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2000 Volkswagen Eurovan

  • 2000 Volkswagen Eurovan GLS Van
    • MAX MPG
      20
    • SEATS
      7
    • HP/TORQUE
      140/177
    • ENGINE
      2.8L V6
    • MSRP
      $31,300
  • 2000 Volkswagen Eurovan MV Van
    • MAX MPG
      20
    • SEATS
      7
    • HP/TORQUE
      140/177
    • ENGINE
      2.8L V6
    • MSRP
      $32,800
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2000 Volkswagen Eurovan Review

Larger, but clumsier, than its competitors.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 2000 Volkswagen Eurovan, also known as the Transporter T4 in other countries, is a van that was introduced in 1990. It is the first in the German automaker’s lineup of vans with a front-mounted, water-cooled engine. It entered the North American market in 1992 with a short wheelbase version only being sold for the first model year. After the disappointing sales in 1992, Volkswagen cancelled the Eurovan for North America. However, it was reintroduced from the 1999 model year and continues to be offered for this year as well.

The Range

Body Styles: van
Engines: 2.8-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Volkswagen Eurovan GLS, Volkswagen Eurovan MV, Volkswagen Eurovan Camper

What's New

The 2000 Volkswagen Eurovan marks the second model year for the van in North America excluding its 1993 model. This particular model year comes with a few changes, including dark-tinted glass on the rear windows and side windows, remote central locking, and an indicator for brake wear. The Eurovan GLS model in particular gets some additional reading lights at the rear, and the bench seat in the middle is replaced by captain’s chairs.

Exterior

The 2000 Volkswagen Eurovan has an overall length of 188 inches, making it as long as the short-body Dodge Caravan. However, the van is also eight inches taller than the Caravan with an overall height of 76 inches. Both the GLS and Multivan (MV) models come with a sliding door for the passenger side that is manually opened and closed. A Camper body is available that is 16 inches longer and four inches taller than the GLS and MV models. This model comes with a manually sliding rear door for the passenger side.

Interior

The 2000 Volkswagen Eurovan GLS model is available with a typical minivan seat arrangement for seven occupants. The front seats hold two people, the middle bench holds two, and the rear bench holds three. However, the middle and rear benches do not come with an easy removal system- they have to be removed with wrenches. However, the seatback of the rear bench does fold down to offer more cargo space. The 2000 Volkswagen Eurovan MV model easily seats seven people, and the rear bench can be converted to a bed. Unlike the GLS, the rear bench for the MV can be removed easily with quick-release latches, and the same goes for the captain’s chairs in the middle. However, the middle chairs face the rear for the MV model. According to Volkswagen, the Eurovan can offer up to 19 cubic feet of cargo space at the rear, and this is without folding down the rear bench or removing the rear and middle seats. With just the front seats, the Eurovan offers more space than any other minivan in its class.

Performance & Handling

The 2000 Volkswagen Eurovan is available with a 2.8-liter, V-6 engine that delivers 140 horsepower with a four-speed automatic transmission. There are no other choices available for the engine or transmission. The MV model goes from standstill to 60 mph in 12.2 seconds with zero load, which is quite slow. The V-6 engine feels underpowered at times, and quickly loses steam when the van is pushed for quick passes. Downshifts with the automatic transmission are quite jerky, too. The high weight-power ratio of the van makes its performance rather sluggish. The van pitches a lot over the smallest humps and dips, and a lot of wheel patter takes place on freeway expansion joints. The 2000 Volkswagen Eurovan corners predictably, which is a good thing, but it lacks road grip, and tight corners require a huge reduction in speed.

Safety

Side airbags are not available for the 2000 Volkswagen Eurovan. However, headrests are available for all seating positions and so are three-point seatbelts for all forward-facing seats. The second and third rows are fitted with child set anchor points in the GLS model, while the points are available only for the second row in the MV model.

EPA Fuel Economy

Volkswagen Eurovan: 15/20 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Roomy interior
  • Lots of headroom
  • Responsive steering
  • Good brakes

You Won't Like

  • High price tag
  • Poor handling
  • Outdated cabin ergonomics

Sum Up

Larger, but clumsier, than its competitors.

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