Are VW Transporters front or rear wheel drive?

Most VW Transporters are front wheel drive only however some are sold as 4-motion. Let us take a look at which models of the VW Transporters are front wheel, rear wheel or 4 wheel drive.

VW Transporter models over time

The VW Transporter is the longest production van ever built; it has been in circulation for over 70 years. It is presently onto it’s 7th generation and has been named T1, T2, T3, T4, T5, T6 and T7. It therefore probably comes as no surprise that the Transporter has been sold as rear wheel drive., front wheel drive and all four-wheel drive.

Are current VW Transporters front or rear wheel drive?

The majority of modern VW Transporters on the roads today are front wheel drive only however the top model known as 4-motion comes as 4 wheel drive as standard. Due to the cost of the 4-motion they are relatively rare to see. You can view the latest Transporter models on the VW website here

Which model VW Transporters are rear wheel drive

To put it simply, the VW Transporter T1, T2 and T3 generation models were all rear engine, rear wheel drive. The VW Transporter T4, T5 and T6 + generation models are either front wheel drive or 4-motion depending on specification. We go into more detail on the various models in this article VW Transporter Models Explained.

How do I tell which VW Model I have?

Most models will have a badge on the rear identifying whether it is the T1 T2 T3 T4 T5 or T6. All 4-motions also have a badge of the rear stating this. As a very obvious rule of thumb though, if you have an engine in the rear of your van – it is likely rear will drive.

What isn’t always so clear is which specification VW Transporter you have as they were sold in so many trims (both engine BHP, Engine size and interior spec); you can read more on the various specs in the article VW Transporter Models Explained.

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