Prices announced for new Volkswagen Multivan MPV

VW’s new Multivan MPV will be available to order in January 2022 with a starting price of £43,160

  • New seven-seater replaces the Caravelle
  • Two petrol engines and a plug-in hybrid at launch
  • Available to order in January 2022 starting from £43,160

Pricing and specifications for the new Volkswagen Multivan have been revealed. The new MPV is VW’s replacement for the outgoing Caravelle model, offering seating for seven with a choice of petrol and plug-in hybrid powertrains at launch. 

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The orderbook for the Multivan opens in January 2022, with prices starting from £43,160 and first deliveries expected to start in March. While it doesn’t have many direct rivals, the Multivan will compete for sales with models like the Mercedes V-Class, Citroen SpaceTourer and Ford Galaxy

The Multivan is dubbed the ‘T7,’ and sits on the MQB platform, which is used in a range of VW, Skoda and SEAT models. This new platform means it can accommodate a variety of powertrains, including plug-in hybrid, plus a tech-filled interior.

2022 Volkswagen Multivan: prices and specifications

The van-based MPV starts from £43,160 for the Life trim, powered by a 134bhp 1.5-litre TSI petrol engine. Standard equipment includes 16-inch alloy wheels, electrically latching dual sliding side doors, a 10-inch infotainment screen and VW’s 10.25-inch Digital Cockpit dial cluster. Standard safety features include Front Assist and Lane Keep Assist. 

Style trim costs from £58,130 but adds the larger 201bhp 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine. The standard equipment list grows too, with VW’s IQ. LIGHT LED matrix headlights and 17-inch alloys, fully electric side doors, sat nav, park assist and a powered tailgate. 

The Energetic Launch Edition ups the starting price to £59,515 and is powered by the 215bhp eHybrid powertrain, which mates a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine to an electric motor. It gets 18-inch alloy wheels, a Harmon Kardon premium stereo system, tinted rear windows and a panoramic sunroof. 

Design

From the outside, the Multivan shares styling cues with the brand’s ID.3 and ID.4 electric models, plus the latest versions of the Golf and the Caddy MPV

The nose features a slim front grille, together with a pair of air intakes split across the front bumper. The LED daytime running lights are joined by a full-width light-bar, which leads to a continuous metal crease along the sides. At the back, a pair of LED headlights are fitted, along with a rear spoiler and a wide opening tailgate. 

Interior, technology and practicality

The interior features an updated seven-seat layout over the old Caravelle. There are now five individual chairs that are 25% lighter than before, making them easier to set up. All of the seats can be moved back and forth, and the two rearmost rows can rotate by 180 degrees. A stowable table is located in the middle of the cabin. Thanks to the inclusion of an electric handbrake, the Multivan has a completely flat floor, helping to improve interior space. 

Onboard technology includes a 10-inch infotainment screen and a 10.25-inch digital dial cluster. Both of these screens are contained within a single trim housing, similar to the design seen in the latest Golf. A multifunction steering wheel is also standard, along with a touch-sensitive control panel for the stereo and climate functions. 

Standard safety equipment is similar to other VW MQB models, with road sign and lane assist, a 360-degree camera and VW’s IQ. Drive Travel Assist, which is capable of controlling the throttle, steering and brakes at motorway speeds with supervision from the driver. Car2X connectivity is also fitted, a system that allows communication with other vehicles to warn of slow traffic or accidents ahead. 

The Multivan is available in two sizes, measuring 4.97m and 5.17m respectively. Boot space for both models is 469 litres, extending to 1,844 and 1,850 litres with the rearmost seats removed. Remove both rear rows of rear seats and storage increases to 3,672 litres, extending further to 4,054 litres in the longer model.

Engines 

At launch, the Multivan will be offered with two turbocharged petrol engines: a 134bhp 1.5 TSI and a 201bhp 2.0-litre TSI with a diesel arriving later in 2022. At the top of the range, the Multivan eHybrid uses the same 215bhp 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine and electric motor already seen in the Golf and Passat GTE models. It’s capable of around 30 miles on electric power. Every version of the Multivan is equipped with a DSG automatic gearbox

Full economy and range figures are expected closer to the car’s release date but we’d expect the regular petrol engines to achieve around 35mpg, with the eHybrid model returning around 45-50mpg. 

Read our list of the best MPVs to buy this year. 

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