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Volkswagen Caravelle SWB - SE - Diesel with Wheelchair Access

Volkswagen Caravelle SWB - SE - Diesel with Wheelchair Access


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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 204PS BiTDI twin-turbo version of this unit. At low engine speeds, the largest of the two BiTDI blowers delivers steady charge but go a bit faster and there's a second smaller turbocharger, ready to cut in and give additional boost. At first glance, the stats don't seem much affected (the 0-62mph time improves to 9.8s and the top speed to 126mph) but what's more important is the jump in pulling power. When towing: all Caravelles can tow a braked trailer of up to 2,500kgs. The figures quoted are for manual models but most buyers tend to prefer to specify the optional seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox.

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 2.0 TDI variant manages 45.6mpg on the combined cycle and 161g/km of CO2, figures that improve to 47.1mpg and 155g/km if you specify the DSG auto gearbox. The 204PS Bi-turbo engine gets pretty close to this showing, managing 42.8mpg and 171g/km in manual form, or 44.8mpg and 164g/km in DSG guise. 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 the 13-litre AdBlue tank has seen the fuel tank drop in size from 80 litres to 70 litres.

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Body Glass

  • Electric windows
  • Heat reflecting windows
  • Front wipers with intermittent delay
  • Tailgate with wash/wipe and heated rear window
  • Brakes

    • ABS
    • Traction control
    • Electronic brake force distribution
    • EDL
    • Brake pad warning light
    • Engine braking control
    • Hill hold control
    • ESP + BAS + Rain brake support
    • Driver Aids

      • Rest assist
      • Driver Information

        • Trip computer
        • Service interval indicator
        • Digital clock
        • Warning lights
        • Trip counter
        • Low washer fluid indicator
        • 'Lights On' warning buzzer
        • Coolant temperature indicator
        • Windscreen washer level indicator
        • Exterior Body Features

          • Body colour bumpers
          • Body colour side mouldings
          • Body colour mirrors and door handles
          • Radiator grille with chrome surround
          • Power latching sliding doors
          • Power latching sliding driver's door
          • Exterior Lights

            • Cornering light
            • Headlight range control
            • LED rear lights
            • Cornering front fog lights
            • Heating/Cooling/Ventilation

              • Dust/pollen filters
              • Air recirculation system
              • Additional rear heater
              • Air vent in driver's door
              • Interior Features

                • Front cupholder
                • Storage pockets in backrests of front seats
                • Leather handbrake grip
                • Storage compartments in doors
                • Front passenger grab handle
                • Lockable glovebox
                • Rear cupholders
                • Front armrests
                • 6 grab handles
                • Height/rake adjust steering column
                • 6 lashing points in passenger/luggage compartment
                • Storage net on lower dash passenger side
                • Storage compartment on outer side of front seats
                • Interior illuminated entry steps
                • Roller blinds for side windows
                • Trunk lid in passenger compartment
                • Interior Lights

                  • Front/rear reading lights
                  • Variable intensity instrument illumination
                  • Luggage compartment lighting
                  • Interior lighting with switch off delay and contact switches on all doors
                  • Safety

                    • Driver/front passenger airbag
                    • Front side airbags
                    • Child proof door locks
                    • Passenger airbag deactivate switch
                    • Tyre pressure warning
                    • Warning triangle and first aid kit
                    • Front curtain airbags
                    • Drivers seatbelt reminder
                    • 3 point automatic seatbelts in rear
                    • Height adjustable 3 point automatic front seatbelts with pretensioners
                    • Seats

                      • Isofix preparation on all passenger compartment seats (except centre rear seat)
                      • Height and tilt adjustable head restraints for all seats
                      • Rail seat system in passenger compartment
                      • Security

                        • Lockable fuel cap
                        • Electronic immobiliser
                        • Anti theft alarm with interior monitor and tilt sensor
                        • Radio remote control central locking with interior driver lock/unlock switch + deadlocking
                        • Alarm deactivation switch of interior and tow away protection on B pillar

