While MPVs and people carriers have been all but replaced by SUVs as family transport, the Volkswagen Multivan is here to fight back.
Rather than being a van-based MPV, this is a dedicated people carrier, with no van version sold alongside it. That means the Multivan is pretty unique because it’s better to drive than any van-based MPV, but is more versatile than a traditional people carrier. It’s well worth a look for your next lease.
SUVs are fine as family cars, but if you have more than 2 kids, or a lot of stuff to lug around, their shortcomings soon become apparent – a big, boxy MPV will always have an interior space advantage.
What the VW Multivan does is combine the quality, refinement and running gear of VW’s passenger cars with the square dimensions of a van-based model, so it’s far more car-like to drive than any other MPV.
You also get the same kind of cutting-edge tech you’ll find in a Golf, while the upmarket materials and vast interior means it feels like a luxury car to be in.
How Does My VW Multivan Lease Work?
Leasing a Volkswagen lets you drive a brand-new car for less, making fixed monthly payments for 2-5 years. After that, when your deal ends, you return the car. There’s no depreciation costs or balloon payment to worry about because you’re essentially ‘renting’ the car.
All you need to do is choose your Volkswagen Multivan lease model, your annual mileage, upfront payment and contract length. Once your contract is finalised, we’ll deliver the car for free – it couldn’t be simpler. To find out more about how contract hire works, take a look at our easy-to-understand guide to car leasing.
What’s The Cabin Like?
How Does It Drive?
All 5 back seats are individual chairs and they’re relatively light, so it’s easy to alter the Multivan’s configuration. Remove them completely and there’s a vast van-like cargo area, albeit one with a carpet and high-grade plastics. The sliding side doors are power-assisted on high-spec versions and the massive top-hinged tailgate can also be power assisted, which takes a lot of strain out of opening and closing it. If you need more space, then there’s a long body version of the Multivan.
Cabin storage is as impressive as the space on offer, with lots of cubbies dotted around. The movable centre console/table has 4 cupholders and large drawers, while the dashboard has a big lower glovebox with another lidded cubby above it. The front doors have deep bins and smaller trays below the door pulls, there’s a fold-out twin cupholder beneath the central air vents and the 5 rear seats all have storage space beneath them. Charging devices is easy, too, with 6 USB-C sockets dotted around the cabin.
With a choice of petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid drive available, there should be a Multivan to suit most lease deals. The petrol model will be handy for short to medium trips, while the diesel will be a viable choice for long-distance drives.
The e-Hybrid will be great as long as the battery is kept charged. Keep your daily drives below 30 miles and charge it overnight, and you might wait months before you head to a petrol station. When you do run on engine power, you can expect fuel economy around 40mpg.
Multivan Models Available
The standard-length version, with sliding rear doors and 7 seats inside.
The Multivan, but with a longer body featuring a longer rear end behind the back wheels.
Trim Levels Available: Life, Style.
All models feature alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, a rear camera, LED headlights, 2-tone cloth upholstery, a leather multifunction steering wheel, air conditioning with pre-heating, a sliding centre console, digital dials, a 10-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, adaptive cruise control, road-sign recognition, lane assist and Isofix for all 5 rear seats.
The VW Multivan Vs Competitors
The VW Multivan isn’t alone in the MPV class just yet. The Ford Galaxy is being phased out, as is the VW Touran, which is a smaller model anyway. Van-based MPVs such as the Ford Tourneo Custom and Mercedes V-Class aren’t as good to drive, while the Citroen E-SpaceTourer, Peugeot E-Traveller and Vauxhall Vivaro Life Electric are all electric-only. Maybe the big rival for the Multivan will be from VW itself, with the all-electric ID.Buzz adding retro looks and a usable battery range.
There’s a lever at either end that slides it back and forth, and another that raises and lowers it. Tray tables lift out vertically from either side for middle-row passengers.
There are VW Multivan lease deals on Life and Style trim levels, with the latter really ramping up the standard kit.
There’s power assistance for the doors, LED ambient lighting, microfibre cloth seat trim, keyless entry and starting, and self-parking, among other items.
It’s a nod to the old, air-cooled VW Kombi, the Multivan’s ancestor, and you can have either silver over orange or black over red. It’s a pricey option, costing more than double the standard metallics.
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The Multivan is a 7-seater with the chairs in a 2-2-3 configuration or a 6-seat 2-2-2 layout, but there’s so much more to the cabin than the number of seats. The front seats are captain’s chairs with built-in armrests, while the rears are all mounted on 3 sets of rails, so they can slide back and forth. Go for the 6-seater, and the middle 2 seats can be turned through 180 degrees to create a lounge, while all versions get a useful centre console between the middle seats. This is also on rails, so it can be used as a table in the back, or as a storage console between the front seats.
Up front, the Multivan is pitched as a premium model and it shares tech with cars such as the VW Golf and ID.3 electric hatch, so you get digital dials, a large 10-inch touchscreen and wood trim on higher-spec models.
All versions come with VW’s DSG automatic gearbox as standard, so the drive selector is a toggle that’s located high on the dashboard between the touchscreen and digital dials, which helps create even more space further down.
VW has been smart by using a car platform for the Multivan – the logic is that this is a passenger-carrying model, so why not treat them to a car-like experience? So while the tall driving position is like a van’s, the way the Multivan goes round corners may come as a real surprise. It’s very agile.
The other benefit of the car running gear is that the Multivan is a lot smoother than any van-based MPV. It’s quiet when cruising, while the suspension soaks up bumps well. The added bonus of that spacious cabin means that passengers can stretch out and relax, too, however long the journey.
Engine options comprise a 136hp 1.5 TSI petrol, a 150hp 2.0 TDI diesel and the 218hp 1.4 e-Hybrid plug-in hybrid car version. They all come with a DSG automatic gearbox as standard – a 6-speed unit for the e-Hybrid, or 7 speeders for the other 2. All models send drive to the front wheels.
The e-Hybrid model is quiet and refined. Keep the 13kWh battery charged and there’s around 30 miles of all-electric range on offer. But when the engine cuts in, it remains quiet, while the electric motor boosts the Multivan’s responses.