What is a Minivan
Family vans include both large-capacity models and so-called minivans. A variable interior is one of the main features of these vehicles and determines the purchase of cars crucial. A minivan usually has five to seven seats, a few cars are even equipped with nine seats.
The advantages are obvious: better overview through an increased seating position and additional passenger space through a, usually optionally available, third row of seats.
What are these vehicles now offering what others do not offer. It is the combination of possibilities to be prepared for every situation in everyday life. It can thus whole room facilities (not yet built) transport as well as half the youth team of the local football club. In between, pretty much every variant is possible. The way in which manufacturers put this variability on the wheels is quite different and takes place mainly inside the vehicle.
The limits for the compact vans set their external dimensions, up to four-and-a-half meters in length and rarely under 1.60 meters in height and a maximum payload of about 500 kg.
Seats expandable or retractable
One thing is clear, if transporter qualities are required, the stalls must give way. If the seats can be removed, this is usually associated with a show of strength (a single seat weighs well and likes 15 kg), but then there is also a higher load space and more payload ready. In addition, they must also be stored somewhere. If, however, the seats are retractable in the load compartment floor, nothing speaks against a spontaneous shopping trip in the hardware store.
Second row of seats: individual seats or bench
Anyone who often transports three people in the backseat will do them the favor with a seat. Because with a vehicle width of 1.7 to 1.8 meters compromises have to be made in three individual seats and these usually affect the middle. The advantage of individual seating: the middle seat can almost always be folded backwards and the two outer seats pushed inwards and backwards. This creates a comfortable "living landscape" with a high noise factor.
The third row of seats
Without much to talk about: The third row of seats is the stepchild. Although the individual seats can effortlessly and just sink into the ground, but they are only thinly padded and have more of the character of emergency seats.
Adults do not want to expect this seat opportunity actually. Because they are accessible only by means of dislocations and for the legs is as good as no space available. Even children should be treated to something better on a longer trip.
In addition: If you are traveling in a minivan a lot of people, the trunk volume shrinks to zero.
How to load your minivan correctly
The cargo must never protrude above the top edge of the rear seat backrests. Can not be avoided should safety nets or divider grilles be mounted. For many vehicles, grids or mounting eyelets are already provided or retrofitted as standard. The advice of technicians: "Absolutely prevent parts of the load from being thrown forward during an abrupt braking operation. In addition, use all available options to protect the entire family in the car."
Virtually every manufacturer now also sells minivan models in its range in order to score points in the lucrative market for young families. Vans and minivans: Better overview and up to nine seats with ample storage space are strong arguments that many manufacturers take into account in their combi models in different ways.