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Volkswagen Caravelle SWB - SE - Diesel

Volkswagen Caravelle SWB - SE - Diesel

£12,395

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Insurance Group25E

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Review

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.

By Jonathan Crouch

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Specification

Specification
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

Options
Entertainment
DAB Digital radioStandard
Composition media system with Radio/CD/MP3Standard
5" touchscreenStandard
Composition media system with 6.33" touchscreen + DAB, USB and Aux-in£186.00
MirrorLink plus Volkswagen Media Control£84.00
Wheels
235/55 R17 all weather tyres£144.00
215/60 R17 all weather tyres£144.00
Tyre repair kit (including Tyre sealant and 12V Compressor)Standard
Packs
Smoking pack - Caravelle£60.00
Good night pack - Caravelle£390.00
Chrome pack - Caravelle£738.00
Lights & Vision pack - Caravelle£264.00
No smoker packageStandard
Digital sound pack - Caravelle£1,440.00
Premium front seat pack - Caravelle£1,530.00
Paint - Metallic
Metallic - Reflex silver£684.00
Metallic - Indium grey£684.00
Metallic - Acapulco blue£684.00
Metallic - Chestnut brown£684.00
Metallic - Starlight Blue£684.00
Metallic - Bamboo garden green£684.00
Metallic - Mojave beige£684.00
Paint - Solid
Solid - Candy whiteStandard
Solid - Cherry redStandard
Driver Convenience
Tailgate power closing£126.00
Electric tailgate without interior release£576.00
Electric tailgate release£606.00
Seats
Heated front seats£318.00
Height adjustable front seatsStandard
Front seats with lumbar supportStandard
2 integrated child seats in 2nd row£882.00
2 3rd row seats with longitudinal adjustment on rail systemStandard
3rd row 3 person bench reclining bench seat + storage trayStandard
Exterior Body Features
Metallic paint£684.00
Engine badge deletionStandard
Pearlescent paint£684.00
Solid paintStandard
Front/rear mudflaps£138.00
Roof rack preparation£120.00
Sliding side doorsStandard
Model designation deletionStandard
Electric sliding side doors£906.00
Electric glass sunroof with sunblind£672.00
Special paint - pearl£1,158.00
Two tone paint£2,520.00
Chassis/Suspension
Dynamic suspension£270.00
Front and rear heavy-duty shock absorbers and anti-roll bars£240.00
Interior Features
Leather steering wheel and gear knobStandard
Net partition£144.00
Multi function steering wheel£372.00
Nappa leather upholstery£2,424.00
Luggage compartment coverStandard
Cupholder in dashboardStandard
Alcantara/Leather upholstery£1,194.00
Multi-functional table in passenger compartment with ashtray/cupholder/running in rails/storageStandard
32 litre thermal box£480.00
12V socketStandard
Delete tableStandard
Pandu cloth upholsteryStandard
Multi-flex board with padding£480.00
Leather multifunction steering wheel with gear shift paddles£396.00
Body Glass
Rear privacy glass£300.00
Second row sliding right window£204.00
Second row sliding left window£204.00
Laminated glass£678.00
Heated windscreen£426.00
Brakes
Front assist including city emergency brakingStandard
Engine
Second battery£258.00
Driver Information
Electrical interface£66.00
Digital voice enhancement£324.00
Driver alert with multi-function display£246.00
Discover media navigation system plus£1,458.00
Multifunction display plusStandard
Driver Aids
Cruise control£240.00
Parking distance sensors front and rear£486.00
Front and rear parking sensors with rear parking camera£690.00
Adaptive cruise control including front assist and city emergency braking (Max speed 99mph)£816.00
Cruise control with side scan£582.00
Communication
Bluetooth systemStandard
AppConnect£162.00
Premium bluetooth phone interface with wireless external aerial£336.00
Driving Mirrors
Elec heated + adjust door mirrorsStandard
Electric adjustable/heated/folding door mirrors£132.00
Exterior Lights
Daytime running lightsStandard
High beam assist£144.00
Headlight washers + heated front washer nozzles£198.00
LED headlights with LED daytime running lights + LED tail lights£1,596.00
Paint - Pearlescent
Pearl - Deep black£684.00
Paint - Special
Special paint - Oryx white£1,158.00
Paint - Two Tone
Two tone - Candy white/Cherry red£2,520.00
Two tone - Candy white/Bamboo garden£2,520.00
Two tone - Candy white/Indium grey£2,520.00
Two tone - Candy white/Mojave beige£2,520.00
Two tone - Candy white/Starlight blue£2,520.00
Two tone - Indium grey/Deep black pearl£2,520.00
Safety
Rear curtain airbags£354.00
Towing
Towbar with detachable ball£648.00
Towbar preparation£234.00
Carpets/Rugs
Fully carpeted floorStandard
Floor mats£60.00
Plastic flooring in passenger compartmentStandard
Tough carpet floor covering in passenger compartmentStandard
Trim - Cloth
Pandu cloth - MoonrockStandard
Trim - Leather
Nappa leather - Titanium black£2,424.00
Nappa Leather - Moonrock£2,424.00
Nappa leather - Mocha brown£2,424.00
Embellishment Trims
Anthracite metallic decorative strip and linearus decorative insert in dashboard£72.00
Brushed dark silver decorative inserts in dash in anthracite metallicStandard
Brushed dark silver trim with lower outside body colour decorative insert£114.00
Heating/Cooling/Ventilation
Air conditioning 'Climatic' semi automatic controlStandard
Parking heater with timer remote control and auxiliary heater with second battery£2,190.00
3 zone climate control with auxiliary heater, air conditioned headliner and passenger control£1,038.00
Wheels - Alloy
17" Cascavel anthracite alloy wheels£996.00
16" Clayton alloy wheelsStandard
17" Devonport alloy wheels£996.00
17" Cascavel black diamond alloy wheel£996.00
Wheels - Spare
17" alloy spare wheel£240.00
16" steel spare wheelStandard
Trim - Part Leather
Alcantara - Moonrock£1,194.00
Alcantara - Titanium black£1,194.00

Performance

Performance
Performance
0 to 60 mph (secs)
0 to 62 mph (secs)13
Engine Power - BHP150
Engine Power - KW110
Engine Power - PS
Engine Power - RPM3250
Engine Torque - LBS.FT251
Engine Torque - NM340
Engine Torque - RPM1500
Top Speed112
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