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VW Multivan 1.4 eHybrid: what can the Bulli with hybrid drive do?

Born in Hanover, loved in Germany, known practically everywhere – if anyone can do multiculturalism, then the Bulli. The seventh edition also has a well-behaved VW Golf, hot Seat Leon, serviceable Skoda Superb, fine Audi and other colorful nationalities of the group in its genes.

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Because the DNA of the new VW Multivan is encrypted according to the Wolfsburg MQB code. To be more precise: The modular system, which is also suitable for compact models, is home to the latest assistance and entertainment electronics and is also open to everything that has to do with electrical support, is intended to make life easier for Bulli owners with immediate effect. Does he? We have a 57,174 euro Multivan 1.4 eHybrid Energetic with 218 hp System performance asked for the very first test to check this thesis.
VW Multivan 1.4 eHybrid

In the test, a full battery is enough for a purely electric journey of 28 kilometers. After that, the electric motor is missing as a booster for the petrol engine.


Purely electrically, 28 kilometers are possible

We found that the large box is also quite multi-faceted in essence. There are fine traits and serene virtues, but also quirky qualities and even quirky stubbornness. Let’s start with his fine manners. The Multivan can be really quiet. Logically, thanks to electric support even completely silent – because the E-mode lets him buzz purely electrically (according to VW up to 60 kilometers). In the test, however, the Multivan only managed 28 kilometers.

Without e-assist, the smoothness is missing

Also in the working group – if 150 hp powerful 1.4 petrol engine and 116-hp-Electric machine together on the 2.2 ton bus plucking, it appears supple, quiet and relaxed. A little pressure on the gas pedal is then enough to deposit liquid and juicy. However, if the battery power is running low, the small-volume petrol engine has to do the main work, it is then only supported rudimentarily by the permanently excited synchronous machine.

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Four-cylinder, turbo + electric motor

4973/1941-2252**/1907mm


The result is rough transitions shortly after starting, the bus hectically responds to acceleration requests, the combustion engine roars when turning and is stressed under full load, gear changes are sometimes rough and angular. Accelerating requires patience anyway. Subjectively, the chain of command from the throttle valve announcement, transmission logic, clutch sorting and turbo boost assistance takes far too long. So much for weirder character traits.
VW Multivan 1.4 eHybrid

Harmless: The T7 cannot hide its heavy weight during the swerve test, it quickly slides over the front wheels.


The T7 is also safe in the dodge test

The chassis with comfortable suspension, the stable brakes, wide awake ESP and other departments in the basement, on the other hand, work without errors. When dodging, the heavy weight becomes apparent, the bus tends to slide over the front wheels early on, and then the body leans far. But even rough changes of direction at high speeds are never bitchy or even dangerous. At best, tires trembling hard over the edges of the sewer cover disturb this safe, quiet, comfortable and elegant driving experience.
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5.2L S + 14.8kWh/100km

520 km + 28 km electric


Incidentally, this results in large part from the comfortable seats. Front with comfortable armrests, good contour and comfortable padding, built lavishly and “individually” grouped. Great: The four chairs used in our test car can be unlocked and lifted out of their guides in a jiffy, you can still lift the weight casually. Attention: VW also sells the rear four individual seats in face-to-face configuration. If you want that, you can’t simply turn the “normal” seats (without belts integrated in the frame!) around (although it’s technically possible). A lock then prevents the two elements installed against the direction of travel from being unfolded again.

VW Multivan 1.4 eHybrid

Brave new world: The T7 also has the fully digital cockpit of the MQB kit – with the well-known weaknesses in operation.


You should be familiar with the operation

Typical MQB and therefore from now on also typical Multivan: the digital one cockpit with (at Energetic ex works) large touch screen in the center console. Operating it while driving is difficult, you should know the hidden shortcut commands and study the menu structure in detail in order to get along without stress. In addition, the head-up display projects its information very deep into the windscreen. That should be less distracting, especially since the bus is very confusing in any case from the front (and especially when looking diagonally).
VW Multivan 1.4 eHybrid

Praiseworthy: The VW bus has all the electronic helpers on board. Among other things, the clever Emergency Assist.


There is no shortage of assistance systems

Class on the other hand: The Multivan basically has all available driving assistance systems, including a smart traffic jam assistant, the maneuvering aid for trips with the follower or the really sophisticated programmed Emergency Assist. Here the car “senses” whether the driver may no longer be in control of the car. The Multivan then brakes to a standstill automatically, while warning via an intelligent cascade of visual and acoustic messages, belt tightening, brake jerks and finally even hazard warning lights and horns. Exemplary.

The sliding door has a life of its own

We find other areas strange. The electric sliding door tends to close unintentionally and to shove obscenely when a passenger operates with his feet under the sill when loading. Not fun either: If you stand close to a wall under the open tailgate, you can hardly reach the close button. In addition, only a meager 1600 kilograms are allowed on the hook of the trailer hitch on the Multivan eHybrid. And we perceive that more as micro and less as multi.

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Testing the VW Multivan


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