Volkswagen California 2.0 TDI Beach Camper 4dr DSG [5 Seat] Review

Category: Camper van

Section: Version review

Fuel type:
diesel
Gearbox:
semi-auto
Doors:
4 doors
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RRP£58,964
Review

You can tell plenty of thought and experience has gone into the VW California’s practical interior, even if folding out the beds takes a bit of muscle. It handles well by camper standards and has reasonable performance, but the Mercedes Marco Polo is better to drive, plusher inside and has easier to convert beds.

If you just want somewhere to sleep and make a cup of tea, the Beach Camper might well be for you. You get a couple of double beds - one in the pop-up roof and another created by folding the rear bench - a couple of cupboards in the rear, four seats a standard with the option of five, a fold out mini kitchen with a gas hob, a removable camping table with a couple of folding chairs, a 6.5in touchscreen infotainment system and a single sliding door for rear passengers. We’d be tempted to upgrade if you’re planning on going away for more than a weekend.

Unless you opt for an Ocean model, this 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine is your only option. Available only with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, its 148bhp was good enough for 0-60mph in 12.1sec during our tests and it managed 33.5mpg, too. As it’s unlikely you’ll be driving quickly in your camper, it’s our pick.


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Key information

Doors4
Seats5
0-62 MPH14.3 seconds
Fuel TypeDiesel
GearboxSEMI-AUTO

Available colours

MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

35.8

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

N/A

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

206

g/km

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