We went to test a van, but we came back with conclusions about an MPV. We admit that the Multivan impressed us partially because we met it with rather low expectations, but the car does have solid (in both literal and figurative senses) assets.
Driving a Multivan is one of the best ways of taking up to six passengers with you on a journey for which the length is irrelevant. And don't think that this car will make the aforementioned journey longer, as it offers decent driving dynamics.
The interior of the Multivan makes you feel like a Creator, as you have your own universe to configure and there isn't one, but two Big Bangs, with one on each side.
However, even though the Multivan manages to replicate road cars' character, it can never offer a fun experience. Not alone and not on the road.
The real drawback of this car however is its price. The Multivan does offer good value for money, but you're still going to prepare yourself for paying over EUR30,000 (USD41,000) - quite a good deal over in some cases- for a good configuration. As for out play-happy test car, the price went as high as EUR46,000 (USD63,000)
What's that, what do we mean by "not alone and not on the road?" Well, since it's so spacious and versatile, you'll be able to fill it with friends and then things go to a whole new level (we would also recommend it for managers planning team building activities) and as for the latter part, the impressed us off-road, where the hefty ground clearance and the 4Motion four-wheel-drive system gave us a lot of thrills, even though not as many as you'd receive in a proper off-roader.
And all we had to do in order to park the car in front of the hotel (yes, we did use it for a road trip) was to give it a quick wash. Subsequently, it seemed like the best business shuttle in the world standing next to luxury cars in the parking lot.
It's such a shame that the Transporter isn't imported in the US. This is due to the fact that it is classed as a light truck, which brings 25 percent heftier import taxes (this is known as the chicken tax, something we've previously talked