When there’s so many terms being thrown around, such as T6, T5.1, T5 GP, T5, it’s easy to see why people aren’t sure which model they have and what the differences are. In this post we look to explain each model and what the differences are.

T5 Transporter

Image courtesy of Rudolf Stricker

This is the grandfather, as it were, of the latest Transporters as the basic shape of the van is, for the most part, unchanged even on the latest T6.

Manufacturing of the T5 began back in 2003 and was manufactured in this variant all the way up to 2010. As a result, this is one of the most popular version of the Transporters and is the one you’re most likely to see out on the roads.

The majority of the vans you’ll find will be diesel, however there were petrol versions of the T5 sold. The T5 came with the following engine options:


  • 2.0 litre (1984 cc) Inline 4 producing 114hp/85kw/116ps of power and 170Nm/125ft-lb of torque.
  • 3.2 litre (3189 cc) VR6 producing 232hp/173kw/235ps of power and 315Nm/232ft-lb of torque.


  • 1.9 TDI (1896 cc) turbocharged inline 4 which came in 2 variants. One produced 83hp/62kW/84PS of power and 200Nm/148 ft-lb of torque while the other produced 101hp/75kW/102PS of power and 250Nm/182ft-lb of torque.
  • 2.5 TDI (2461 cc) turbocharged inline 5 which again came in 2 variants. One produced 129hp/96kW/131PS of power and 340Nm/251ft-lb of torque while the other produced 172hp/128kW/174PS of power and 400Nm/295ft-lb of torque.

T5 GP Transporter (often called T5.1)

Released in 2010 and running all the way up to 2016, the often named T5.1 model Transporter should actually be called T5 GP. Why? well GP is short for the German word for Big Product Change (Große Produktänderung) and is the same chassis as the T5 but externally has a ‘face-lifted’ front end and slightly revised rear lights which transformed the look of the van to be more modern, sleeker and refined.

However, whilst the front end is the most notable change on this model, that’s not the only change Volkswagen made (also the reason why it’s shouldn’t be called a T5 facelift), this model benefited from the later generation electronic modules, such as a more modern BCM (see why the BCM matters in this post), later CANBUS and the more modern looking white MFD dash.

Much like the T5, the T5 GP came in both petrol and diesel versions. Both varieties only came in a 2.0 version but were available in the following:


  • 2.0 litre (1984 cc) inline 4 naturally aspirated producing 114hp/85kW/116PS of power and 170Nm/125ft-lb of torque.
  • 2.0 litre (1984 cc) turbocharged inline 4 producing 201hp/150kW/204PS of power and 350Nm/258ft-lb of torque.


  • 2.0 litre (1968 cc) turbocharged inline 4 producing either:
    • 83hp/62kW/84PS of power and 220Nm/162ft-lb of torque
    • 101hp/75kW/102PS of power and 250Nm/184ft-lb of torque
    • 112hp/84kW/114PS of power and 250Nm/184ft-lb of torque
    • 138hp/103kW/140PS of power and 340Nm/251ft-lb of torque
  • 2.0 litre (1968 cc) bi-turbocharged inline 4 producing 177hp/132kW/179PS of power and 400Nm/295ft-lb of torque.

T6 Transporter

Herranderssvensson [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The latest generation of Transporter but still built on the same chassis as the previous generation, this model of transporter again benefited from a ‘face-lifted’ front end, revisions to the rear light styling (see how you can fit the T6 rear lights to the previous generations here) or revised styling on the tailgate version. As well as exterior styling changes, a revised design to the dashboard, a range of driver assistance options and updated multimedia options were available on this model Transporter.

Engine options at launch were the same as the previous T5 GP model, however later on a new range of more efficient, cleaner diesel engines were available, which came in 150PS TDI or 204PS BiTDI versions. 2017 saw the addition of a 2.0 TFSI petrol engine which had already been a common engine available on other models of Volkswagen vehicles, such as the Golf.

I hope you find this article useful and informative and has cleared up the confusion of the various model of Transporters that are available.

Drop me a comment below on what version Transporter you have.


Maxine Neath · 10th June 2021 at 11:58 am

Even after your explanations, I am still unsure what model we have. I want to purchase a pedal lock and need to know if it’s a T5 or T6. Log book says T28!!! Exact model wording says “TR-SPORTER T28 84 TDI SWB” It is a 2011 plate. Thanks in advance of your much needed help!!

    Andy · 10th June 2021 at 7:13 pm

    It’s a T5 GP commonly referred to as the T5.1. In terms of the lock you’ll be wanting the T5 one.

      maxine neath · 11th June 2021 at 12:31 pm

      thanks so much Andy! 🙂

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