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For Based on the Transporter van, the Caravelle has plenty of space, an adaptable cabin that's easy to get in and out of, and a flat floor. It’s well built and drives surprisingly well.

Against The van-like looks and size may put off some buyers, and it's very expensive. The seats are bulky and heavy to lift out.

Volkswagen Caravelle MPV
22 5stars

Thanks to the Volkswagen Caravelle's van origins, it's a huge and capable people carrier. It's way too expensive, though. Smaller, cheaper rivals do the job just as well.

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There are 13 Volkswagen Caravelle versions available

MPV 2.0 TDI 140 SE SWB 5dr £35,658
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
MPV 2.0 BiTDI 180 SE SWB 5dr £37,698
What Car? says:1 stars out of 5
MPV 2.0 TDI 140 SE LWB 5dr £37,818
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
MPV 2.0 TDI 140 Executive SWB 5dr £38,478
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
MPV 2.0 TDI 140 SE 4Motion SWB 5dr £38,484
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
MPV 2.0 BiTDI 180 SE LWB 5dr £39,858
What Car? says:1 stars out of 5
MPV 2.0 BiTDI 180 Executive SWB 5dr £40,518
What Car? says:1 stars out of 5
MPV 2.0 BiTDI 180 SE 4Motion SWB 5dr £40,524
What Car? says:1 stars out of 5
MPV 2.0 TDI 140 Exec. 4Motion SWB 5dr £41,304
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
MPV 2.0 BiTDI 180 Executive DSG 5dr £42,414
What Car? says:1 stars out of 5
MPV 2.0 BiTDI 180 Exec 4Motion SWB 5dr £43,344
What Car? says:1 stars out of 5
MPV 2.0 BiTDI 180 Business SWB DSG 5dr £67,944
What Car? says:1 stars out of 5
MPV 2.0BiTDI180 Bus. 4MotionSWBDSG 5dr £70,845
What Car? says:1 stars out of 5

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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