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Volkswagen CARAVELLE DIESEL ESTATE 2.0 TDI SE 199 5dr LWB DSG

Volkswagen CARAVELLE 2.0 TDI SE 199 5dr LWB DSG
Volkswagen CARAVELLE 2.0 TDI SE 199 5dr LWB DSG
Volkswagen CARAVELLE 2.0 TDI SE 199 5dr LWB DSG
Volkswagen CARAVELLE 2.0 TDI SE 199 5dr LWB DSG
Volkswagen CARAVELLE 2.0 TDI SE 199 5dr LWB DSG
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Volkswagen CARAVELLE 2.0 TDI SE 199 5dr LWB DSG
Volkswagen CARAVELLE 2.0 TDI SE 199 5dr LWB DSG
Volkswagen CARAVELLE 2.0 TDI SE 199 5dr LWB DSG
Volkswagen CARAVELLE 2.0 TDI SE 199 5dr LWB DSG
Volkswagen CARAVELLE 2.0 TDI SE 199 5dr LWB DSG

Key Info Compare

  • FuelDiesel
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG44.10
  • 0-62mph10.1 secs
  • Top Speed124 mph
  • C02168 g/km
  • BHP199
  • Torque lbs/f
  • P11D37%

Review

The commercial vehicle origins of the sixth generation Volkswagen Caravelle endow it with more interior space than most large MPVs but it masks its links to the Transporter van very well inside where quality is high, especially in this improved '6.1'-series version. With ample space for seven adults and luggage, strong common-rail diesel engines and a classy feel, there isn't much else that can do what a Caravelle can.

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Volkswagen's improved Caravelle 6.1 might look like a straightforward large People Carrier but it's almost unique in today's market. Jonathan Crouch explains why.

Background

What is the Volkswagen Caravelle? It's a good question. Based on the Volkswagen Transporter panel van and sold through Volkswagen Van Centres, one perfectly reasonable assumption would be that it's a van. It's got seven seats, though, so you could also finger it as a minibus. Then you'd clamber inside and see that those seats slide, fold and rotate. Could the Caravelle be an MPV? It could be but with those arm-chair style seats and the superior materials in the range-topping models, it's quite upmarket for the kids. Maybe it's an executive limousine. Let's stop this. What we do know for sure is that the Caravelle has been enhanced in its latest T6 MK6 model guise and it looks just as versatile and difficult to pin down as ever. There are no prizes for guessing that this vehicle has its origins in the van sector. It looks identical to the Volkswagen T6 Transporter, apart from the side windows running its length. Volkswagen offers minibus versions of the Transporter without the plush cabin and adaptable seating system and those vehicles act as the bridge between the highfaluting Caravelle and its more workmanlike relative. It's been around for a while and, from commercial vehicle to mobile office space for the chairman of the board, it's been put to no end of uses but Volkswagen has worked to improve the range in this sixth generation form, with smarter looks, extra equipment and more efficient engines.

Driving Experience

You'll want to know whether it drives like a car-like MPV or a van-like minibus, so let's get that out of the way right up-front. The on-road experience is somewhere between the two, though your reaction might be more positive than that if you're not up to speed with just how dynamically adept the latest generation of large vans really are. This feeling you get at the wheel of this one varies a little of course depending on whether it's fully loaded with passengers, a state in which both ride and composure are much improved. If there's no one in your Caravelle but you, you're probably more likely to notice the vague power steering and the slightly lumpy low-speed ride. And of course the high-sided shape and 2.5-tonne kerb weight don't take particularly kindly to sharp high speed cornering antics. Better of course to settle back and use this vehicle as intended, wafting around on the potent wave of torque delivered by the common rail four cylinder 2.0 TDI diesel engines. There are two on offer here, base models being powered by a single turbo 150PS unit that gets this sizeable chunk of German real estate to 62mph in 12.9s en route to 113mph. Ideally though, you want to opt for the pokier 199PS version of this TDI unit, which offers a touch more pulling power that'd be useful when towing: all Caravelles can tow a braked trailer of up to 2,500kgs. All models now come with a seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox.

