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Volkswagen California Estate review

2005 - 2015 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 54.0

At a glance

Price new £35,555 - £51,997
Used prices £11,251 - £38,992
Road tax cost £320 - £695
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Fuel economy Not tested to latest standards
Range 510 - 704 miles
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Available fuel types


Pros & cons


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


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

Written by David Ross Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 17 May 2022


Many people will have fond memories of once owning a ‘Campervan‘. 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.