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VW California SE 2.0 BiTDi (2010) CAR

By Ben Pulman

First Drives

12 2010 11:45

Here at CAR big fans of the VW California, having run one on test for 12 months. And now Volkswagen has the California, grafting on the latest face, outfitting its interior the latest multimedia systems, and the Amarok pick-up’s new twin-turbo under the bonnet.

Think it for a moment as well and you’ll VW is the only car manufacturer producing its own – there’s no Mercedes Viano So it’s rather unique, but is the new California any good?

What’s new on this new VW California?

a mid-life nip ‘n’ tuck, which new front and rear lights (a la the Polo and Golf), along (apparently) more aerodynamic mirrors, though the latter are enormous. Inside the Golf its latest-gen sat-nav and air-con which work brilliantly and the massively outdated items of There’s a new steering wheel,

Under the bonnet the turbocharged five-cylinder diesel has been a four-pot 2.0-litre, available in and twin-turbo guises. We tried the version, and together with a DSG ‘box that replaces the old emissions drop from 257 to while the combined figure from 29.1 to 34.9mpg. 8bhp more than too, and although the 295lb ft output remains the same, now spread over more A manual ‘box and a four-wheel version are available.

It’s not exactly fast, but it is and more refined than and if you spec cruise control – it should be standard – then you can cover 500 miles at 80-90mph. not exactly dynamic either, and wear through the outside of tyres if you try and throw it around, but the weight helps crush the into submission so the ride is pretty good.

But the California was never going to be a masterpiece…

Of course, and it really into its own when it’s still. There are two gas hobs, a and a sink (yes, the Cali comes with the proverbial sink) complete with water supply. Plus the seats swivel and a table up so you can eat inside, or there’s a table and two hidden in the sliding side and rear boot if you want to sit

Come bed time there are blinds for the windows aft of the B-pillar, and DIY fold-out items for everything so you can sleep in darkness even in the of the day. The rear bench flat and creates a bed for two downstairs, the roof also raises up to space for two more sleepers. And a proper (battery-driven) heater to you warm, and a total of three so you won’t need to be jump-started in the if it’s been a cold

Would you really spend £40,000 on a camper van?

Ah the price – the California is without an extravagance. And £40k buys you of nights in lots of nice for many years to come. But if got long (camping) family planned then it’s the accompaniment. Or if you like your then it’s a better than a sports car for Le Mans and the and with a tow hook it’s for towing a racer to circuit and you with warm and comfortable accommodation.


Lots of people won’t get the VW California, hence the Volkswagen sells around 300 a in the UK. But there are others that get the Cali, and if they can afford it, love it too. We love it, just a pity we haven’t got the to have one.

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