Design and Build

This improved '6.1'-series Caravelle gets the smarter nose section introduced with the Transporter 6.1 van. There's a new front grille and bumper - actually, everything below the bonnet line has been restyled, plus the headlamps are narrower and now more seamlessly merge with the grille crossbar. As before, this MPV is available in either short or long wheelbase bodystyles. Inside, the '6.1'-series updates include a redesigned dash offering a choice of two centre-dash infotainment screens, measuring either 6.5 or 8.0 inches, and there's 'Apple CarPlay'/'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring All the excitement though, is in this MPV's sheer cabin flexibility. At 4,892mm long and 1,904mm wide in short wheelbase form, the Caravelle was never going to be anything but roomy. The seating layout is comprised of two arm-chairs in the front and two more behind with a three-seater bench in the back row. Unlike many seven-seater MPVs, there's also a usable luggage area behind the third row and it can be made more usable by sliding the rear bench forward on its runners. The front and second row seating is also mounted on a system of runners in the Caravelle's floor so these chairs can be moved around to tweak the layout. The front seats can even be rotated 180 degrees to face backwards, creating a kind of living room layout around the multi-function table that's mounted on its own rail in the centre of the cabin. If you get tired, the back seats fold down into a bed. Adaptability is not in short supply then, but how well does it all work? It's theoretically possible to lift all of the furniture out of the Caravelle but you'll need biceps the size of breadbins: it's not light. Sliding the chairs around is quite straightforward, although you might need to think ahead before embarking on a rearrangement as the multi-function table can get in the way. The build quality impresses and even in standard trim, the Caravelle doesn't feel like a commercial vehicle. The switchgear and instruments will be familiar to VW passenger car owners and there's an abundance of storage options around the vehicle.

Market and Model

Caravelle 6.1 customers have a lot of decisions to make when it comes to specifying their vehicle. For standard 'SE' variants, prices start at around £50,000, with premium of around £2,500 if you want the long wheelbase version which is 400mm longer. If you're happy wih the short wheelbase shape, then a premium of around £6,000 will get you plusher 'Executive' trim, which starts from around £55,000. Both of the TDI engines come only with Volkswagen's 7-speed DSG twin-clutch system that allows manual or automatic shifting. The 199PS version of this engine can also come with the 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system. There's even a California model based on the Caravelle that amounts to a full motorhome conversion. SE trim gets you air-conditioning, alloy wheels, Bluetooth and a DAB 8-speaker stereo but the Executive spec really goes to town. It adds alcantara/leather trim, cruise control, heated front seats, electric sliding side doors, speed sensitive power steering and a climate control system with separate controls for the rear seat occupants. Ths Caravelle's pricing will limit its appeal for family buyers but there's little to match its combination of opulence and space outside of the similarly priced Mercedes-Benz V-Class models, so there may still be some takers. The Executive model has obvious appeal for companies needing to transport personnel over long distances in comfort with all the bells and whistles.

Cost of Ownership

The 2.0-litre diesel engines powering the Caravelle have a weighty role to fill but they still turn in reasonable economy figures that have significantly improved in this Euro 6 guise by around 15%. The base 150PS 2.0 TDI variant manages up to 34.4mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and up to 216g/km of WLTP CO2, figures that fall only fractionally if you specify the long wheelbase bodyshape, the 199PS TDI engine or 4MOTION AWD. The Euro 6 engines have Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) with an AdBlue exhaust additive. The AdBlue filler is in the same flap as the vehicle's diesel tank neck and the adoption of a 13-litre AdBlue tank has seen the fuel tank drop in size from 80 litres to 70 litres.

Summary

Whether you see it as a posh minibus, an executive MPV or some kind of lifestyle vehicle in the mould of VW's classic Camper vans, the Volkswagen Caravelle's unique selling point is space. There just aren't many vehicles that can seat seven in this kind of comfort and take a significant amount of luggage along for the ride. The pricing will deter some but buyers are getting a big hunk of vehicle for their money and there aren't too many alternatives with similar qualities.

