Known by many names, the Kombi is one of the most iconic vehicles in history. Volkswagen first introduced the nameplate in 1950 as the second car model to the Beetle. More than 50 years later, the Kombi makes it back to the Philippines, albeit now highly modernized and in a more premium package.
Volkswagen Philippines has officially introduced the Multivan Kombi, marking a momentous comeback to the local market.
Powered by a 2.0-liter TDI diesel engine connected to a 7-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) with Tiptronic and coasting functions, it has maximum power rating of 148 bhp and 251 lb-ft. of torque. The diesel mill promises adequate power and fuel efficiency, while the Tiptronic and coasting functions help lessen driver fatigue during extended drives. It offers modern driving modes such as Normal, Sport, Comfort, and Eco.
The Multivan Kombi has a come a long way from its utilitarian roots, as it shifts be more like an MPV with up-to-date features.
While it maintains a familiar shape reminiscent of Kombi generations of the past, the exterior offers the latest technology Volkswagen has to offer. For starters, it has electric dual sliding doors and a power tailgate. The elegant lines are complemented by LED daytime running lights (DRLs), headlights, taillights, and 17-inch alloy wheels.
The refinement of the Multivan Kombi continues into the cabin. It’s worth noting that the seats come standard with Nappa leather. Both the first and second rows are equipped with captain chairs to complement the elegance brought by electric dual sliding doors. These dual swivel captain chairs also make way for a multi-function table that can be used for laptops or meals while on-the-go. Other amienieites include a 3-zone Climatronic air conditioning system and an Active Info Display for the driver’s instrument cluster.
For entertainment, the Multivan Kombi comes standard with an 8-inch Discover Media with navigation, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.
The new-generation Volkswagen Kombi also comes with an array of safety technology. Apart from the 6 airbags scattered throughout the cabin, it offers Driver Alert, Electronic Stabilization Program, Anti-Slip Regulation, Electronic Differential Lock, and Hill Start Assist. The highlight on safety, however, is the Crosswind Assist feature. This technology automatically applies gentle, course-corrective braking whenever strong winds are encountered by the van at speeds above 80 km/h.
The Volkswagen Multivan Kombi is made and shipped directly from Volkswagen AG in Hanover, Germany. This particular model does not come from Volkswagen’s subsidiary in China as they don’t produce diesel engines.
In terms of aftersales service, the van comes with a 2-year warranty coverage, 2-year spare parts warranty, and a 12-year no-through corrosion — all with unlimited mileage. Volkswagen dealerships also guarantee at least a 3-month stock availability on fast-moving parts, either for general repair or for collision parts. These dealerships also offer 24/7 emergency roadside assistance.
The Multivan Kombi Highline comes in 4standard colors: Black Pearlescent, Reflex Silver, and the Bi-Colors Reflex Silver/Starlight Blue Metallic and Reflex Silver/Fontana Red. An additional 12 colors are available for special orders: Fontana Red, Ravenna Blue, Starlight Blue, Mojave Beige, Bay Leaf Green, Copper Bronze, Indium Grey, Candy White, and the Bi-Colors Reflex Silver/Indium Grey, Mojave Beige/Black Pearl, Candy White/Bay Leaf Green, and Candy White/Copper Bronze.
The Volkswagen Multivan Kombi is now available in the following variants and prices:
- Kombi Highline (Monocolor): P3,595,000
- Kombi Highline (Bi-Color): P3,640,000
To know more about the Multivan Kombi, log on to www.volkswagen.com.ph, or inquire from your nearest Volkswagen dealer.