VW T5 (2003 - 2015)

VW T5 (2003 - 2015)

History of the Volkswagen T5

The Volkswagen T5 Transporter


April 2003 saw the Volkswagen T5 replaced the T4 and was the fifth generation of VW Transporter, available as a medium-sized light commercial vehicle and people carrier with petrol and diesel engine options as well as a choice of front-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive, known as the 4motion.

Body Styles and model variants

Built at the dedicated Transporter factory in Hanover Germany, it was available in SWB (Short Wheel Base) or LWB (Long Wheel Base). The range (excluding custom-built models) consists of:

Panel Van (no side windows)
Eurovan (2 side windows, sliding door and opposite)
Kombi (windows but no rear seating)
Caravelle (5, 7, 8, 9 seat options)
Single Cab Pickup
Double Cab Pickup
Syncro (4x4 available all models)

Camper and commercial conversions

A new move by Volkswagen Hannover saw the start of production for the very first time of a VW produced camper, which was called ‘The California’. Sporting a 4 berth interior and elevating roof it competes directly against the independent convertors of Transporters onto Campers such as Reimo in Germany and Bilbos in the UK.

Again, as with its predecessor the T4, it became a firm favorite of the vehicle conversion companies. It has been made into refrigerated vehicles, police and ambulances, taxis, disability vehicles with wheel chair ramps etc.  JK offer a range of interior camper conversion parts for T5 panel vans and Kombis.

In June 2009, VW announced the one-millionth T5 rolled off the production line in Hanover.

Later the same year in September 2009 the T5 was revised with a facelift and new engine and transmission options including a 7 speed (DSG) double clutch gearbox.

T5 Engine options

2003 to 2009

Size        BHP                      Notes

1900cc   83 bhp                  TDi

1900cc   101 bhp                TDi

2500cc   129 bhp                TDi

2500cc   172 bhp                TDi

2000cc   114 bhp                Petrol

3200cc   232 bhp                Petrol


2010 onwards

Size        BHP                     Notes

2000cc  83 bhp                  TDi

2000cc  101 bhp                TDi

2000cc  138 bhp                TDi

2000cc  177 bhp                TDi

2000cc  114 bhp                Petrol

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