MAN TGE (2017–)

Last updated 8 May 2019

The MAN TGE uses the same engine range as the Volkswagen Crafter, with a four-cylinder 2.0-litre TDI diesel doing the hard work across 102PS, 122PS, 140PS and 177PS outputs, the latter of which uses twin turbocharging. Peak torque ranges from 300Nm to 410Nm.

The best of the bunch is the 140PS engine since it provides a good balance of load-lugging capability, performance and price. But whatever you pick, you’ll get excellent refinement both at low speeds and when cruising on the motorway, plus a decent, easy gear change.

Optionally, there’s and eight-speed automatic and it’s excellent, with smooth changes and good anticipation of what gear the driver will need. If you get stuck in traffic jams and spend a lot of time in town it’ll come in very handy – but you can only have it with front- or all-wheel drive.

If you want the more capable rear-wheel drive model you’ll have to settle for a manual transmission – and you’ll have to check your licence too, since there are variants that have gross vehicle weights of above 3.5 tonnes. Depending on when you passed your car test that might mean you’re not permitted to drive them.

One of the highlights of the TGE is the range of technology on offer. adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, semi-autonomous reverse parking, trailer reversing assistance and rear cross traffic alert are available, as is a system that detects low objects like bollards and gives a warning, helping minimise the chance of scrapes and damage. 

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