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Volkswagen Caravelle Review

Volkswagen Caravelle
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Volkswagen Caravelle
Volkswagen Caravelle
Volkswagen Caravelle
Volkswagen Caravelle
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  • Launched in 2015
  • MPV
  • Diesel
  • Launch year
    2015
  • Body type
    MPV
  • Fuel type
    Diesel

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heycar rating
Comfortably spacious, can carry eight

Best bits

  • Quiet and refined on the move
  • Excellent amounts of technology
  • Space for seven and all their luggage

Not so great

  • The seats are heavy and awkward to move around
  • Ride can get a bit bumpy
  • Expensive to buy brand new

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Overall verdict

"The Volkswagen Carevelle is posh, practical and comfortable for multiple adults, but you pay for the privilege and you never totally escape the van roots."

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The Volkswagen Caravelle is a large, comfortable and practical way of carrying up to eight adults without having to argue about who squeezes into the part-time seats in the boot.


It comes with proper grown-up sized seats for everyone and, because the Caravelle is based on Volkswagen’s medium panel van, the Transporter, it offers a great deal of space for luggage, too. 


There is a huge amount of flexibility, meaning that you don’t have to treat the Caravelle like it is a school minibus and nothing else – the two seats in the second row can swivel around to face the rear for example. This makes travelling with friends far more sociable as you can have a face-to-face conversation rather than one where several of you are simply staring at the back of your compatriots’ heads.


You can, should you wish, remove all the seats completely, though, which means you get to treat the Caravelle as a van. Doing this isn’t a quick and easy job, though, and you’re better off enlisting a friend to help. Whether you’re using the rear of the Caravelle for people or big boxes the big sliding side doors and top-hinged tailgate mean that getting everyone and everything in is easy.


The benefits of the Volkswagen Transporter underpinnings extend beyond just practicality, though, with the strong engine range and keen handling both a bonus. The engines are all diesel at the moment, with the 2.0-litre coming with a choice of 150PS or 199PS. The 150PS is the pick, as it has plenty of punchy performance for overtaking and pulling away from a standstill, but it doesn’t come with the price premium of the higher-powered version. There is very little difference between the two in terms of economy, though.


The gearbox choice is simple, though, as you can only get the Caravelle with a smooth-shifting automatic. This is a bit of a nod to the kind of customer at which the Caravelle is aimed – it’s designed to appeal more to the executive chauffeur and airport taxi market than large families. This is reflected in the level of kit and the dashboard finish, too. Rather than simply offering the same cabin as the van, for example, the Caravelle gets the digital cockpit that is also found in several of Volkswagen’s passenger cars. 


There are two trim levels on offer – SE and Executive – but both come with a generous amount of stuff. SE gets a 6.5-inch touchscreen with App Connect and seven seats as standard. Executive adds that digital cockpit, satellite navigation, wireless App Connect and electric side doors and tailgate, amongst other things.


There are also two lengths on offer, with both coming with seven seats as standard, although you can upgrade this to eight seats in four rows of two in the longer wheelbase model. It maxes out at just under two metres tall on both versions, so you shouldn’t have any issues with the urban height restrictions that pop up on car parks and the like.


With prices starting at just shy of £39,000 excluding VAT (for the commercial users – retail buyers will have to shell out just under £50,000) this is not a cheap vehicle, however. Those wanting to impress passengers on corporate journeys, or provide a luxurious airport taxi will find it well suited, but large families can get better value in more conventional MPVs.

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Volkswagen Caravelle

2.0 TDI BlueMotion Tech 150 SE 5dr DSG

  • 2019
  • 22,968 miles

Manufacturer Approved

  • Marshall Volkswagen Bridgwater
  • Somerset, TA64BJ
Price:£48,000
PCP: £817.09/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £817.09, Customer Deposit: £7,200.00, Total Deposit: £7,200.00, Optional Final Payment: £19,720.00, Total Charge For Credit: £7,518.15, Total Amount Payable: £55,518.15, Representative APR: 8.5%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 8.49%, Excess Mileage Charge: 7.2ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Volkswagen Caravelle
Volkswagen Caravelle
Volkswagen Caravelle

Volkswagen Caravelle

2.0 TDI BlueMotion Tech 150 SE 5dr DSG

  • 2019
  • 23,628 miles

Manufacturer Approved

  • Marshall Volkswagen Bridgwater
  • Somerset, TA64BJ
Price:£48,000
PCP: £818.80/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £818.80, Customer Deposit: £7,200.00, Total Deposit: £7,200.00, Optional Final Payment: £19,652.50, Total Charge For Credit: £7,510.50, Total Amount Payable: £55,510.50, Representative APR: 8.5%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 8.49%, Excess Mileage Charge: 7.2ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the Volkswagen Caravelle right for you?

The Caravelle will absolutely fit into your life if you need to transport seven adults and luggage, with both versions providing an excellent amount of room for people. Compared to a standard MPV you will be able to carry fully grown adults without the awkward contorting that is necessary to squeeze into the back row of, say, a Volkswagen Sharan.


The problem comes when you consider the price – the Caravelle is easier to justify if it is earning you money rather than costing you with every mile you cover. If you need to transport colleagues, and particularly those who might not be as flexible as teenage passengers. Being able to sit five occupants facing one another in the back is a real bonus – it means that your rear-most passengers can have a pre-meeting meeting without having to talk over their shoulders or twist around.

What’s the best Volkswagen Caravelle model/engine to choose?

The SE trim is the pick of the two versions, not least because it is the only one that is available with the choice of both short and long wheelbases. If you plan on being able to carry a full complement of passengers and their luggage then that is the one to go for, so if you are running a posh holiday transfer service then the shorter model won’t cut it.


The more powerful 199PS engine adds more than £2000 to the price, too, and the lower powered version is perfectly strong enough to cope with a full load and hilly routes so there isn’t a vast amount of reason to upgrade. 


The Executive trim might add some nice toys, but the SE comes well enough equipped that you are unlikely to feel hard done by.

What other cars are similar to the Volkswagen Caravelle?

Few manufacturers have direct rivals to the Volkswagen Caravelle, but there are a couple of other options to mull over. The Ford Tourneo Custom is slightly more workman-like, while the Mercedes-Benz V-Class is posher but pricier with it. The Peugeot Traveller, Citroen Spacetourer and Vauxhall Vivaro Life are the other main options and are slightly more affordable.


If you are a family wanting to carry seven then you could get more value from a more conventional MPV like a SEAT Alhambra, Volkswagen Sharan or Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer.

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On the inside

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Driving

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How much does it cost to run

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Prices, versions and specification

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