At 4hire, part of the 4group of companies, you’ll discover a wide range of rental options, many of which can be tailored to both business and personal use. Aside from the traditional white van, 4hire boasts a more glamorous offering in the shape of the ‘Platinum Range’ – a hire option perfectly suited to those seeking higher spec rentals – ideal for impressing clients, transporting guests to and from weddings, shopping and sporting trips to Europe, as well as other travel plans intent on taking you further afield.
Choose from the VW Transporter Kombis, five or six seaters with huge load space, or the Caravelle seven seaters and various luxury and Shuttle styles, which come complete with nine seats. Other options include Crafter vans with high roofs, standard Transit vans, tippers and even seven and a half tonne curtain side trucks – the ultimate offering for a bigger job.
As well as an abundance of rental options, 4hire also provides various purchase possibilities. In fact, they supply vehicles from most ranges (be it cars or vans) with a soft spot for VW commercial vehicles. The Caddy, Transporter and Crafter ranges are perfectly suited to Jersey; high quality, very smart and easy to configure to the buyer’s exact requirements.
4hire’s history is one of innovation and high levels of service and they’re intent on applying this to everything they do, including vehicle rental. In fact, they’re a brand completely driven by their customers’ desires, and they’ve certainly come up trumps with the Caravelles and Shuttles in their fleet.
So why VW? VW commercials have a huge range of factory approved accessories, all of which carry the promise of quality. For instance, specific smart alloy van wheels are a must for those wishing to transport up to three and a half tonnes in weight, as normal wheels won’t always fit the bill.
Famous for their versatility, the Transporter’s 60th year in Britain means it’s easier than ever to build a flawless model. From a plethora of roof racks to a variety of diverse tow bars, to internal and external racks, brackets for bikes, boards and skis – the options are plentiful – the end result – a tailor made vehicle suited to the consumer’s exact needs.
The major plus of the Caravelle is its exceptional quality – it’s a seven seater that won’t break! As it’s a Transporter underneath, it’s able to hold up to a tonne in weight, whilst also contributing to a smooth and comfortable drive.
The motor we tested out is the Bi Turbo 180ps diesel. It has the seven speed DSG automated gearbox, which allows for seamless gear changes. Yet, aside from being effortlessly nippy to drive here on the island, with 4hire you can even take the Caravelle away fully loaded, and it will cruise tirelessly for days on end.
Now onto the interior side of things, which proves to be fantastically versatile! The captain’s chairs situated in the front and middle rows of the Caravelle Executive we tested all swivel, creating several seating combinations. Each of the rear seats can be reclined fully into a day bed and can also be removed completely, allowing for the ultimate in versatility. The middle seats can even be detached in order to create a landing pad – ideal for those travelling with young children. The standard of finish was also exceptional, with the type of beautiful trim you’d expect in any high spec car.
From moving house to transporting guests to and from a wedding, all vehicles are delivered spotlessly to your door. The Kombis, which boast five or six seats, are a great option for budding explorers wishing to hit France for a spot of golf, a cycling expedition or an antique pilgrimage.
To date, 4hire has provided vehicles to a number of sports clubs and more recently, the British Museum. They’ve even sent the nine seater Shuttles to Italy skiing and also to the Arctic Circle!
Some may wonder, with the guarantee of an action packed adventure at stake, how economical can such a vehicle be. The standard Transporter Kombis have the 102 ps motor which sips fuel like a nun at the port.’ ‘The Shuttles and Caravelles, with their 140 and 180 ps motors, have the pace for continental tours, yet despite this, BlueMotion technology ensures they remain efficient. Stop–start facility, low rolling resistance tyres and cruise control are all the ingredients required to portray fuel saving as a fine art.