                      Factory Fit Options

                      Composition colour DAB+ radio system with 5" touch screenStandard
                      Composition Media DAB+ radio system with 6.33" touch screen£192.00
                      Composition media system with Radio/CD/MP3Standard
                      All weather tyres£150.00
                      Laminated glass pack with improved outside noise insulation£690.00
                      Good night pack - Caravelle£396.00
                      Lights & Vision pack - Caravelle£270.00
                      Digital sound pack - Caravelle£1,440.00
                      Premium front seat pack - Caravelle£1,554.00
                      Paint - Metallic
                      Metallic - Reflex silver£696.00
                      Metallic - Indium grey£696.00
                      Metallic - Acapulco blue£696.00
                      Metallic - Chestnut brown£696.00
                      Metallic - Starlight Blue£696.00
                      Metallic - Bamboo garden green£696.00
                      Metallic - Mojave beige£696.00
                      Paint - Solid
                      Solid - Candy whiteStandard
                      Solid - Cherry redStandard
                      Driver Convenience
                      Electric tailgate without interior release£618.00
                      Four remote control folding keys£102.00
                      Manual lumbar support for driver and single passenger seatsStandard
                      2 integrated child seats swivel seats in 2nd row£372.00
                      3 seater movable bench with reclining action and storage tray in 3rd rowStandard
                      Heated driver and single front passenger seats£324.00
                      Manual height adjustment for driver and single passenger seatsStandard
                      2 individual 3rd row seats with longitudinal adjustment on rail systemStandard
                      Exterior Body Features
                      Driver and passenger electric sliding side door£924.00
                      Roof rails mounting£126.00
                      Electric sliding sunroof in cab with sunblind£684.00
                      Metallic paint£696.00
                      Pearlescent paint£696.00
                      Solid paintStandard
                      Front/rear mudflaps£144.00
                      Sliding side doorsStandard
                      Special paint - pearl£1,176.00
                      Two tone paint£2,562.00
                      Heavy duty suspension and shock absorbers£246.00
                      Interior Features
                      Cooling/warming box 32 litre£492.00
                      Leather multi function sports steering wheel and gearknob with radio and telephone controls£402.00
                      Leather multi function steering wheel and gearknob with radio and telephone controls£378.00
                      Nappa leather upholstery£2,466.00
                      Luggage compartment coverStandard
                      Cupholder in dashboardStandard
                      12V socketStandard
                      Pandu cloth upholsteryStandard
                      Body Glass
                      Heated laminated windscreen£438.00
                      Privacy glass in passenger compartment with heat green insulating glass in cab£306.00
                      Sliding front and fixed rear side windows in passenger compartment on driver side£210.00
                      Sliding front and fixed rear side windows in passenger compartment on passenger side£210.00
                      Front assist including city emergency brakingStandard
                      Driver Information
                      Electrical interface and multi function control module for external use£384.00
                      Discover media navigation system plus£1,482.00
                      Multifunction display plusStandard
                      Driver Aids
                      Front and rear parking sensors£498.00
                      Front and rear parking sensors with rear view camera£702.00
                      Cruise control£246.00
                      Adaptive cruise control including front assist and city emergency braking (Max speed 99mph)£834.00
                      Cruise control with side scan£594.00
                      Driving Mirrors
                      Power adjustable, heated and folding wing mirrors£138.00
                      Elec heated + adjust door mirrorsStandard
                      Exterior Lights
                      Headlight washer system with heated front washer nozzles and washer fluid level indicator£204.00
                      Daytime running lightsStandard
                      High beam assist£150.00
                      LED headlights with LED daytime running lights + LED tail lights£1,620.00
                      Paint - Pearlescent
                      Pearl - Deep black£696.00
                      Paint - Special
                      Special paint - Oryx white£1,176.00
                      Paint - Two Tone
                      Two tone - Candy white/Bamboo garden green£2,562.00
                      Two tone - Candy white/Cherry red£2,562.00
                      Two tone - Candy white/Indium grey£2,562.00
                      Two tone - Candy white/Mojave beige£2,562.00
                      Two tone - Candy white/Starlight blue£2,562.00
                      Two tone - Indium grey/Deep black pearl£2,562.00
                      Curtain airbags in rear passenger compartment£360.00
                      Removable/lockable towbar£660.00
                      Towbar preparation£240.00
                      Trim - Cloth
                      Pandu cloth - Moonrock greyStandard
                      Trim - Leather
                      Nappa Leather - Moonrock grey£2,466.00
                      Nappa leather - Titanium black£2,466.00
                      Embellishment Trims
                      Anthracite metallic decorative strip and linearus decorative insert in dashboard£78.00
                      Brushed dark silver decorative inserts in dash in anthracite metallicStandard
                      Climatronic 3 zone air conditioning with 2nd evaporator, auxiliary heater, air conditioned headliner and additional passenger control£1,056.00
                      Programmable parking heater, air with radio remote control and auxiliary heater (coolant)£2,226.00
                      Climatic semi automatic cab air conditioning with 2nd heating system and ventilation in passenger compartmentStandard
                      Wheels - Alloy
                      17" Cascavel anthracite diamond turned surface alloy wheels£1,014.00
                      16" Clayton alloy wheelsStandard
                      Wheels - Spare
                      Tyre mobility kit in lieu of spare wheel Includes 12V compressor and tyre sealantStandard
                      16" steel spare wheelStandard



                      • 0 to 60 mph (secs)
                      • 0 to 62 mph (secs) 13
                      • Engine Power - BHP 150
                      • Engine Power - KW 110
                      • Engine Power - PS
                      • Engine Power - RPM 3250
                      • Engine Torque - LBS.FT 251
                      • Engine Torque - NM 340
                      • Engine Torque - RPM 1500
                      • Top Speed 112
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