Car Reviews Volkswagen Caravelle SE 1 9 PD TD 130 The AA — Volkswagen Caravelle

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is big, making parking in environments a pain Elderly and will find the step up the cabin a struggle Tailgate is big and considerable effort to both and close Caravelle’s high make it more vulnerable to than a car

The market for super-size might be a small one, but doesn’t mean buyers have to put up with substandard Volkswagen’s Caravelle might similar to its light commercial yet it behaves more like a car on the and could easily play the of executive airport taxi.

a conventional people carrier isn’t enough, few options open. One can go down the two car route a conventional hatchback and big, estate, or get an oversize off-roader as a Land Rover Discovery or Land Cruiser.

Both options smack of a compromise, and neither can offer the or flexibility of a van — if shifting items forms as much of routine as does transporting friends or even work or clients. And yet, essentially, a van with seats and windows you need.

Enter Volkswagen’s a vehicle with commercial but one that doesn’t drive an unrefined light commercial Furthermore, the big VW delivers the kind of and seating flexibility that modern people carriers to match.

Combining seven and sufficient room in which to out in plus the flexibility to swallow loads (although not at the same the Caravelle is a rare machine: one does exactly what it in the sales brochure.

Admittedly isn’t much competition in sector, but Mercedes’ Viano close to the Caravelle in terms of and seats. Predictably it feels of a prestige product, but sometimes the last thing you want hauling refuse to the local tip or children back from a football match.

Our verdict on the Caravelle SE 1.9 PD TD 130

While Volkswagen’s might be considered by many to be an contender for ‘Best MPV’, the big VW is the solution for anyone seeking an of space and flexibility. Unlike vans with windows the is refined and car-like to drive. only appeal to a limited of buyers, though.


Like other the Caravelle boasts a variable system, which means the onboard computer decides it’s time to visit the based on your driving This takes the guesswork out of and means that you can go for 18,000 and two years depending on driving Picking a diesel will help keep costs The only petrol model, a V6, will be of limited appeal to paying their own fuel

Space and practicality

Space is not at a in the Caravelle. In fact, it’s an place in which to lounge in. Most peoples’ focus understandably, be on the rear cabin. The are on rails so they can be moved to you want them; the clever, and standard fit table also and boasts a number of numerous — as does the cabin. You the option of folding all the rear flat to form a bed and there are a of handy sliding drawers the rear bench seat. The individual seats can be rotated 180 degrees if so desired.

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Car safety

Despite the obvious by some that the Caravelle is van than car, there’s no to feel second class safety is concerned. Just in a regular high-end people the big VW comes with twin and side airbags plus airbags. Rear curtain are on the options list. The included safety features are just as with ABS and traction control across the range, and brake plus VW’s electronic system standard on all but the entry-level diesel variant.


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While you don’t buy a Caravelle to go along country lanes in, the big VW is a people carrier that is at high speed and exhibits modest amounts of pitch and Even though a driving as high as the Caravelle’s will exaggerate body movement, only when negotiating the or corners or roundabouts will you it necessary to brace yourself. VW should be commended for not saddling the car only modest engines. The line-up offers plenty of — whichever unit you opt The only time you know in a van-derived MPV is when you traverse surfaced roads, as it’s that the Caravelle’s lack of makes itself known.

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Quality and image

Over the VW has worked hard to nurture the of a car maker offering higher average quality products. has not always worked out in practice, but the is not your average Volkswagen. it cannot hope to compete the likes of Renault’s Espace, easily better than people carriers from Kia and As for image, any van-derived MPV is hardly to have buyers flocking to and the Caravelle is not something that lust after. Bought for a the Caravelle is a car you learn to respect time.


With one the Caravelle boasts excellent to its front and rear passenger The exception being that if elderly or infirm you will it a struggle to access and egress the car the van-like ride height is the black mark against the Gaining access to the rear is as easy as sliding back one of the pair of sliding doors, are powered on Executive models. the rear bench and the two individual on rails, moving them is the work of a moment. And if you’re you can walk through the entire — even to the front, can also be accessed from side as there’s no floor-level console to negotiate.

Stereo and ICE (In car entertainment)

The stereo fitted to the Caravelle will familiar to most VW owners and a fine job in most respects. centrally in the fascia, the only is the stretch required by the driver to the volume control — wheel-mounted controls are not available. As way of a CD changer comes as standard, is more than you get in some full-size MPVs.

Van-like is a good thing as everything is easy reach

Colours and

The idea of being able to something the size of the Caravelle in colours is an odd one, but to its credit VW just that. Red is a particularly hue, if only because no chance of fellow road saying that they see you coming. Inside, the Caravelle is workmanlike. Hardwearing fabrics the seats, and the fascia is familiar VW The overall cabin ambience is a one, although some the must go the car’s numerous which let in an awful lot of light.

Volkswagen Caravelle
Volkswagen Caravelle
Volkswagen Caravelle
Volkswagen Caravelle
Volkswagen Caravelle
Volkswagen Caravelle


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