2010 Volkswagen T5 Multivan First Drive Review Car and Driver — Volkswagen Multivan

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2010 Volkswagen T5 Multivan

The van is a far cry from the charming original

One of the unforgotten vehicles of VW#x2019;s is the Microbus, the hippie-totin#x2019; love bus of the through #x2019;70s. Its successor, the Vanagon, was sold here the early #x2019;90s.

A Historic

The Vanagon was succeeded by the EuroVan. called the T4 and sold in the U.S. off and on 2003, which switched to a front-wheel-drive layout. Not exactly in the looks department, the boxy never managed to assemble the following of its predecessors. But in Europe, it on and morphed into the T5, or Multivan, is available with an optional 2.0-liter twin-turbocharged diesel an optional seven-speed dual-clutch manual transmission, and 4MOTION drive.

From the outside, the current T5 has not far from the T4 EuroVan. Its dull and shape received a few upgrades fall to bring it up to Walter edgy new styling that#x2019;s across the VW lineup#x2014;the large T5 that the look works on smaller cars. But the practical of the T5 are undisputed. This is a sizable with far more room your regular minivan offer#x2014;and this includes the VW#x2019;s own variation of the Chrysler Country. The Multivan is taller a minivan, and behind the wheel you forget it. You sit tall and proud, you have them#x2014;it will back memories of childhood in conversion vans.

The Upscale Box

The of refinement, on the other hand, is far that of any other vehicle in this class. The attention to and the material quality are high. are blue entry lights, the is executed in cold white red needles, and there is a sporty steering wheel. The shifter is conveniently close to the wheel but is not on the column as in Grandpa#x2019;s van.

VW offers only one gas engine: a four-cylinder producing 115 hp. (The 3.2-liter VR6, a smooth with a considerable appetite for has been discontinued.) By far the most engine is the 2.0-liter TDI diesel, comes in four versions: single-turbo variants with 84 hp, 102 hp, and 140 hp; and a with 180 hp. The latter also a hearty 295 lb-ft of torque at rpm.

More Capable You Might Think

The switch pump-injector to common-rail fuel has made the TDI much quieter before; what you hear now is a purr. The previous top-of-the-line a 2.5-liter five, won#x2019;t be The Haldex all-wheel-drive system in the version that we drove has upgraded with an electric and electronic management. Combined the seven-speed Direct Shift (DSG), which replaces the conventional six-speed auto, combination of state-of-the-art technology into an excellent 27 mpg in the European Front-wheel-drive models with the TDI are rated up to 32 mpg.

Volkswagen Multivan

Despite the high seating and center of gravity, the Multivan handles well; the Multivan can outrun your average in the twisties. Body roll is to low levels, and the steering is sensitive, we wish it were more Seventeen-inch wheels are standard, but we the optional 18s even better.

The domain is the autobahn, however, it can cover long distances remarkable poise and celerity. to the numbers, this van is no racer. Our tester with the DSG and 180-hp TDI is claimed to run from 0 to 62 mph in an unimpressive seconds, with an ungoverned top of 117 mph. But with its torquey it maintains speed even on uphill stretches and never underpowered. The combination of performance and is remarkable for a van of this size.

So are its off-road credentials. The all-wheel-drive reacts quickly if loss of is detected and can shift 100 percent of the to the front or rear.

Another Fruit

The Volkswagen Multivan was not with U.S. requirements in because the plan was to offer us a new which was to be to the original bus what the New is to the original Beetle. The new Microbus was developed simultaneously with the T5, and it was under Pi#xC3;#xAB;ch and design Hartmut Warkuss. But it fell to former CEO Bernd Pischetsrieder#x2019;s and chief designer Murat wish to leave their own on the brand. The Microbus did not reflect the chrome-laden styling G#xC3;#xBC;nak had in and the program was killed in 2005.

The Multivan 4MOTION is probably the versatile and most technologically of vans. Unfortunately, it also is the expensive. The 180-hp 4MOTION the DSG that we drove costs the of about $70,000 in Germany; models with the wimpy gas or base TDI engine start at above $40,000. (With prices, you can see why the Routan exists.) is probably well advised to off on launching a fully VW-engineered van until it can be done affordably and more style.

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