He has become big and strong, particularly when compared to his forefathers. Watch that A-column and you know right away about view restrictions while driving. The loading space is more than 4m³ as a maximum, but this should be sufficient.
Going on with comparisons, it must be mentioned that fuel consumption is clearly reduced considering the vehicle size, even if it might be up to 14 litres/100 km. It is simply a matter of not exceeding the recommended maximum speed on highways too much.
What about road performance? He is not faster than the direct predecessor, but certainly fast enough and quickly enough he reaches a speed of 100 km/h. Knowing VW and their appetite for higher prices for more extras, you can put your money on the next, more powerful version(s).
However, everyday life with such a vehicle is not so easy, thinking of parking in general and parking garages especially. The helpfulness of electronic aids like cameras or sensors is limited. Changing the seat arrangement is another issue, but as soon as you have found a suitable campground and managed that complex task, nothing else opposes a good night´s sleep in a spacious bed or a chat while sitting in facing armchairs!
To sum it up, the comfort, sometimes a bit too softly- sprung transport of up to seven people is next to none. Unfortunately, so is the price as well, particularly if someone, full of enthusiasm, climbs up the surcharge list. 11/09