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AutotestVolkswagen pulls the passenger version of the Transporter apart from the company car on which it is based. This leads to a multifunctional hybrid seven-seater for a much lower price, which also drives better.




Until recently, the Volkswagen Multivan was the passenger version of the VW Transporter: in fact a commercial vehicle with many seats. In the new situation, Volkswagen is making a standalone model of the Multivan. The new mega-MPV is built on a modern platform, which forms the basis of many VW models. And that’s a good thing, because the platform of the current VW Transporter dates back to 2003.

What is striking is that the new model looks slimmer and more chic than before. This is partly because the standard dimensions of parking garages were taken into account and the roof was therefore lowered by 5 centimeters. This required moving the air supply pipes from the ceiling to the side walls, resulting in a fractionally smaller cargo space. On the other hand, the lower height ensures a flatter windscreen and therefore better aerodynamics. This in turn leads to less fuel consumption and wind noise.

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VW Multivan © Volkswagen

The interior is also more spacious and airy than ever thanks to the new panoramic double roof. Because the traditional gear lever and handbrake have been replaced by switches, the space between the front seats can also function as a ‘passage’ to the rear. The VW Multivan is available in two lengths, but with the same wheelbase. The largest version is 20 centimeters longer at the rear and only the luggage space benefits from this. Something that is only useful when you travel with seven passengers plus luggage.

Thanks to the new platform, the Multivan has all the advantages of a modern car: connectivity, safety and comfort. Inside, the similarities with the interior of the VW Golf are great. Even though you sit higher as a driver, you immediately recognize the Golf’s steering wheel and digital instruments. That also applies to the touchscreen. Furthermore, there are induction chargers for smartphones, the car has wireless smartphone integration and there are USB ports in every seat. There are also a dozen assistance systems, ranging from automatic lane support to head-up display.

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VW Multivan
VW Multivan © Volkswagen

Another advantage of the multifunctional platform is the option of a plug-in hybrid variant. Like the Passat GTE, the Multivan has a 150 hp 1.4 TSI, which works together with a 115 hp electric motor. The system power is 218 hp and 350 Nm. Thanks to the 13 kWh battery, you can travel about 50 kilometers purely electrically. This is possible up to a speed of 130 km/h, after which the petrol engine kicks in. A wonderfully shifting six-speed DSG automatic transmission with dual clutch is standard.

Although the Multivan has shaken off all the roughness of its van past, you can’t help but feel the sensation of being on the road in a van instead of a large MPV. That also has to do with the seating position. Which is nice because you sit high and upright, but does not contribute to the ‘car feeling’. However, that is not a disqualification, because the traditional Transporters are also great and you can keep it up for hours behind the wheel. The only minus here is the fact that the seat belts are not adjustable in height.

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VW Multivan
VW Multivan © Volkswagen

But the best part is that the suspension no longer has to be suitable for transporting heavy loads, which is the case with its predecessor – which was basically a commercial vehicle. This makes the chassis feel much more refined and the suspension is much less wooden and hard than before. The Multivan brakes, shifts and steers very well, and thanks to the electric motor of the hybrid version we drove, you’ll never be short of pulling power.

The downside of this hybrid system is that it is important to keep a close eye on the battery charge and to keep the car plugged in at every opportunity. Because without an electric motor, the 2.1-ton Multivan drives a lot less quickly and smoothly. In addition, the fuel consumption then increases.

The up to five seats in the rear are mounted on rails and can be mounted in a variety of ways. Well thought-out detail: the rails are also used to supply the seats with electricity and are therefore available with seat heating. Thanks to a multifunctional piece of furniture with storage space and fold-out tables, the Multivan can be used for passenger transport, as a workspace, or as the ultimate family car. The seats are relatively light (12 kilos compared to 19 kilos for the previous generation) and can therefore be easily removed. That way, the Multivan becomes the Transporter it came from again.

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VW Multivan
VW Multivan © Volkswagen

The new Volkswagen Multivan has a starting price of € 54,400. This makes it more than € 37,000 cheaper than the Multivan based on the Transporter. This is thanks to its hybrid powertrain, which theoretically produces less CO .2 emissions. This in contrast to the previous Multivan, which was equipped with a 2.0 TDI diesel engine. The Multivan can be ordered immediately.


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