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Driver Convenience
Driver alert system
Front and rear parking sensors
Radio composition with 6.5 inch colour touch screen
Washer fluid level indicator
Adaptive cruise control including speed limiter and city emergency braking
Bluetooth handsfree set
Coolant temperature indicator
Cross wind assist
Digital clock
eCall emergency system
Mobile phone interface
Premium multifunction display with multicolour display
Rest assist
Service interval indicator
Start/stop system with regenerative braking
Tailgate closing with unlatching from the inside
Tailgate with window aperture and with power latching
Trip computer
Volkswagen app connect
Warning lights
Without camera systems
Without lane change system side Assist
Without navigation system
Without voice control
Exterior Features
Cornering front fog lights
Exterior mirrors heated and electronically adjustable
Green tinted heat insulating glass
H7 twin halogen headlamps
Heat insulating windshield made of laminated glass
Solid paint
10 feet standard roof with mounting points for roof rack system
Additional dust seals on the outside
Automatic headlight control system
Black radiator grille with 5 chrome trims
Body colour bumpers
Body coloured exterior mirror housings and door handles
Break away auto dimming rear view interior mirror
Caravelle nameplate on the fender and on the rear
Daytime running light with automatic headlight control, leaving home feature and manual coming home feature
Electric front windows
Fixed side window front and rear in load/passenger compartment left and right
Headlight range control
Left and right convex exterior mirror
Manual coming and leaving home function
Rear window with heat insulating glass, heated, rear window wiper and washer system
Red LED rear combination lamps
Sliding door on the left in load/ passenger compartment with power latching
Sliding door on the right in load/ passenger compartment with power latching
Windshield wiper intermittent control with rain sensor for windshield wipers
Without adhesive film
Without trailer hitch
Interior Features
1 waste bin in door storage compartment of the cab
2 swivel seats with longitudinal adjustment on rail system in 2nd row
3 seater movable bench with reclining action and storage tray in 3rd row
Air conditioning system in cab with electronic control and 2nd heating system in passenger compartment with ventilation in passenger compartment
Circuit fabric upholstery
3 Spoke leather multi function steering wheel
Air recirculation system
Air vent in driver's door
Armrest for both cab seats
Comfort headliner in cab and headliner for recirculated air vents in passenger compartment
Comfort seat on the left and right with lumbar support, in 1st row of seats (not swiveling)
Comfort side trim panel in passenger compartment
Dashboard illuminated dimmable instruments
Dust/pollen filters
Electromechanical speed sensitive power steering, height and longitudinally adjustable steering column
Front cupholder
Front/rear reading lights
Glove compartment with illumination
Grab handles on A pillar for access, on driver and front passenger side
Height and tilt adjustable head restraints for all seats
Illuminated steps in passenger/load compartment
Interior lighting with LED technology in load/passenger compartment
Interior lighting with switch off delay and contact switches on all doors
Interior loading edge protection in plastic
ISOFIX and top tether child seat anchorage in 2nd to 4th rows
Jack and tool kit
Lashing rings for load restraint system for reinforced floor covering
Leather handbrake grip
Lockable glovebox
Luggage compartment cover
Lumbar support on the left and right single seat in the 1st row of seats(Both manually adjustable)
Multifunction table with separate guide rails in the floor
Rail seat system in passenger compartment
Rear cupholders
Refrigerant R1234yf
Reinforced carpet floor covering in passenger compartment
Roller blinds for side windows
Seat height adjustment for left and right single seat in cab
Soft folding grab handles on roof frame
Special interior noise suppression measures
Special sound deadening measures in cab and passenger compartment
Step illumination with caravelle lettering
Storage compartment on outer side of front seats
Storage net on lower dash passenger side
Storage pockets in backrests of front seats
Sun visors with illuminated mirror and airbag label on front passenger sun visor
Sunshades for side windows in passenger compartment
Two 12V accessory power outlets
Variable intensity instrument illumination
Velour non woven floor covering in cab
Without floor mats
Without seat heater
Safety
Warning triangle and first aid kit
3 point automatic seatbelts in rear
Brake pad warning light
Driver and front passenger airbag with front passenger airbag deactivation
Electronic brake force distribution
Electronic stability control, ABS, ASR with deactivation button, hill start assist, brake assist system
Front assist with autonomous emergency braking
Front side airbags with curtain airbags for driver and front passenger
Height adjustable 3 point seat belts on outer seats in cab with electric pretensioners
Power operated child safety locks
Single tone horn
Traction control
Warning buzzer and light for driver seat belt not fastened
Security
Two remote control folding keys
Alarm deactivation switch of interior and tow away protection on B pillar
Anti theft alarm system with interior monitoring in cab, backup horn and towing protection
Central locking system with radio remote control, system controls inside and safelock
Deadlocks
Electronic immobiliser
Lockable fuel cap
Locking wheel bolts
Technical
70 litre fuel tank
16 inch chassis with 16 inch brake system
Differential lock
Standard suspension and shock absorption
Wheels
16" Clayton silver alloy wheels
215/65 R16 Low rolling resistance tyres
Steel spare wheel with original equipment tire
Entertainment
2 (type C) USB interfaces in dashboard, 2 USB charging sockets in the left C pillar
6 speakers - 2 tweeters, 2 woofers, 2 full range speakers
DAB digital radio reception
Packs
Non smokers pack - Caravelle
Without chrome package - Caravelle
Trim
Bright brushed gray decorative inserts
Comfort dashboard titanium black lower part with black chrome elements and bezels
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 168
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb 218
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max 243
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min 218
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1968
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery COMMON RAIL
Gears 7 SPEED
Number of Valves 16
Transmission SEMI-AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 44.1
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 49.6
EC Urban (mpg) 37.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb 8.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 9.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 8.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High 8.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High 7.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low 10.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium 8.3
WLTP - MPG - Comb 34
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 30.4
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 34
WLTP - MPG - Extra High 33.2
WLTP - MPG - High 39.2
WLTP - MPG - Low 26.2
WLTP - MPG - Medium 34
General
AdBlue Yes
Badge Engine CC 2.0
Badge Power 199
Coin Description TDI 199
Coin Series SE
Generation Mark 6
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 100000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 10.1
Engine Power - BHP 199
Engine Power - KW 146
Top Speed 124
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle Second Act
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 215/65 R16
Tyre Size Rear 215/65 R16
Tyre Size Spare FULL SIZE
Wheel Style CLAYTON
Wheel Type 16" ALLOY
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 70
Gross Vehicle Weight 3080
Max. Loading Weight 677
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 2500
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 750
Minimum Kerbweight 2403
No. of Seats 7

