Volkswagen Caravelle (03 on) - Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 03 Sep 2013
3.5
The Caravelle has built up a good reputation as a well built and classy people carrier - although it's usually associated with private hire firm and hotels rather than family transport. But with acres of passenger room and almost endless on board stowage, it's the perfect car for long distance family transport with seven comfortable seats as standard.

Volkswagen Caravelle (03 on)
Comfortable and spacious interior, well equipped, high quality, strong TDI engines, sliding rear side doors
Firm ride, expensive for a van-based people carrier, dated dashboard design

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£35,658 - £70,845

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£5,059 - £45,385

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

3.5 out of 5

The Caravelle has built up a good reputation as a well built and classy people carrier - although it's usually associated with private hire firm and hotels rather than family transport. But with acres of passenger room and almost endless on board stowage, it's the perfect car for long distance family transport with seven comfortable seats as standard. The interior is also very flexible with runners in the floor allowing the seats - and the standard fold-out table - to be positioned anywhere. There are criticisms though, not least the firm and bouncy ride, while the dashboard is starting to look distinctly old fashioned.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

3.5 out of 5

Performance

3.5 out of 5

Handling

2.5 out of 5

Comfort

4 out of 5

Practicality

4.5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

2.5 out of 5

Safety

3.5 out of 5

Reliability

4 out of 5

Running costs

3 out of 5

Green credentials

2 out of 5

Buying new

2.5 out of 5

Buying used

3 out of 5

Selling

3 out of 5

Equipment

3.5 out of 5

What owners say...

 Very spacious, very smooth DSG auto box, very practical, can fit 7 adults with stacks of room.  

5 out of 5

Conrad Sharp ,   15 Sep 2011    ... read more

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