Road Test Volkswagen Caravelle Business — Volkswagen Caravelle

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Road Test — Caravelle Business

When facelifted its big people-mover range a of years ago, it transformed the into a serious, and much-needed to the Mercedes-Benz Viano.

But although private hire operators added the Caravelle to their as airport shuttles and versatile there’s still a feeling the big Volkswagen still can’t its van roots – it’s basically a version of the latest T5 Transporter. And the Transporter is one of the best-finished vans on the it’s still a van.

of course, bears the same to the Mercedes-Benz Vito van as the Caravelle to the Transporter. But somehow, that star elevates it above humble associations. For VW to compete for business, it was going to have to its game.

And this is what come up with. The Caravelle doesn’t look too different on the – it has privacy glass, 17in wheels, darkened rear clusters, electrically folding mirrors and a laminated windscreen for noise damping.

But it contains a upgraded interior that’s to operate as a “mobile boardroom” for users, complete with of the art technology, including Wi-Fi connectivity and Bluetooth. This is to the Caravelle’s top-line twin-turbo powertrain, including DSG dual-clutch transmission and the option of Motion four-wheel drive.

The VW Caravelle Business is pitched large, full-size luxury It’s priced well Mercedes S-Class territory at on the road, or £68,855 as tested 4Motion transmission. That’s a premium over the Caravelle that we tested earlier in the which costs £43,855 for the powertrain, but a more basic

Luggage space

So what the extra twenty-five grand get What it doesn’t get you is an extended compartment. Rather surprisingly, the new flagship model is based on the version. There is a longer with a 400mm longer but it’s only available on the SE trim level – you can’t have Executive trim the LWB model, because 4Motion is available on SWB versions.

Even so, loadspace is useable even the seats fully back. luggage space is 505 litres the rear seat back to the but sliding the third row of seats will make more The load lip is low, and scuffs and when loading bags are by a chrome kick-plate and matt-finish protector.

Passenger cabin

of the upgrades are in the passenger cabin. every Caravelle, the two middle swivel to face forwards or so the four individual seats can be either in rows or in a conference while the rear bench is replaced by a more opulent unit which is multi-adjustable and with an integrated fridge the seats. The third-row seat also gains burr inserts with integrated and seat adjustment buttons, and the compartment has curtain airbags.

Access to the rear is via electric doors on both sides of the These can be operated via buttons on the control or by using buttons on the so you can open the doors while at the There is a recessed step to be as the floor is built higher the Transporter van to accommodate the rails for the seats.

The rear compartment has air conditioning, which can be controlled via nozzles above both seat rows. There are individual rear lights for the two rows.

We like the clever table and storage unit, can serve as a business class fold-out drinks table, with cup holders and magazine The table top can also extend telescopically, and can rotate through 90 giving a decent-sized work for those mobile meetings. this is available as an option on the trim level, and we’d to see a slightly more up-market to the unit, perhaps with a top to match the insets on the third-row unit.

The seats can be grouped around the table, which is mounted on the rails and can be moved back and In the Caravelle Business, the seats in high-grade Nappa leather – in a fetching black-and-beige two-tone on our car.

There are 12v power complete with adaptors allow a standard British plug to be used, thus standard laptops or other to be powered, using the separate

At the wheel

In the driver’s compartment the leather is carried through on the seats and the door cards, as as neat carpeted mats in with beige edging. is pretty much as per the Caravelle with the largest sat-nav available on the Caravelle range.

features include cruise 6.5in sat-nav screen and hard drive, a leather steering wheel, lane assist to warn of vehicles in the blind spot, and a programmable to ensure the interior can always be at the desired temperature. A second with cut-off relay the rear seating area can be independently.

It also has front and parking sensors with camera and Xenon headlights automatic activation, LED daytime lights, headlamp washer and heated front washer while electric sliding doors provide easy and exit for rear passengers.

On the

Under the bonnet is Volkswagen’s powerful version of its familiar TDI engine – the 180PS bi-turbo. common-rail turbodiesel engine is cleaner and more economical the 2.5-litre diesels used on the Caravelle. It gives a claimed on the combined cycle (34.9mpg 4Motion) and Euro5 emissions of a 232g/km (214g/km without On test, we achieved a slightly overall figure of 28.3mpg 300 miles.

Volkswagen Caravelle

With 400Nm of torque and all-wheel drive, the Caravelle is a competent MPV in all conditions. The 4Motion could be a real boon in the too. Peak torque of is available between 1,500 and Most of the time, you’re in this rev range – at 50mph in sixth gear at around Kick down for overtaking and doing 1,900rpm in fifth as you up to 70mph. Cruising at 70mph in the long-legged seventh gear, but below 2,000rpm. So maximum is on tap almost all the time.

It’s a powertrain – the Caravelle feels refined than the Viano we last year, though face a stiff challenge the excellent all-new Ford we tested last month. is positive without being while ride is good – you the bumpiest bumps, but it’s smooth.

Safety features

has been enhanced with the of new features. Hill-start assistant is as standard; ESP has been refined, and a new warning light for emergency lights has been added. The Assist lane change has been adapted from the SUV. This system LEDs in the exterior mirrors to the driver of any vehicles in the blind

Also new is a tyre monitor (TMD), which constantly how quickly the tyres are rotating. By the different speeds, the system when the tyre pressure has so giving early warning of a puncture.

Rather than a camera, the Caravelle has audible sensors with a graphic showing how close the obstacles are – turns from green to to red as the beeps speed up.


already sung the praises of the Caravelle when we tested it in a trim level. And the Caravelle certainly raises the standard of the – this is the most luxurious MPV available direct from a

It’s certainly a very way to travel, but it comes at a hefty premium. And frankly, there seem to be enough extra and luxury to justify the £25,000 cost above the Caravelle Leather seats, plusher a nicer third row seating and improved connectivity seem to be the extras. Could you get a similar by buying a standard Caravelle and a bespoke coachbuilder to customise the

It’s a bit disappointing that the Business doesn’t come as a version. It’s all very offering “mobile boardroom” but executives who need that of facility are often travelling – luggage. Four sets of is a bit of a squeeze in the SWB Caravelle – while a doddle in the LWB version. You can’t get Executive trim in the LWB version – VW only sees the LWB Caravelle as a basic crew-bus.

What the Business needs is a chauffeur – especially a leasing or contract package that makes it on a monthly basis – at nearly most chauffeurs would at the price, and spend the money on a saloon instead.


Caravelle Business 2.0-litre 180PS

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