Volkswagen Caddy California review

Category: MPV

Section: Costs & verdict

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  • Volkswagen Caddy California 2021 interior
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  • Volkswagen Caddy California 2021 interior bed
  • Volkswagen Caddy California 2021 interior roof
  • Volkswagen Caddy California 2021 rear door open
  • Volkswagen Caddy California 2021 right tracking
  • Volkswagen Caddy California 2021 headlight detail
  • Volkswagen Caddy California 2021 interior dashboard
  • Volkswagen Caddy California 2021 rear door open
  • Volkswagen Caddy California 2021 alloy wheel
  • Volkswagen Caddy California 2021 front right static
  • Volkswagen Caddy California 2021 interior
  • Volkswagen Caddy California 2021 rear right static
  • Volkswagen Caddy California 2021 badge detail
  • Volkswagen Caddy California 2021 pull-out camping stove
  • Volkswagen Caddy California 2021 cutlery drawer
  • Volkswagen Caddy California 2021 interior bed
  • Volkswagen Caddy California 2021 interior roof
  • Volkswagen Caddy California 2021 rear door open
Available fuel types:petrol, diesel
Available colours:
RRP from£29,915

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.

Volkswagen Caddy California 2021 alloy wheel

Overview

The VW Caddy California might be small but it's pretty mighty. With a competitive starting price and compact dimensions, it opens up a world of camping to both younger buyers and couples who simply want a camper van for the odd weekend away. With five usable seats and reasonable performance, you could even use it as everyday transportation.

  • Strong diesel engines
  • Well thought out interior
  • Competitive starting price
  • Not as much space on offer as larger campers
  • You’ll want to add quite a few options
  • Dashboard feels a little utilitarian