The Volkswagen T5 is arguably the best medium-sized van you can buy ! the vw t5 a neatly-styled, easy-to-drive and beautifully finished motorhome based on the Transporter
Traditionally one of the biggest problems with motorhomes is their van roots. You expect clattering engines, unpleasant motorway cruising, a lack of power and horrible, wallowing handling. They’re also usually big, hard to manoeuvre and unrefined. That’s not a problem with the T5.
In fact, driving the Volkswagen is no more difficult than driving a car. Of course all the car-like driving dynamics are no use if your van is cramped and uncomfortable, but there are no such problems here. The T5 is versatile and spacious enough for a family of four if you specify the optional second bed, which is housed in the elevating roof.
There’s also a bench seat that folds out into a comfortable double bed, plus numerous lockable draws, cupboards and storage areas. With the elevating roof up there’s room to walk around the solid, handsomely finished cabin. It is offered in a large variety of colours and materials, ranging from sleek and understated to vibrant and modern.
Up front the Volkswagen is just like any other Campervan – the dashboard is nice and well made and there is a great quality stereo – The passenger seats swivel 180 degrees to face into the cabin and the roof is extendable as standard, meaning you have great room to stand up and walk around.
accessed through the rear is the gas canister, which fuels the grill and two gas hob rings.
There is a sink, small fridge and various plug sockets, plus an optional diesel Webasto heater and USB chargers for phones. There are also numerous cubby holes, storage bins and cupboards, with more than enough space for a trip away. Getting used to all of the various storage areas and the mechanisms for raising the roof or moving the seats takes a bit of time, but nothing is ever difficult.
It’s all very clever – and it’s very well put together too. The cupboards, kitchen counter, seats and floor can be finished in a wide variety of colours and materials. If you want a neat and classy design there’s a dark wood finish with dark leather.or even a grey and white woodgrain and triple black and white bentley stitched seats Or you can go for something more extravagant, like white or bright red. You can even choose the colour of crisp, low consumption LED lighting.
The leisure battery is good for a couple of days wild camping, helped by a solar panel as a added extra to keep it topped up. it provides 12v, so you can power things like TVs or laptops with an inverter. You can use a 240V hook up if you’re on a camp site, which tops up the batteries and powers the standard three-pin UK sockets.
Come night time, the T5 provides a thoroughly comfortable place to sleep. For a couple it might be wise to close the elevating roof on colder nights – it makes the cabin both warmer and significantly quieter. Obviously that’s not possible if you have a couple of children to accommodate in the comfortable upper deck – but they should be happy there in summer, or with a warm blanket.
All the mod cons are available – including the kitchen sink. There are two gas rings as standard, along with USB charging sockets, a fridge, flush-mounted LED lighting and a decent leisure battery good for a few days of wild camping.
Options include a oven&grill, a solar panel for keeping the batteries topped up, Bentley triple stitched front and rnr bed and a diesel-fuelled Webasto heater. The latter two come as standard on upper trim levels.
It’s hard to find fault with the T5 – it seems to follow the perfect recipe. It’s easy to drive, spacious, fantastically well-made and comfortable.
prices for a 3 yr old second hand van start at £26000+
New vans ( new model T6 ) Start at £34000