“The floor has rails into which various seats and accessories fit, meaning endless variations on how you configure the huge interior space”
For all the funky trimmings the Multivan is, at heart, a good old-fashioned MPV, and a very attractive one at that. You get two conventional front seats but from there backwards the floor has rails into which various seats and accessories fit, meaning endless variations on how you configure the huge interior space. Essentially you have six full-size seats on the outer fixings, which can slide, fold or be removed as needed. A smaller central seat can form a bench for the middle or back row, or fold down to create an arm rest and table. A neat central binnacle can slide between the front seats and operate as a conventional storage area, or you can slide it between the two middle seats and unfold proper tables from it. Even with all the seats in place you get a decent boot, though it’s tall rather than long. If you need even more space you can get a longer body, with more space behind the third row of seats. The fact you can put the seats in-line also means you can fit people and long items like surf boards or bikes down one side, though ultimately there isn’t the space of a proper van like a Transporter and, frustratingly, in three-seat format the middle row isn’t actually wide enough for three Isofix seats. This seems a major dropped ball, given for families with more than two kids this is a major reason for buying a car like this.
On the road the Multivan benefits from its car foundations, and is way more civilised to drive than a van derived vehicle like the Caravelle
. it replaces. It’s quiet, comfy and the interior feels both genuinely premium but also usefully functional, which is a neat combination. Saying that, it might be a bit too fancy for some outdoorsy types more accustomed to chucking wet or muddy kit into the back of a conventional van.