Order books are about to open on the Volkswagen Multivan MPV - and here’s everything you need to know.
Firstly, there’s the price - which we now know starts at £43,160 and compares well with the £58,130 Mercedes-Benz V-Class. It should also translate to more affordable leasing costs, too.
Then there’s the fact that the all-new Multivan actually replaces the Caravelle in the Volkswagen line-up.
And not only does the Multivan look great, it also gives you pretty much the best of all worlds - including the option of a super-efficient plug-in hybrid powertrain.
A VW spokesperson says it, ‘provides customers with up to seven seats and the perfect combination of practicality, comfort, and safety for whatever their needs: from chauffeuring to the daily school run to holiday adventures.’
And that's a valuable commodity for active families.
There are two wheelbase options - standard and long - with two trim levels: Life and Style, plus a special launch model, called ‘Energetic’.
Even on the entry-level Life model, the spec includes 16 inch alloys, seven seats, two sliding doors with power latching, a Digital Cockpit plus 10 inch infotainment system and front Assist and Lane Assist among many other standard items.
LED headlights also come as standard but can be upgraded to LED matrix lights should you wish.
Inside, the new Multivan is 'more flexible and spacious than ever', with a new modular, lightweight seating system and a multi-function table. The rear five seats are up to 25 per cent lighter than before and can be moved and removed to suit, while the second row can also be moved 180-degrees to create a ‘conference style seating configuration’, says VW.
The full-width bench seat for the third row has been replaced by individual seats, too, to allow single seats to be removed for better flexibility.
You also get a completely flat floor from front to rear seats, with no centre console, which also makes it feel roomier than ever and also gives it added cargo-lugging capabilities.
In terms of that load space, you get 469 litres behind the third row of seats, extending to 1,844 litres behind the second row. The full cargo capacity up to the front seats is 3,672 litres, extending to a maximum 4,053 litres in the longer version fitted with the panoramic glass roof.
And when it comes to the engines available, the most exciting powertrain up for grabs is the eHybrid PHEV, which combines a 1.4 TSI 150 PS petrol engine with an 85kW electric motor. That gives you a very healthy power output of 218 PS and also provides 'silent, zero-emission driving when in electric-only mode for short, urban trips while giving customers flexibility to enjoy longer journeys’, according to our man at the VW HQ.
From launch, the front-wheel drive Multivan is also available with two four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engines - a 1.5 TSI 136 PS and a 2.0 TSI 204 PS. Both are twinned with a seven-speed DSG gearbox as standard, as is the PHEV.
Meanwhile the special ‘Energetic’ launch edition - which starts from £59,515 - is available exclusively with the 1.4 TSI eHybrid powertrain. Additions also include a Harmon Kardon sound system, privacy glass, 18 inch alloys, and the attractive panoramic glass roof.
All-new Multivan will open for order in January 2022, with first UK deliveries expected at the end of March.
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