For This Caravelle comes with a sweet common rail diesel engine that's more than capable of powering this big car. There's masses of space, and this long-wheelbase version gets even more space in the cabin.

Against Emissions and fuel costs are high, while the Caravelle's van-based origins won't be to everyone's taste.

Volkswagen Caravelle MPV

What Car? says

2 out of 5 stars

There's masses of space, but you may want to step up to an Executive model, considering the extra creature comforts on that model.

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Key facts

14.2 secs
Top speed
107 mph
Average mpg
Tank range
690 miles
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Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

The VW Caravelle is a huge, practical but pricey contender. It’s a seven-seater as standard, although you can specify aircraft-style seats instead of the three-seat bench in the rear to make it a luxury six- or, with the long wheelbase, seven-seater.

With the 'sleep pack', the bench can even be converted into a bed with extra blinds also provided along with a heater to keep you toasty warm at night without running the engine.

The interior’s fit and finish are good, and all models come with rails in the floor so you can move the seats and versatile table to tailor the cabin to your needs. The second row seats also swivel to face forwards or backwards. Be warned, though – freeing up maximum cargo space involves lifting the seats out entirely, and they’re exceptionally heavy.

Reader test team says:

Volkswagen Caravelle MPV 2.5 TDI PD 174 Executive SWB 5dr

Caravelle 2.5 174. 2005 Model. Having owned this car from new and covered 110,000 miles I would consider myself to be in an excellent position to…

John Davis

1 out of 5 stars

Volkswagen Caravelle MPV 2.5 TDI PD 174 SE SWB 5dr

I have had the T5 Caravelle 4 motion for 3 years and have hauled the family from Victoria Falls to Cape Town and Swakopmund to Punto do Ora in…

Mervyn van Staden

5 out of 5 stars

Volkswagen Caravelle MPV 2.5 TDI PD 130 SE SWB 5dr

I have owned and driven the Caravelle for nearly 3 years. It's far better than offerings from Mercedes and is a well thought out design which does not…

Keith Blackham

4 out of 5 stars

Volkswagen Caravelle MPV 2.5 TDI PD 130 Executive SWB 5dr

I have owned a 102 bhp synchro from new in 1999 and it is GREAT,and although we have other cars will not part with it.Hugely recommended

andrew tweddle

5 out of 5 stars
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