Volkswagen EuroVan MV Road Test Car Reviews Car and Driver — Volkswagen Eurovan

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Volkswagen EuroVan MV

It’s more powerful and refined#151;and bit as awkward as ever.

If you’re stumped by the aging Volkswagen consider this: So is Volkswagen.

The T4 first reached U.S. in 1992-the fourth new platform VW’s half-century of van assembly. fitted with an anemic five-banger and priced as if it were to be auctioned off at Christie’s, the EuroVan was to buyers what Eddie the was to Olympic ski jumping. So dismally did the sell that VW simply the thing the big Teutonic sky hook-a timeout to formulate a fix. desperate for the Camper version of the VW van during this time, one through Winnebago.) The fix turned out to be sporty VR6 engine, first in the Camper in ’97 and then in the minivan in ’99. Except in guise it was perversely detuned to only 140 horses.

Oh, boy. If VW’s goal was success was achieved. By 2000, had stalled at 1331 units. As as chicken molars.

For 2001, VW has hatched yet another fix, this one actually makes a lot more power for a lot less sort of formula your 50ish flower child can in a flashback.

First, the power. Thanks to a new intake manifold, variable and exhaust-valve timing, and a doubling of the VR6 now produces 201 horsepower at 6200 rpm and can the EuroVan to 60 mph in 11.0 seconds-coincidentally the 0-to-60 clocking during our minivan comparo. That’s 0.8 quicker than the GLS we tested in Equally useful, the VR6 is tuned to peak torque as early as rpm, so step-off is no longer a measured by a sundial. It would of course, if this van weren’t a perennial porker-it’s 754 pounds than the last Chevy LS we tested. Fortunately, VW’s automatic is diligent about urgent revs, although an annoying half-second wide-open-throttle that interrupts one-two The sporty gearing is otherwise a because the crotchety floor-mounted which pokes skyward an attack periscope, resists of the driver’s manual second-guessing.

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Too bad the revitalized engine has a drinking It slurps premium unleaded at an clip of 15 mpg in town. Truth is, VR6 will enjoy a far more milieu in the first half of when it appears in the Golf GTI and Sport.

VW’s second fix was to $5100 off the sticker. The entry-level GLS now for $26,815, and the ritzier MV-the that includes a table, middle seats, curtains, and a rear bed-is priced at For both, standard caboodle is a six-speaker stereo, cruise, locks, fog lights, 16-inch wheels, ABS, traction and VW’s electronic stability Other than a sunroof, the option worth contemplating is the package atop the MV, as depicted We say atop because the $3235 earns you Westfalia’s familiar roof-in case you fancy camping inside a minivan, a conducive to homicide. Also in the Weekender package are a refrigerator, bug for the side windows and the entire hatch, a fluorescent light the table, and a second battery to

power late evenings at the

If the EuroVan is the Swiss Army of people movers-more practical fashionable-it’s because of its colossal, interior. Jonah would felt right at home in Ten inches taller than a Sienna, the MV Weekender can ingest 187 feet of household miscellany-41 beyond what a commodious Odyssey can swallow. Moreover, the rearmost seat resembles sort of municipal park and 60 inches wide, sufficient for adults with poison ivy on thighs. And the nearly five-foot-tall hatch is so large you’ll to leap clear as you swing it or incur a Buster Douglas punch. Alas, no left-side door is offered. When the was conceived, such conveniences mere pipe dreams.

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