Volkswagen Multivan Review 2024

Volkswagen Multivan At A Glance


+Versatile people carrier, car platform means it's easy to drive and loaded with safety tech, available with plug-in hybrid power.

-Not cheap.

The Volkswagen Caravelle is dead. Long live the, er, Volkswagen Multivan. Despite its name, the Volkswagen Multivan is no longer based on the Transporter van. It's actually based on a car platform – the same that underpins pretty much everything VW Group, from the Skoda Octavia to the Audi TT.

That means – in theory – it's more car-like to drive, and should tempt family buyers away from big, expensive SUVs. And while it still looks like a van with windows, you can jazz it up with two-tone colour schemes and wheels measuring up to 19-inches in diameter.

There are petrol and diesel engines on offer and – in a first for this segment – plug-in hybrid power. While this represents a serious step towards electrification, you'll have to wait for the ID. Buzz if you want a pure-electric people carrier.

It's inside where the Volkswagen Multivan impresses the most. It combines the comfort and technology of a passenger car with the versatility of a van. You'll find a slick 10-inch infotainment system (with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto) as well as a smart 10.25-inch Digital Cockpit display in place of regular dials.

If it wasn't for the vast view of the road ahead, you could be fooled into thinking you're sitting in the front of the latest Golf hatchback.

Kids will love to sit in the back of the Multivan, while it feels luxurious enough to act as a VIP shuttle for business use. It's available with up to seven seats but works best as a six-seater, with four individual seats in the back. These can be configured in a variety of ways, or taken out entirely to provide van-like practicality.


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