The 2.0 TDI diesel also comes in 150PS and 204PS variants. This offers more low-down torque and will return better mpg especially on longer runs, while petrol tends to warm up faster and thus be better suited to short urban journeys. All engines are Euro 6 compatible so will be able to enter London’s Ultra-Low Emissions Zone unpenalized, and all engines are available with a choice of 6-speed manual or 7-speed DSG dual-clutch direct-shift gearbox. Volkswagen’s 4MOTION all-wheel drive is uniquely available with the short-wheelbase 204PS (199PS TDI engine from June production onwards).
The Caravelle features a rigid safety cell with crumple
zones to absorb crash energy, while the driver and front passenger are also
protected by front and side airbags. Safety systems include Anti-Lock Braking,
Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme)
and Volkswagen’s Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which prevents
secondary collisions. Four ISOFIX child seat mountings for the rear seats are
provided as standard.
If you’re in the market for a seven-seater you’re increasingly spoiled for choice, and it could also be worth considering Volkswagen’s own Sharan. But the Caravelle impresses with plenty of space thanks to its van-derived box-like shape, especially in long-wheelbase versions. It is deservedly popular among chauffeur drive companies as well as for companies that regularly need to transport colleagues between venues. More refined than most van-based people carriers, more spacious than most MPVs, it could be the people-carrier you’re looking for.
|Vehicle Length||4892 mm / 192.6 in|
|Vehicle Width||1904 mm / 75 in|
|Vehicle Height||(unladen) 1907 mm / 75.1 in|
|Wheelbase||3000 mm / 118.1|
|Unladen Weight (DIN)||2308 kg / 5088 lb|
|Engine / Cylinders||2.0-litre-/4|
|Engine Capacity||1968 cc|
|Max Torque||340 nm|
|Max Power||103 kW @ 3500 rpm|
|Top Speed||107 mph|
|Acceleration||0-62 mph / 14.2 sec|
|Combined Cycle||36.7 mpg|
|Urban Cycle||28.2 mpg|