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Volkswagen Multivan

(2022 – present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

69
%
B

Used car score:

67
%
B

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

66
%
C

Safety Rating:

84
%
A

Eco Rating:

66
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

50
%
D

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

69
%
B

Used car score:

67
%
B

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

66
%
C

Safety Rating:

84
%
A

Eco Rating:

66
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

50
%
D

Summary


The Volkswagen Multivan is an upmarket seven-seat people carrier which arrived in the UK in early 2022 to replace the ageing Volkswagen Caravelle.

Despite the name ‘Multivan’ and the fact that previous generations of Multivan have been based on the Volkswagen Transporter van, the latest Multivan is actually built on the same passenger car platform that underpins the current Volkswagen Golf and many other vehicles in the larger VW/Audi/Skoda/SEAT family.

So, although it looks very similar to the latest Volkswagen Transporter and is designed to rival other van-based people carriers like the Mercedes-Benz V-Class, the Multivan has inherited driving dyamics that are much more car-like, along with the company’s latest plug-in hybrid technology.

“Everything from the way it looks to the way it drives represents a well-conceived upgrade over almost all other vehicles of this type”, Parkers explains, while praising the people carrier for its surprising driver appeal and its flexible and spacious interior.

What Car? adds that the Multivan is expected to have “exceptionally good residual values” and is full of the latest Volkswagen technology, even if the infotainment is “not the best”. This is the most prominent criticism of the Multivan, as it uses the same infotainment system as the electric ID. range that Business Car calls “confusing” and Top Gear says is “awful”. Auto Trader also gave the Multivan a poor review based on a host of reliability issues with the test car provided.

The price tag is a sticking point for a few reviewers too – with Multivan pricing starting above £50,000, Carbuyer recommends waiting a few years for the Multivan to appear on the used market, or to take a look at the slightly more expensive and distinctive ID. Buzz people carrier.

As of January 2024, the Volkswagen Multivan holds an Expert Rating of 69%, which is a significantly lower score than the 81% score achieved by the electric ID. Buzz.

Multivan highlights

  • Flexible seven-seater
  • Spacious and tech-laden cabin
  • Diverse engine range includes PHEV
  • Low running costs
  • Great to drive by people carrier standards

Multivan lowlights

  • Expensive, base price and up
  • Light steering
  • Overshadowed by electric ID. Buzz
  • No rear air-con on entry-level model
  • Confusing infotainment

Key specifications


Body style: Van-based people carrier
Engines:
petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid
Price:
From £43,258 on-road

Launched: Spring 2022
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

The Car Expert

+

Auto Express

+

Auto Trader

+

Autocar

+

Business Car

+

Car

+

Carbuyer

+

Carwow

+

Driving Electric

+

Electrifying.com

+

Heycar

+

Honest John

+

Parkers

+

The Telegraph

+

Top Gear

+

What Car?

+

Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: February 2022
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 90%
Child protection: 89%
Vulnerable road users: 69%
Safety assist: 87%

Crash tested by safety body Euro NCAP in early 2022, the plug-in hybrid (eHybrid) version of the Volkswagen Multivan was awarded one of the most impressive five-star safety ratings a people carrier has received to date. This rating standard for the entire range of Multivan powertrain options.

The Multivan acheived high adult protection and child protection scores in the event of a crash, and its impressive safety assistance technology score displays that the people carrier is adept at avoiding potential road accidents in the first place.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of January 2024, the Volkswagen Multivan has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

No reliability rating

As of January 2024, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Volkswagen Multivan to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusive from extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the Multivan, we’ll publish the score here.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models33 mpgE31 – 35 mpgD – E
Diesel models43 mpgC43 – 44 mpgC – C
Plug-in hybrid models155 mpgA149 – 157 mpgA – A
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models192 g/kmC180 – 204 g/kmC – D
Diesel models172 g/kmC170 – 173 g/kmC – C
Plug-in hybrid models41 g/kmA41 – 42 g/kmA – A
Battery rangeAverageScoreVariationScore
Plug-in hybrid models30 milesE29 – 32 milesE – E
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models34C26 – 50B – F
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£175A
Year 2£528B
Year 3£845B
Year 4£1,118B
Year 5£1,464B
Overall£4,130B

The Volkswagen Multivan is a fairly affordable car to own and run, according to whole-life cost numbers provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

Fuel economy is disappointing for petrol models but good for diesel-engined versions. The plug-in hybrid models look amazing on paper, but this is largely thanks to ridiculous EU/UK government lab tests that are completely inadequate for plug-in hybrids. There is no way you will ever travel for 155 miles on a single gallon (4.5 litres) of fuel and some electricity…

The battery range of the plug-in hybrid model is also poor when compared to other PHEVs, though this is to be expected considering its large size. The car’s service and maintenance costs should be affordable, and insurance costs are around the market average.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Volkswagen Multivan has received

2023

  • Autocar Awards – Best Large Car

2022

  • Parkers New Car Awards – Best Seven-Seater
  • Red Dot Design Awards – Best of the Best Award
  • Tow Car Awards – Most Practical Tow Car

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The Volkswagen Multivan is regarded as one of the best people carriers on the market, but it is hindered by the brand's problematic infotainment.Volkswagen Multivan