So, how practical will this TGE prove to be in everyday use? Well, the twin rear doors can be swung out in the usual way - to 90-degrees or onwards to 180-degrees if you release the stays. There's a reasonably low loading height which can be as little as 670mm and once you get your goods inside, the space available will of course depend upon your choice of wheelbase - Standard, Long and Extra-long. And you'll also need to carefully select your roof height, the choice being between Normal, High and Super-high, equating to interior roof heights of 1.65m, 1.94m and 2.14m respectively. There are four load compartment lengths varying between 2,600mm and 4,700mm.
Load volumes vary between 7.5 and 17 cubic metres. The load width is 1780mm, narrowing to 1350mm between the wheel boxes. Payload capacity will of course depend on your choice of Gross Vehicle Weight - 3.0, 3.5 or 5.0 tonnes. The smallest models have payload weight of between 815-833kg, while the 3.5 tonne GVW version has a payload ranging from 1315-1333kg, depending on your choice of engine.
In other words, if you select your TGE model carefully, pretty much everything you're going to want to carry will fit, the largest models able to swallow up to five euro pallets. A sliding side door is standard, with a second on the options list and it's worth pointing out that the height and width aperture of this is big enough for those pallets to be loaded in at the side. To keep your cargo from moving about, there are two load lashing rings on the B-pillar and between six and twelve floor-mounted ones, depending upon the vehicle length. If you forget to use them and everything slides forward, then you'll be glad of the standard full height bulkhead separating the load area from the cab. Half-height plastic panels are provided on the doors to try and protect the cargo bay but there's really no substitute for a proper ply-lining kit to cover the whole area properly. We'd also want to tick the box for the tailored floor covering.
Running costs of course will depend on the engine and Gross Vehicle Weight you select but whichever TGE you choose, you'll find the 2.0 TDI Euro6 diesel engines to be extremely frugal, whether you choose them in 102, 122, 140 or 177PS guise. As a guide, you can expect to average somewhere between 32 and 36mpg in this vehicle on the combined cycle, depending upon the variant you're in. MAN offers the same 24/7 Mobile24 breakdown maintenance service on the TGE as you could expect to get one of its trucks. That means your van should be off the road for a short time as possible when maintenance is taking place. This package really differentiates the TGE from its segment rivals.