Unlike most of the Auto Trader team, I spend a lot of my time writing about vans and all things related to commercial vehicles.
This means that I spend more time pootling around in vehicles designed to carry things such as tools, rather than people. The majority of the time this isn’t an issue, but occasionally I have to take my family with me when I go out, and as the littlest person in our small family is yet to hit her first birthday, this presents a problem – vans tend not to be set up for child seats and the like.
I think I might have found the perfect solution, though, in the form of the Volkswagen Transporter that I’ve been living with for the last six months. It’s the Kombi version, which means that there is space for five adults up front but there is still plenty of room for whatever gear you want to sling in the back, be that tools or toys. Essentially, it is a massive estate car.
There is a serious business-case justification for such vehicles, though. Much like pick-up trucks, business users qualify for some really favourable Benefit-in-Kind rates on a van, so something like the Transporter could do a double job and be a working vehicle in the week and a family bus at the weekend and provide some serious tax savings in the process.