What Car? says...
Camper vans like the Volkswagen Caddy California have a magical appeal. Even when they're parked on your drive, they offer a little bit of escapism at the prospect of getting away from it all.
The Caddy California is extra special because it swerves two big barriers to the camper van life: the sheer cost of buying many of the larger models, and the prospect of steering what is effectively a full-sized van along narrow country roads.
In terms of rivals, it is technically possible to get the Citroën Berlingo, Ford Tourneo Connect, Peugeot Rifter and other MPVs converted into campers by specialist builders. The Caddy California is pretty much the only vehicle of its kind that is produced in-house by its manufacturer, though.
Over the next few pages, we'll tell you all you need to know about how the VW Caddy California behaves on the road, what it’s like inside and what it’ll cost you to run. We’ll even let you know what it’s like to sleep in – a What Car? review rarity.
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