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
24 months 6,000 miles p/a £609.22 p/m £18.60 p/m
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £911.34 p/m £7.84 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £920.73 p/m £7.98 p/m
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £942.55 p/m £19.77 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £961.61 p/m £29.95 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £977.69 p/m £42.32 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £991.54 p/m £59.40 p/m
36 months 6,000 miles p/a £559.57 p/m £14.09 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £715.62 p/m £12.65 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £725.05 p/m £16.00 p/m
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £751.97 p/m £23.46 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £781.11 p/m £44.11 p/m
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £804.00 p/m £50.50 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £825.70 p/m £68.10 p/m
48 months 6,000 miles p/a £516.51 p/m £18.50 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £641.34 p/m £24.16 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £648.23 p/m £29.00 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £669.20 p/m £39.10 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £691.96 p/m £51.75 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £713.58 p/m £64.42 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £731.58 p/m £79.63 p/m
24 months 6,000 miles p/a £731.07 p/m £22.32 p/m
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £1093.60 p/m £9.41 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £1104.88 p/m £9.58 p/m
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £1131.06 p/m £23.72 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £1153.93 p/m £35.94 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £1173.23 p/m £50.78 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £1189.85 p/m £71.28 p/m
36 months 6,000 miles p/a £671.49 p/m £16.91 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £858.75 p/m £15.18 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £870.06 p/m £19.20 p/m
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £902.37 p/m £28.15 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £937.34 p/m £52.93 p/m
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £964.80 p/m £60.60 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £990.84 p/m £81.72 p/m
48 months 6,000 miles p/a £619.81 p/m £22.20 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £769.61 p/m £28.99 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £777.87 p/m £34.80 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £803.04 p/m £46.92 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £830.35 p/m £62.09 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £856.30 p/m £77.30 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £877.89 p/m £95.56 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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Contract Length
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An excess mileage charge will apply if you exceed the contracted mileage. The exact charge will be confirmed on the official quotation prior to your acceptance to proceed

Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
Active lane change assist with side assist £1,368.00
Digital cockpit and driver alert system £462.00
Discover media pro navigation system £1,716.00
Electric tailgate without interior release £696.00
Electrical interface and multi function control module for external use £492.00
Electrical interface for external use (Terminal block in driver seat) £90.00
Park sensors - front and rear park with park assist £336.00
Radio discover media navigation system with 8 inch touch screen including streaming and internet £1,320.00
Rear view camera £288.00
Exterior Features
Driver and passenger electric sliding side door £870.00
Exterior mirrors - power adjustable, heated and power folding, folding possible via vehicle key £162.00
Front/rear mudflaps £156.00
Heated laminated windscreen £492.00
Heated washer nozzles in front and washer fluid level indicator £54.00
High beam assist £156.00
LED headlights with LED daytime running lights and tailgate with red LED tail lights £1,272.00
Metallic paint £750.00
Mounting rails on the roof (preparation for movable roof rack) £132.00
Pearlescent paint £750.00
Privacy glass in passenger compartment with heat green insulating glass in cab £348.00
Removable/lockable towbar includes trailer stabilisation £756.00
Sliding front and fixed rear side windows in passenger compartment on driver side £240.00
Sliding front and fixed rear side windows in passenger compartment on passenger side £240.00
Towbar preparation includes trailer stabilisation £258.00
Trailer assist including front and rear parking sensors £654.00
Trailer assist including park assist, front and rear parking sensors, rear view camera and side protection £900.00
Two tone paint £2,850.00
Interior Features
2 integrated child seats swivel seats in 2nd row £924.00
2 waste bins for door storage compartments, 3 drawers under 3-seater bench in passenger compartment £60.00
Artvelours microfleece cloth upholstery and seat bolsters in leather look £1,596.00
Auxiliary heater with parking programmable function, radio remote control and second battery £2,580.00
Bi colour nappa leather upholstery £3,030.00
Climatronic 3 zone air conditioning with 2nd evaporator, auxiliary heater, air conditioned headliner and additional passenger control £1,206.00
Cooling/warming box 32 litre including second battery with cut off relay, maintenance free £558.00
Heated driver and single front passenger seats £366.00
Nappa leather upholstery £2,796.00
Removal of 3 seater bench seat and luggage compartment cover in 3rd row FOC
Without table FOC
Packs
Chrome pack - Caravelle £864.00
Good night pack - Caravelle £456.00
Laminated glass pack with improved outside noise insulation £690.00
Premium front seat pack - Caravelle £1,800.00
Paintwork
Metallic - Bay leaf green £750.00
Metallic - Copper Bronze £750.00
Metallic - Fortana red £750.00
Metallic - Indium grey £750.00
Metallic - Mojave beige £750.00
Metallic - Ravenna blue £750.00
Metallic - Reflex Silver £750.00
Metallic - Starlight Blue £750.00
Pearl - Deep black £750.00
Solid - Ascot grey FOC
Solid - Candy white FOC
Solid - Cherry red FOC
Two tone - Candy white/Ascot grey £2,850.00
Two tone - Candy white/Bay leaf green £2,850.00
Two tone - Candy white/Copper bronze £2,850.00
Safety
First aid kit with warning triangle and safety vest £60.00
Front side airbag with head airbag and optimized head impact elements £516.00
Hill descent control £114.00
Tyre pressure monitoring system £156.00
Security
4 remote control folding keys £114.00
Technical
80 litre fuel tank £72.00
Second battery with cut-off relay and battery monitoring £354.00
Trim
Art velour cloth - Palladium/Titanium black £1,596.00
Bi colour nappa leather - Marrakesh/Titanium black £3,030.00
Bi colour nappa leather - Moon rock/Titanium black £3,030.00
Bi colour nappa leather - Palladium/Titanium black £3,030.00
Circuit cloth - Titanium black FOC
Nappa leather - Titanium black £2,796.00
Wheels
17" Devonport alloy wheels £720.00
17" Woodstock black diamond turned surface alloy wheels £828.00
18" Palmerston alloy wheels £2,340.00
18" Teresina black diamond turned alloy wheels £2,034.00
215/65 R17 with optimised rolling resistance FOC
235/55 R17 with super low rolling resistance FOC
255/45 R18 with super low rolling resistance FOC
All weather tyres 235/55 R17 with optimised rolling resistance £156.00
Tyre mobility kit in lieu of spare wheel Includes 12V compressor and tyre sealant FOC
* option prices shown are estimated