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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
Volkswagen California (05-15) - rated 4 out of 5
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PROS

Less expensive to buy than a proper motorhome, top quality fittings, strong TDI engine

CONS

Lacks the charm of the original 'Camper Van', high prices

At a glance

New price £36,175 - £52,647
Used price £10,820 - £42,945
Used monthly cost £267 - £1,059
Fuel economy 29 - 40 mpg
Road tax cost £260 - £570

PROS

Less expensive to buy than a proper motorhome, top quality fittings, strong TDI engine

CONS

Lacks the charm of the original 'Camper Van', high prices

Volkswagen California rivals

Mercedes-Benz
Viano
3 out of 5 3.0

Many people will have fond memories of once owning a 'Camper van'. And while plenty of these older models are still on the roads, it is perhaps easy to overlook the fact that Volkswagen still sells its equivalent today. Based on the Volkswagen Caravelle, the California offers a four-seat/four-berth travelling companion and even comes complete with the kitchen sink.

The California sleeps two in it's pop-up roof compartment and two in the passenger compartment - it can also carry water and gas. It might lack the simplistic charm of the original Camper, but it's a capable part-time traveller and is certainly more manageable than a full-size motorhome.

Volkswagen California rivals

Mercedes-Benz
Viano
3 out of 5 3.0