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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

The Caravelle was awarded four stars out of a possible five in official Euro NCAP crash tests and also scored maximum points in the side impact test. All models come with driver and passenger front and side airbags, as well as head airbags while rear curtain airbags are available as an optional extra. As well as ABS and traction control, there is also an ESP stability control system fitted as standard.

The interior is very flexible thanks to floor-mounted slide rails on which all the interior furnishings are fixed. As a result they can be positioned anywhere. The front row of seats in the back can swivel, allowing passengers to face the rear bench while most models come with a rear bench seat - which can also slide - and all three seats have three-point seat belts.

The bench can also convert into a completely flat bed. As well as the standard seven-seater, a six-seat layout is available which has two individual rear seats instead of the three-seat bench. On top of this, there's a multi-function table which folds out and features a host of cupholders and cubbyholes. Elsewhere there's almost endless amounts of storage including trays under the rear seats and a removable bucket.

The only gripe is that it's tricky to move the seats as they are heavy and don't slide very well. Creating a flat load floor involves removing them completely which is a two person job. Luggage room is impressive when the rear bench seat has been moved forward, but slide it as far back as possible and it's quite limited.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Volkswagen Caravelle (03-15).

  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Steel wheels

Business equipment

Business standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
Business optional equipment
None available

Edition 25 equipment

Edition 25 standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
Edition 25 optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Steel wheels

Executive equipment

Executive standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated seats
  • Partial leather seat trim
Executive optional equipment
  • CD Multichanger
  • Leather seat trim

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
SE optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Heated seats
  • Steel wheels

Startline equipment

Startline standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Steel wheels
Startline optional equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats

Euro NCAP Rating

The Volkswagen Caravelle (03-15) was tested by Euro NCAP in and received the following safety ratings:

  • Adult Occupant - 4 stars
  • Child Occupant - 4 stars
  • Vulnerable road users - 1 stars

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.