New 2022 Volkswagen Multivan on sale now from £43,160

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  • A new seven-seater replaces the Caravelle
  • Two gasoline engines and a plug-in hybrid at launch
  • On sale now from £43,160

The new Volkswagen Multivan is on sale now from £43,160. The new MPV is the marque’s replacement for the discontinued Caravelle model, offering seven seats, a versatile interior and a choice of petrol and plug-in hybrid powertrains at launch, with a diesel-powered model arriving later this year.

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Buyers can order the new Multivan now, with the first customer cars expected to arrive in the spring. Although it doesn’t have many direct rivals, the Multivan will compete for sales with models like the Mercedes V-Class and Ford Galaxy, as well as full-size electric minivans like the Citroën e-SpaceTourer and the Peugeot e-Traveller.

The Multivan is dubbed the ‘T7’ and is based on the MQB platform, which is used in a range of VW, Skoda and SEAT models. This new platform means it can accommodate a variety of powertrains, including plug-in hybrid, as well as a tech-filled interior.

Volkswagen Multivan 2022: price and specifications

The van-based people carrier starts from £43,160 for the Life version. Standard equipment includes 16-inch alloy wheels, dual power-locking sliding side doors, a 10-inch infotainment screen and VW’s 10.25-inch Digital Cockpit dial cluster. Standard safety features include Front Assist and Lane Keep Assist.

The styling trim costs from £58,130 but adds the larger 201hp 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine. The list of standard equipment is also growing, with VW’s IQ. 17-inch LED LIGHT matrix and alloy headlights, fully electric side doors, satellite navigation, park assist and electric tailgate.

The Energetic Launch Edition raises the starting price to £59,515, adding 18-inch alloy wheels, a premium Harmon Kardon stereo system, tinted rear windows and a panoramic sunroof.

Design

From the outside, the Multivan shares styling cues with the brand’s electric ID.3 and ID.4 models, as well as the latest versions of the Golf and Caddy minivan.

The nose features a slim grille, along with a pair of air intakes spread across the front bumper. The LED daytime running lights are joined by a full-width light bar, which leads to a continuous metal crease along the sides. At the rear, a pair of LED headlights are installed, along with a rear spoiler and a wide-opening tailgate.

Interior, technology and functionality

The interior features an updated seven-seat layout from the old Caravelle. There are now five individual chairs that are 25% lighter than before, making them easier to set up. All seats can be moved fore and aft, and the two rearmost rows can rotate 180 degrees. A retractable table is located in the middle of the cabin. Thanks to the inclusion of an electric handbrake, the Multivan has a completely flat floor, helping to improve interior space.

On-board technology includes a 10-inch infotainment screen and a 10.25-inch digital dial cluster. These two screens are contained in a single trim box, similar to the design of the latest Golf. A multifunction steering wheel is also standard, along with a touch control panel for stereo and climate control functions.

Standard safety equipment is similar to that of other VW MQB models, with road signs and lane assist, a 360-degree camera and VW’s IQ. Drive Travel Assist, which is capable of controlling throttle, steering and brakes at highway speeds under driver supervision. Car2X connectivity is also installed, a system that allows communication with other vehicles to warn of a traffic slowdown or upcoming accidents.

The Multivan is available in two sizes, measuring 4.97m and 5.17m respectively. Boot space for both models is 469 litres, expanding to 1,844 and 1,850 liters with the rearmost seats removed. Delete the rear two rows of rear seats and storage increases to 3,672 litres, further expanding to 4,054 liters in the longer model.

Engines

At launch, the Multivan will be offered with a choice of two petrol engines and a premium plug-in hybrid. The entry-level 1.4-litre TSI petrol is only available in the Life trim level, producing 134 hp. This engine officially boasts fuel economy of up to 35.5 mpg and CO2 emissions from 180 g/km.

The 2.0-liter TSI engine becomes available in the mid-range Style trim level. This engine produces 201 bhp, officially managing fuel economy of up to 31.5 mpg and CO2 emissions from 203 g/km. Both regular petrol engines come standard with a seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox and front-wheel drive.

At the top of the engine range, the Multivan eHybrid is available on all trim levels. This powertrain combines a 1.4-liter TSI gasoline engine and an electric motor with a 17.3 kWh battery, producing 215 hp. According to VW, the eHybrid is capable of around 29 miles on electric power and fuel economy of up to 157.3 mpg with emissions starting at 41 g/km. The eHybrid is equipped with a six-speed DSG automatic transmission.

VW has also confirmed that a diesel Multivan will arrive later in spring 2022. This model will be powered by the brand’s 148bhp 2.0-litre TDI engine and is likely to be best suited to higher mileage drivers.

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