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Volkswagen Multivan vs Honda Odyssey

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Volkswagen Multivan
Volkswagen Multivan

$58,990 - $69,880

2021 price

Honda Odyssey
Honda Odyssey

$44,990 - $54,880

2021 price


2021 Volkswagen Multivan
2021 Honda Odyssey
Safety Rating

Engine Type
Diesel Turbo 4, 2.0L

Inline 4, 2.4L
Fuel Type

Unleaded Petrol
Fuel Efficiency
6.6L/100km (combined)

8.0L/100km (combined)

  • Diesel only
  • It's quite large
  • Needs more advanced safety gear for the price

  • Lacklustre engine
  • Dull CVT
  • Foot-operated park brake
2021 Volkswagen Multivan Summary

One must maintain several affections in one's life, I think that's fair. I don't mean that in the life-partner sense, that would get me blamed for marriage breakdowns. But then, as a motoring journalist, you do sometimes wonder if your recommendations send a few relationships over the edge.

What I mean is, having a few interests keeps life interesting. In this context, I'm thinking of two things that move me. Special Editions (of pretty much anything, except superhero movies) and VW vans. I can't stress enough how much I - and, as it turns out, just about every other road user - love a Volkswagen van.

Put these two excellent things together and you have the Volkswagen Multivan Cruise, a special edition that somehow commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Kombi. I don't care how, I'm just intrigued by its existence and, by the grace of The Great Editor, I spent a week behind the wheel and a good chunk of that time exploring the interior of the Multivan Cruise.

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2021 Honda Odyssey Summary

Nearly every car brand has jumped well and truly onto the SUV bandwagon in 2021, offering models in small, medium and large varieties for buyers of all budgets and lifestyles.

Honda Australia is a notable exception here however, and while it has the HR-V and CR-V to satisfy small- and medium-crossover buyers, there is nothing for those after a large SUV that seats seven.

To try and fill that gap, Honda has updated its Odyssey people mover with fresh looks, more safety and new tech to not only compete against the Kia Carnival and Toyota Prius V, but also the likes of the Toyota Kluger, Mazda CX-8 and Hyundai Santa Fe.

Can Honda’s Odyssey still cut it in a world that has gone SUV crazy? Let’s find out.

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