Volkswagen Caravelle



Caravelle SE
From £ 43,485 OTR incl. VAT

Caravelle SE​

  • Bluetooth phone connectivity with trip computer and multi-function display
  • 5” touchscreen Composition Colour DAB+ radio with single MP3-compatible CD slot
  • USB connection in glove box or storage shelf
  • Semi-automatic air conditioning with second heater in rear passenger area
  • Driver Alert System
  • Electric front windows
  • Driver and front passenger seats with armrests, height and lumbar adjustment
  • Leather steering wheel, gear lever and gaiter
  • Passenger headlining with integrated ventilation strips and swivelling reading lights
  • Heat-insulating glass and integrated sun blinds for the rear side windows
  • Twin power-latching sliding doors
Caravelle Executive
From £ 47,145 OTR incl. VAT

Caravelle Executive​

  • Twin electric sliding rear doors
  • Leather and Alcantara™ upholstery
  • Heated front seats
  • Climatronic three level automatic air conditioning
  • Power latching tailgate
  • Privacy glass
  • 17” Cascavel black/silver diamond-turned alloy wheels
  • Four-eye instrument cluster including TFT colour display

Introduction

Arguably Volkswagen created the first people-carrier with the original split-screen Microbus, so they’ve had plenty of practice in creating a refined, efficient and appealing way of transporting up to seven people. The T6-based Caravelle is the latest generation of a long and successful family.

Design and Capacity

From the outside the Caravelle looks contemporary and stylish, with the Volkswagen family grille and crisp styling. Large side windows make for an airy and welcoming interior. There’s a choice of two wheelbases and both versions come with seven seats, with two individual seats in the first two rows and a three-person bench in the third row. All the rear seats can be slid backwards or even removed completely, so there’s a wide choice of possible seat configurations. You can also rotate the second-row seats to face the rear and create a conference layout, complete with an optional table.


​Performance

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).

Technology

If you want more in-car entertainment than offered by the standard 5” touchscreen with DAB+ radio, you can choose an optional 6.3” screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring. Alternatively choose optional satellite navigation and the larger screen plus smartphone compatibility is already included. Choose the Executive model and you will enjoy electric sliding doors that can be operated from the dashboard, key fob or the doors themselves (these are an option for the SE).

Safety

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.

Verdict

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.

Dimensions
​Vehicle Length4892 mm / 192.6 in​
​Vehicle Width1904 mm / 75 in​
​Vehicle Height​(unladen) 1907 mm / 75.1 in
​Wheelbase​3000 mm / 118.1
Weight
​Unladen Weight (DIN)​2308 kg / 5088 lb

Engine
​Engine / Cylinders​2.0-litre-/4
​Engine Capacity​1968 cc
​Max Torque​340 nm
​Max Power​103 kW @ 3500 rpm
Performance
Top Speed 107 mph
Acceleration 0-62 mph / 14.2 sec
Efficiency
Combined Cycle 36.7 mpg
Urban Cycle 28.2 mpg
CO2 203 g/km

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