The Multivan we tested is one of those cars that raises its hand before the review and asks for this section to be split in two.
For the on-road part, we'll tell you that the 140 hp, the medium power output of the diesel range, we tested is enough, so you should only turn to the 180 hp if you'll be traveling fully loaded and in a hurry.
Together with the six-speed manual (we would recommend a double-clutch DSG gearbox though), the engine allows you to stay with the other cars on the road, overtake in a decent manner and accelerate decently up to around 95 mph (150 km/h) - the official top speed is 104 mph (168 km/h).
The suspension is pretty firm, which, together with the optional 4Motion four-wheel-drive system of our test car, makes the handling predictable and even gives you confidence to push things to a certain level. As for the brakes, these offer the same impression.
The wind noise is kept at a decent level, so your passengers can concentrate at whatever activity they're involved in. This is one of the best ways of transporting up to seven people, as we are actually talking about an MPV here. As for the open road fuel efficiency, this sits at 31 mpg 97.5 liters per 100 km).
However, the Multivan is pretty dull to drive. But don't worry, you can have tons of adrenaline with this car, you just have to get off the road, where you can rely on the generous ground clearance and 4WD system.
Yes, Volkswagen's 4Motion is a reactive system,and you don't get a transfer case, so you never really get hardcore off-roading abilities, but the car is solid enough to get you through most situations, with the only elements that seemed unfit for such activities being the clutch, which felt like a little man trapped between the pressure of the car's metal and the entire planet.Continue reading
Hold on, Mary would like to say something...
I had almost forgotten the time when I had to talk about that awful Volkswagen Caddy and now you're back with a literally bigger shame for the VW badge. You guys know that I'm a fan of this brand, so why are you doing this? That's it! From now on, if you want me to test your cars, you'll have to ask me about each model you bring in, BEFORE you go and get it for me!
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