Van on the run
This is thevwpeople-mover for touring rock bands or big families
People-movers (or MPVs) start at $25,990 for Kia’s Rondo and range up to the Mercedes-Benz Viano at $79,490. The Mulitvan TSI350 is at the top end of the field along with Toyota’s flagship Tarago ($71,990).
TheVWstarts in Comfortline spec for $54,990 with chrome accents, Bluetooth, window blinds, climate control and cruise.
For $71,990 the top-price Highline adds powered dual sliding side doors, rain-sensing wipers, fog lights, auto headlights, cabin table, premium sound system and 17-inch alloy wheels.
The true value is in the ability to carry seven big adults in comfort, with plenty of luggage space and the ability to configure the cabin in myriad ways.
Volkswagen also has good resale and warranty for this type of vehicle.
The turbo petrol TSI350 engine brings sporty and responsive dynamics and relatively good economy. With 150kW/350Nm, it’s not as MPV as the V6 Kia Grand Carnival (202kW/ 336Nm), but married to the seven-speed DSG automatic transmission it’s slightly more economical at 10.1L/100km compared with 10.9.
There is no ANCAP safety rating for the Multivan, but it comes with six airbags, including curtain airbags that cover the whole cabin.
Side assist and a rearview camera are optional, however since it is a rectangle, the vehicle extends as far as the eye can see at the windows, so parking and manoeuvring in small areas is little problem.
It also comes with stability control, ABS and brake assist, and there are five child seat anchor points.
It’s basically a brick on wheels and only Bauhaus fans— the rational and functional art style, not the ’ 70s Brit-punk band— would find it remotely appealing. effortless. Sliding floor rails allow the two second-row seats to be moved separately and rotated 180 degrees and the third row bench seat also moves forward and back for maximum versatility.
Bauhaus: The brick-onwheels design is reflected inside with austere and functional instruments