Volkswagen Caravelle

 volkswagen caravelle

CARAVELLE DIESEL ESTATE - 2.0 TDI BlueMotion Tech 150 SE 5dr



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£40,980 

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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.


Make
Derivative
Fuel
Total Price
CARAVELLE DIESEL ESTATE
2.0 TDI BlueMotion Tech 150 SE 5dr
DIESEL
£40,980.00
CARAVELLE DIESEL ESTATE
2.0 TDI BlueMotion Tech 150 SE 5dr DSG
DIESEL
£43,128.00
CARAVELLE DIESEL ESTATE
2.0 TDI BlueMotion Tech 150 Executive 5dr
DIESEL
£45,030.00
CARAVELLE DIESEL ESTATE
2.0 TDI BlueMotion Tech 150 SE 5dr LWB DSG
DIESEL
£45,462.00
CARAVELLE DIESEL ESTATE
2.0 TDI BlueMotion Tech 150 Executive 5dr DSG
DIESEL
£47,178.00
CARAVELLE DIESEL ESTATE
2.0 TDI BlueMotion Tech 199 SE 5dr LWB DSG
DIESEL
£48,288.00
CARAVELLE DIESEL ESTATE
2.0 TDI BlueMotion Tech 199 Executive 5dr DSG
DIESEL
£50,004.00
CARAVELLE DIESEL ESTATE
2.0 TDI BMT 199 Executive 4MOTION 5dr DSG
DIESEL
£53,046.00

Ten Second 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.

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.

ABOUT THE CAR

Take a look at the standard options on this car and the technical specifications
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km)
161
CO2 (g/km)
164
CO2 (g/km)
185
Standard Euro Emissions
EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max
230
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max
233
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min
210
NOx
0.076
Engine and Drive Train
Cylinders
4
Cylinder Layout
IN-LINE
Number of Valves
16
Camshaft
DOHC
Fuel Delivery
COMMON RAIL
Catalytic Convertor
True
Engine Layout
FRONT TRANSVERSE
Transmission
MANUAL
Gears
6 SPEED
CC
1968
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
True
EC Urban (mpg)
38.2
EC Urban (mpg)
37.7
EC Urban (mpg)
32.5
EC Extra Urban (mpg)
51.4
EC Extra Urban (mpg)
45.6
EC Combined (mpg)
45.6
EC Combined (mpg)
44.8
EC Combined (mpg)
39.8
WLTP - MPG - Low
31.4
WLTP - MPG - Medium
36.1
WLTP - MPG - Medium
36.2
WLTP - MPG - High
40.3
WLTP - MPG - High
40.4
WLTP - MPG - Extra High
32.6
WLTP - MPG - Extra High
32.5
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
35.2
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
35.3
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
32.1
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
31.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
7.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
8.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
8.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
8.9
General
Generation Mark
6
Safety Concerns?
False
Special Edition
False
Special Order
False
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
27E
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
25E
Badge Power
150
Badge Engine CC
2.0
Vehicle Homologation Class
M1
AdBlue
True
Coin Series
SE
Coin Description
TDI BlueMotion Tech 150
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
3
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
100000
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
3
Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
12
Performance
Engine Power - KW
110
Engine Power - RPM
3250
Engine Torque - LBS.FT
251
Engine Torque - NM
340
Engine Torque - RPM
1500
0 to 62 mph (secs)
12.9
Top Speed
113
Engine Power - BHP
150
Engine Power - PS
True
0 to 60 mph (secs)
False
Engine Torque - MKG
34.7
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle
NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Tyre Size Front
215/65 R16
Wheel Style
CLAYTON
Tyre Size Rear
215/65 R16
Tyre Size Spare
FULL SIZE
Wheel Type
16" ALLOY
Alloys?
True
Space Saver?
False
Vehicle Dimensions
Width (including mirrors)
2297
Height
1970
Length
4904
Width
1904
Wheelbase
3000
Weight and Capacities
Max. Roof Load
100
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
11.9
Minimum Kerbweight
2304
Minimum Kerbweight
2324
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
70
Gross Vehicle Weight
3000
Max. Towing Weight - Braked
2500
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
750
Max. Loading Weight
696
Max. Loading Weight
676
No. of Seats
7
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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.
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