Crafter is known for its comfortable and smooth ride, which only improves further when there’s a load in the back. The new Volkswagen Crafter range also offers quick and responsive steering. A six-speed manual gearbox functions nice and slick as well.


The engine in the Crafter is a 2.0 litre TDI and delivers near-instant power and torque, pulling effortlessly when just a few revs above idle. This range’s braking performance is impressive too, considering its high weights.


With the Crafter’s typical loading capacity of between 9.9-17.5 m3, the range can handle every load thrown its way. Its long loading space of up to 4.6 m also ensures that you never leave any cargo behind. When the time comes for loading and unloading cargo, you can access the goods from the rear end of the van through a set of wing doors or, alternatively, through the 1.3 m wide sliding door on the left-hand side. Transporting a payload of up to 2.5 tons has never been easier.


To drive and use the Volkswagen Crafter is a breeze and a joy.


Safety and Security Review


Safety is a top priority in all of Volkswagen’s vehicles, including the new Crafter. The range is equipped with various innovative safety features, all of which are designed to keep seat occupants and cargo out of trouble. Standard safety features include, but aren’t limited to, the following:


  • Brake Assist
  • Crosswind Assist
  • EBD
  • ESP
  • Multi-collision braking
  • Traction control system
  • Driver and passenger airbags
  • 3-point seatbelts
  • Remote-controlled central locking


For more information on standard and optional safety features of the Crafter range, visit the new Crafter page on Volkswagen South Africa’s website or download the latest brochure.

This Is What a Real Commercial Vehicle Looks Like


Take your business enterprises to the next level by investing in a large van unlike any other.


Remember to book your test drive at a CFAO Volkswagen near you to experience all this medium to large van has to offer for yourself. Also, feel free to contact our staff with any burning questions, comments or queries you may have – they’re always happy to assist.


Whichever options you choose – rear-wheel drive or front-wheel drive, medium wheel base or long wheel base – the new Crafter range is the real deal. Get yourself a workhorse that gets the job done time and time again. Choose a Crafter.