Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
The Caddy California is the smallest California model in the VW line-up and is therefore the most affordable.
For example, even if you opt for the Caddy California in Maxi configuration, with the most powerful diesel engine available under the bonnet, it will still cost you far less than the entry-level version of its bigger sibling. That should make the Caddy California very appealing to young buyers on a budget and couples who simply want a camper for the odd weekend away.
Euro NCAP hasn’t tested the Caddy, but standard safety kit includes automatic emergency braking (AEB), lane keep assist, a driver alert system and an automatic post-collision braking system, along with the usual selection of airbags and electronic assistants.
We don’t have any reliability data on the Caddy California itself, but Volkswagen came 20th out of 31 manufacturers in our 2020 What Car? Reliability Survey. That’s above 26th place Mercedes but below 18th place Ford.