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2003 Volkswagen EuroVan MV

Half a century ago, the was king.

Volkswagen ‘s pre-minivan, debuted in 1950, was not only the multifaceted family car–able to lumber or garden supplies or children with equal was also the first SUV. The claim may sound like a and we understand why, because you take the Bus (just the Type II in off-roading. But how many SUVs go into the woods or atop In the sense that SUVs are used as catch-all play to take their owners to and beaches, and more prosaically but far frequently, to Target and Home the Microbus filled an SUV niche before other makers identified its existence.

Then, in the Chrysler. before it became invented the minivan, and any advantage had with its then-dubbed EuroVan fast. Sure, the VW van’s migrated to the front of the vehicle, and air was replaced by far more reliable heat became something you count on, unlike with the that came out in the first decades of the microbus; and even and stereo sound eventually their way to the what many increasingly considered as much a of the 1960s as the Nehru jacket.

But by the time the Bus became a EuroVan, else on the market had advanced beyond the VW, both in terms of and real-world acceleration, and how easily a could reconfigure the cabin for children or lumber, as the need

This goes a long way explaining how it is that today VW has sold about 4,000 through August of 2003, the sales figure of any van on the market. And strangely, there are a lot of things we about the current EuroVan. For one it gets 187 square feet of room, which is tops in its We’re talking about General Motors ‘ Chevrolet storage capacity in a vehicle more than two feet

Also, given that you can get out the for $27,700, the EuroVan is a relative compared with much in this class, especially its capacious cabin. Shockingly, it happens to be really fun to drive. And now it gets a stock, 2.8-liter, narrow-angle six-cylinder motor, the EuroVan is not quite as slow as it was. Nah, at 11.8 to 60 miles per hour, it won’t set any and that’s still far slower rivals, but highway acceleration, for on-ramp merging, is surprisingly

There are other tricks too, but you’ll have to reading to hear about

From The Driver’s Seat

The we tested was actually called the MV, for and it also had the $3,335 Weekender meaning it got a fold-up dining a pop-top tent roof mattress and sleeping quarters for and belowdecks, a bench seat folds completely flat in that position, will against a padded rear area to create another space for two more adults. was even a mini fridge plugged into a 12-volt jack.

Still, we had some For instance, the second row of seats–the MV seven–are captain’s chairs face rearwards and do not swivel the non-camper model, and these forward). Not only would you be unhappy seated here for any of time, but these perches do not Additionally, they make it to impossible to recline the front very far; the uprights of sets of seats get in the way of each

And these seats don’t flat into the floor. is a concern mostly because the area behind the third row of is quite small. Let’s say you to bring a load of plants from the garden center: likely won’t fit in the aft compartment, and if it’s just you and your the most obvious place for the will be the big chunk of floor behind the front seats, of the third row. Still, not is this section of the cabin carpeted, so you’d better it with something grit-proof, but those second seats are and awkward to remove. And because don’t fold flat or easily, putting them in the cabin isn’t really an

Perhaps most damning of there’s only a sliding (on the right side of the vehicle). every minivan on the market gets dual sliding doors, precisely because access to the central cabin is key for ease of use. The second-biggest is that “entertainment” options as DVD players are not available. Sure, prefer that when you Debbie and Johnny to Yellowstone be looking out the window at real but given how much they’d on the three-day drive there, parents would prefer to the little tikes with available palliative, including Bob DVDs.

There’s another to all this, though, which is the EuroVan is like to drive. as we said, it’s a strangely fun Acceleration is strong, and the turning is exceptional, at 38 feet (in most that’s narrow enough to whipping a U-turn on a two-lane Such agility comes much into play parking the EuroVan, which is that much easier to oversized mirrors and box-straight that are unlikely to clip the of another vehicle or bump that stray shopping in the supermarket lot.

Also shocking is the adroit feel of the EuroVan, which is than impressive given how this beast is. It’s not this VW will (or should) be any slalom contests, but it can be pushed hard before the tires to howl in protest, and that tells you why it’s a great of fun to motor around town.

We didn’t have a chance to camp in our tester–our version come with the additional of a sink or gas stove–but we did climb up the pop-up tent area and that sleeping there be just fine. A few years we tested an earlier model on a escape to New York State’s Placid region and found it was tight for three adults but reasonably comfortable and far easier setting up a tent each

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Should You Buy This Car?

are still several warts the EuroVan. That rear-facing set of is chief among them, and the that there are only rear windows in this row double the chance of car sickness, we

And even with a fully suspension, there’s lots of toss (just what it like) over bumps and bends, enough that you must focus on the road to your stomach happy. if you didn’t have the camper top in the a second-row sunroof would immensely, since fresh air can do to change the mood of one’s

Another fatal blow have been dealt by the that I had the great fortune to this same vehicle in where minivan options of size are quite rare. the Multivan has much better and the interior looks impressively Audi A4 level but in a van, and you a good sense of what you Also, our tester in Europe with a diesel motor exhibited better low-end at cruising speed on the Italian there were guts at 95 mph, and the engine was quiet at a 75 mph. Plus, that gets about double the 17 highway rating of the U.S. power plant.

The VR6 motor we get is still good for everyday and low-end torque is spirited if not as muscular as we found in the European-engine MV, but at 75 mph on the this gas motor is just too

Overall, we’d say wait for to update the formula–a plan in the works for arrival 16 months now. If VW gets it right, the new should combine the goofy fun of the MV with the usability already by Volkswagen’s toughest competition at Honda and Nissan. as well as Ford and Chrysler.


Color Options: Arctic Black Magic Pearl, Red, Emerald Green Reflex Silver Metallic, Blue Pearl, Tornado Red

Type: Front: Independent, control arms, torsion anti-roll bar; Rear: semi-trailing arms, coil

Acceleration: 0 to 60 mph in 11.8 seconds

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