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Volkswagen Multivan Highline 132 TDI

Guide (recommended price statutory and delivery charges):

Options fitted to test car included in above price): alloys $1990; pearl paint $1590

Overall 3.0/5.0

Engine/Drivetrain/Chassis: 3.5/5.0

Packaging and Practicality: 3.5/5.0


Behind the wheel:

X-factor: 2.5/5.0

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Now in its 60th year, the latest of Volkswagen’s trusty light van comes in a blinding array of with three versions of the 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine, and DSG transmissions, front and all-wheel and two different types of steering.

comparison of the midspec Caravelle and the Multivan Highline peoplemovers a surprise: the cheaper (in this much cheaper) Caravelle the better drive. Unless you Cadillacs to Volkswagens.

The difference is in the Multivan Highline’s Servotronic box. Volkswagen says it for perfect comfort when at speed as well as when I say it makes for feather-lightness, too little on-centre and less tactility in than the Caravelle’s excellent rack and pinion system. The retains Volkswagen’s normal and reassuring weight without burden.

Not that the Multivan’s handling are that much of a pity: looking for a driver’s car at a Volkswagen don’t emerge in a Transporter any than people looking for a emerge in a Golf GTI. But I there are plenty of buyers like to combine the Caravelle’s road feel with the power in the Multivan’s engine.

has been the shift in worldwide towards diesel power in the that for the 2010 model Volkswagen dispensed with engines entirely, replacing the old choice with three of the ubiquitous 2.0 TDI. The Caravelle the midrange 103kW turbo the Multivan Highline uses the 132kW biturbo. Base of other commercial Transporter come with a 75kW

Both are a pleasure to drive, the 103 a healthy 340Nm from rpm, the 132 raising this to from just 1500rpm. not that easy to feel the extra wattage, however, much of the sensation absorbed by the and 325 extra kilos the luxo carts around. But both loads of get-up-and-go, most once they’re off the mark and the mid gears. They have slim peak torque encouraging drivers to keep the down around 2500 not hard to do with the seven-cog spread of Volkswagen’s dual-clutch DSG transmission, standard on both.

Although it’s elicited a amount of grumbling for its low-end and inappropriate shift timing in Volkswagens, the DSG sits well on the platform, always making its way an appropriate ratio.

To cope the extra power, the 132kW version also comes a front brake upgrade. vehicles have excellent

Both are as nimble in crowded and open road conditions as it in the high-riding box sector. With the out front rather than the floor or between driver and they’re very quiet, for oilers. The Multivan is especially insulated from road and noise at freeway speeds.

For year’s model, the company substantial improvements to an already safe vehicle, with to its stability control electronics. the normal stability control and brakes, the one program now incorporates start assist, active protection, brake prefill, fade support, hydraulic assist and a brake disc

Secondary safety includes front airbags, but front side airbags remain an option on the Caravelle. Full curtain bags are standard on the Highline and not available on the Caravelle.

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use comparisons between these two are on individual needs and wants. use high quality materials and out, and impart that solid feel the Germans do so

The Caravelle seats nine in shuttle-bus comfort; the Multivan seats seven (2-2-3) in closer to grand tourer All rear seats are removable, considerable flexibility in mixing with luggage. The Multivan further from the mounting of the on neat rails recessed the floor.

We found both ergonomically effective and well with the shifting, removal and of the seats quick and easy. not light, but there’s a certain in that, and nor are they impossibly or cumbersome.

It was a two-minute job removing the central armchairs and sliding the bench forward to make a seater with prodigious space astern. The resulting is flat and uninterrupted, the load nice and low.

With full seating, is long-trip luxurious all round in the satisfactory for adults going to the in the Caravelle.

The small table the Multivan’s mid-row seats useful. Mounted on rails, it forward far enough to allow the and front passenger access to its end storage drawer — a adjunct substitute for the central box sacrificed for the convenience of being to walk through from the compartment to the rear.

Our Multivan had the panoply of kit you’d expect of a proposition: satnav with camera, pull-up sunblinds in the seat heating up front, centre-row seats, climate air, premium interior and electric sliding doors and

The writer found a minor in constantly selecting the wrong buttons for the Multivan’s electrically sliding doors — for the couple of days I had them and closing in reverse sync twin cuckoo clock Eventually I worked it out.

While the basics are impeccable, not been notably generous gear in the Caravelle. Side cruise control (a $590 and an auxiliary audio input be nice in a $50K vehicle, and bags should at least be as an option.

While we’ve put these in a back-to-back comparison, the of which to go for isn’t that It’s horses for courses – no evidence of that than the Highline’s 50 per cent price

Over our time with I found the Caravelle generally pleasant, but that’s only the perspective of a driver — as a big-family transporter, it’s the one to go for But if I was driving round Australia, it be a different matter. If that the case, I’d take a look at the lesser 132kW which start in the mid-$50Ks you don’t have to spend like $77K to get that and you get (what I think’s) a better with the normal steering.

Oh, one thing — for those (as I have been) about the of tyre repair kits for spares, may I say the Multivan proved to me the is good. First up, when my tyre went down in the middle of Sydney, the only way I to know of it was when a fellow to me at lights informed me. I pulled a servo, removed the tyre squirted the container of Aquadhere-like goo the hole, replaced the valve, it up a bit, drove a few metres and forwards a couple of times and blowing it up. It was still holding when I returned the vehicle days later.

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