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Volkswagen Caravelle Estate review

2003 - 2015 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 53.5

At a glance

Price new £24,490 - £70,693
Used prices £2,425 - £34,283
Road tax cost £365 - £695
Insurance group 24 - 39
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Fuel economy Not tested to latest standards
Range 387 - 686 miles
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Pros & cons


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

Written by David Ross Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019


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.