VW’s Caravelle MPV – Ultimate Luxury
The recently launched, 6th generation, VW Caravelle is based on VW’s legendary Transporter van. A spiritual successor to the original VW Caravelle from 1952, this huge MPV is available in both short and long-wheelbase guises, with up to 7 seats. My test car was a top-spec Highline model (204bhp with a 7-speed DSG gearbox) with a seven-seat layout that comprised individual sliding and swivelling ‘captain’s chairs’ for the first two rows, plus a large, sliding three- seater bench at the back with a multi-function table.
Unlike smaller seven-seat MPV’s, the Caravelle’s layout doesn’t come at the expense of boot space. Open the huge tailgate (electrically powered on my test car) and a 4.3 cubic-metre load bay awaits you (with rear seats removed). This load area increases to 5.0 cubic-metres in the long wheelbase model.
Occupants in the rear get lots of space, plus the huge side windows give a panoramic view. The combination of three-zone climate control, tinted rear windows and neat roller blinds helps keep the cabin cool.
The Caravelle’s driving dynamics really impress. Despite its van foundations and high up driving position, the Caravelle feels very car-like and composed on the road. The punchy 2.0-litre Bi-TDI engine combined with a slick seven-speed DSG twin-clutch auto gearbox results in swift acceleration, while offering excellent refinement on the move.
The VW Caravelle is available in Comfortline & Highline specifications with seating for seven people as standard. The VW Caravelle comes with one standard roof height only, which at 1.9M means it can be park in an underground carpark. All engines in the Caravelle range are 2.0-litre TDI (BiTDI with the 204bhp engine) with BlueMotion technology and are available with a choice of 102bhp, 150bhp or 204bhp. Every single one of the state-of-the-art Euro 6 engines is equipped with a start/stop system, regenerative braking, Hill Start Assist and roll resistance-optimised tyres. A 4Motion (4WD) model is also available.
Fuel consumption from VW’s 204bhp engine is as low as 6.4l/100km on a combined driving cycle while annual road tax is just €750 in DSG (automatic) guise. The six-speed manual gearbox models attract annual road tax from just €390. Prices for the Caravelle start at €52,115 in Comfortline specification and a range of optional extra equipment is available for ultimate personalization.
My first impression of the new VW Caravelle is that it is a solidly built, well crafted MPV which is the perfect travel companion for occupants – allowing them to enjoy everyday life & leisure.
Its spacious and versatile interior is inspiring. Furthermore, the high quality interior fittings, state-of-the-art infotainment systems and advanced driver assistance systems along with the efficient engines match every requirement.