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VW Multivan 2.0 BiTDI in the test

Achim Hartmann
VW Multivan 2.0 BiTDI in the test
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V W buses create memories. In the case of the author, to 21 parades, two clearings (you only guess how many people know you when you have a van), to an epic 20,000 kilometer tour of Europe with snow in Edinburgh, robbers in Verdun and the orange blossom in Seville, on a drafty December night with a bad-tempered Spanish border guard and his even worse-tempered drug dog. And 50 diesel horsepower, which seduces the T3 to a speed that is just above that of a continental drift.

The new VW Multivan is powered by a two-liter common rail TDI

The fourth generation of the diesel Bulli only shed its phlegm in 1996, when it got the 2.5-liter TDI under the extended hood and finally got a suitable engine with the five-cylinder. VW is now taking that away from him. The last engine with a maximum of 174 hp and direct injection using the pump-nozzle principle will be rejected - too expensive to manufacture, only emission-free according to Euro 4 and only used in T5 and VW Touareg - and replaced by the new two-liter common rail TDI. It is the same four-cylinder that powers VW Golf, VW Passat and Co.

Two turbochargers connected in series bring the Multivan unit to 180 PS and 400 Nm

Its most powerful variant for the time being The VW Multivan is the first to get behind its new Golf VI look-alike nose: the BiTDI, which puffs up two turbochargers connected in series to 180 PS and 400 Nm. It won't stay that way, as the TDI logo suggests. So far only the D and the I are colored red. The most powerful model always bears all the letters in red - it should be a good 200? But it's enough now. The concerns of five-cylinder fans about whether two-liter displacement might not be a bit puny for the up to three-ton Multivan, sweeps away the biturbo with a maximum of 1.9 bar boost pressure. From idle, the torque curve rises as steeply as the north face of the Eiger and erects its summit cross on a broad plateau of 400? Nm.

New engine is highly sophisticated, but loses when accelerating

Like its common-rail TDI colleagues equipped with just one charger, the biturbo also distributes its power homogeneously - with the exception of small slacks when accelerating strongly - and does not kick the passengers in the buttocks with force and without warning, as it does nor thePump-nozzle diesel did. The Bi clearly surpasses this with its highly refined run, only when it comes to driving performance does it not succeed. One second is missing when accelerating from zero to 100 compared to its predecessor - and to its own factory specification.

Consumption drops by 1.7 L /100 km compared to its predecessor

But that is in everyday life of a tremendous insignificance, as well as every nagging about the weaker quarter-mile sprint competence of the biturbo. Especially if you remember the old days of Saugdiesel, in which the verb “overtaking” was used exclusively in the passive form. The biturbo motorized the Multivan in cooperation with the smooth-running and precisely shiftable six-speed gearbox not only just as confidently, but also much more economically than the old motor. Instead of 0.8 as promised, it undercuts the five-cylinder by 1.7 liters /100 km. For this empty 2.5-ton giant box, a good ten liters /100 km can be considered to be appropriately economical. Because of the large frontal area of ​​the Bulli, consumption increases sharply from 140? Km /h - another problem that didn't exist in the past.

No other van can accommodate 7 passengers more comfortably

The revamped T5, on the other hand, continues other traditions - which is due to the fact that apart from the engine and nose, not much was revised during the revision. So the softly tuned Bulli continues to bounce with great care, sometimes swaying and nodding a bit, which sometimes makes sensitive passengers seasick on winding roads. Otherwise, he dangles them - especially in the expensive highline version. There, the three-zone air conditioning fanned them cool air. In addition, the rear is furnished with two swivel leather armchairs, a round table and the wide three-seater couch that can be converted into a double bed. There are also countless shelves and clever details such as sun blinds or armrests. No other van can accommodate seven passengers more comfortably than the Multivan.

The size of the VW Multivan hardly interferes with everyday traffic

If the good room needs to be cleared out, it becomes a chore. The seats are reluctant to move on their rails, and those who want to balance them out on their own should be open to herniated discs. This reduces the Multivan's suitability for moving - which experience shows that this does not necessarily have to be a disadvantage for the owner. The fact that a box with a volume of 4.3 cubic meters hangs behind the driver's cab hardly bothers in everyday life, although bus newbies are more likely to look for construction sites than for parking spaces when they want to park the Bulli. And parking garages and the Multivan are still rightly opposed to each other with a certain basic skepticism.

Compact turning circle makes it easy to handle

But the T5 is not that huge either - 1.6 centimeters even shorter than an Opel Insignia Sports Tourer. Thanks to the high seating position, the angular shape, large exterior mirrors and sensitive parking sensorsthe VW can be maneuvered to the centimeter with a little practice. The compact turning circle also ensures great maneuverability. This is also retained on country roads, especially since the VW Multivan comes as standard with the Servotronic as a Highline. It harmoniously adapts the steering forces and enables good precision without spreading hectic or dramatically neglecting the feedback. So the T5 drives effortlessly and manoeuvrably, but it doesn't really like playing around with a shell during the slalom. The fading-free, but moderately decelerating brakes are the only limitation of the otherwise impeccable driving safety.

That, too, has long been one of the characteristics of the VW bus. Like the high price that ensures that you cannot afford it when you need it most and then no longer need it when you could afford it. If you still manage to do this, you will get the best Bulli that you can remember.


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