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Volkswagen Caravelle LWB - SE - Diesel with Wheelchair Access

Volkswagen Caravelle LWB - SE - Diesel with Wheelchair Access

£14,295

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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

Body Glass

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

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

      • Bluetooth handsfree set
      • Driver Aids

        • Speed sensitive power steering
        • Rest assist
        • Driver Information

          • Washer fluid level indicator
          • Warning lights
          • Coolant temperature indicator
          • Trip counter
          • Low washer fluid indicator
          • 'Lights On' warning buzzer
          • Trip computer
          • Service interval indicator
          • Digital clock
          • Entertainment

            • 6 speakers
            • USB/iPod connection
            • Exterior Body Features

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

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

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

                    • Multifunction table with separate guide rails in the floor
                    • Leather handbrake grip
                    • Storage compartments in doors
                    • Front passenger grab handle
                    • Lockable glovebox
                    • Rear cupholders
                    • 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
                    • Jack and tool kit
                    • Front cupholder
                    • Storage pockets in backrests of front seats
                    • Interior Lights

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

                        • Non smokers pack - Caravelle
                        • Safety

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

                            • Armrest for driver and single front passenger seats
                            • 2 swivel seats with longitudinal adjustment on rail system in 2nd row
                            • ISOFIX and top tether child seat anchorage in 2nd to 4th rows
                            • Height and tilt adjustable head restraints for all seats
                            • Rail seat system in passenger compartment
                            • Security

                              • 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
                              • Lockable fuel cap

                            Factory Fit Options

                            Options
                            Entertainment
                            Composition media system with Radio/CD/MP3Standard
                            Composition colour DAB+ radio system with 5" touch screenStandard
                            Composition Media DAB+ radio system with 6.33" touch screen£192.00
                            Wheels
                            All weather tyres£150.00
                            Packs
                            Good night pack - Caravelle£396.00
                            Lights & Vision pack - Caravelle£270.00
                            Premium front seat pack - Caravelle£1,554.00
                            Laminated glass pack with improved outside noise insulation£690.00
                            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
                            Security
                            Four remote control folding keys£102.00
                            Seats
                            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
                            Exterior Body Features
                            Metallic paint£696.00
                            Pearlescent paint£696.00
                            Special paint - pearl£1,176.00
                            Two tone paint£2,562.00
                            Solid paintStandard
                            Front/rear mudflaps£144.00
                            Sliding side doorsStandard
                            Driver and passenger electric sliding side door£924.00
                            Roof rails mounting£126.00
                            Electric sliding sunroof in cab with sunblind£684.00
                            Chassis/Suspension
                            Heavy duty suspension and shock absorbers£246.00
                            Interior Features
                            Nappa leather upholstery£2,466.00
                            Luggage compartment coverStandard
                            Pandu cloth upholsteryStandard
                            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
                            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
                            Brakes
                            Front assist including city emergency brakingStandard
                            Driver Information
                            Multifunction display plusStandard
                            Discover media navigation system plus£1,482.00
                            Electrical interface and multi function control module for external use£384.00
                            Driver Aids
                            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
                            Front and rear parking sensors£498.00
                            Front and rear parking sensors with rear view camera£702.00
                            Communication
                            AppConnect£168.00
                            Driving Mirrors
                            Elec heated + adjust door mirrorsStandard
                            Power adjustable, heated and folding wing mirrors£138.00
                            Exterior Lights
                            Daytime running lightsStandard
                            High beam assist£150.00
                            LED headlights with LED daytime running lights + LED tail lights£1,620.00
                            Headlight washer system with heated front washer nozzles and washer fluid level indicator£204.00
                            Paint - Pearlescent
                            Pearl - Deep black£696.00
                            Paint - Special
                            Special paint - Oryx white£1,176.00
                            Paint - Two Tone
                            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
                            Two tone - Candy white/Bamboo garden green£2,562.00
                            Safety
                            Curtain airbags in rear passenger compartment£360.00
                            Towing
                            Towbar preparation£240.00
                            Removable/lockable towbar£660.00
                            Trim - Cloth
                            Pandu cloth - Titanium blackStandard
                            Trim - Leather
                            Nappa leather - Titanium black£2,466.00
                            Nappa Leather - Moonrock grey£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
                            Heating/Cooling/Ventilation
                            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" Devonport alloy wheelsStandard
                            17" Cascavel anthracite diamond turned surface alloy wheels£348.00
                            Wheels - Spare
                            16" steel spare wheelStandard
                            Tyre mobility kit in lieu of spare wheel Includes 12V compressor and tyre sealantStandard

                            Performance

                            Performance

                            • 0 to 60 mph (secs)
                            • Engine Power - BHP 199
                            • Engine Power - KW 146
                            • Engine Power - PS
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