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

New price £35,555 - £51,997
Used price £11,510 - £46,450
Used monthly cost From £287 per month
Fuel economy
Not tested to latest standards
View pre-2017 economy specs
Road tax cost £265 - £580

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

Written by David Ross on

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