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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.
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Coast models have all the features you’d expect from a Volkswagen camper. You get the two double beds and removable table and chairs like every other model, a 6.5in touchscreen infotainment system rear cupboards and a proper kitchenette. This includes a sink with fresh and waste water tanks, a twin gas hob, a fridge and additional leisure batteries. You miss out on a few of Ocean’s luxuries, but it’d be our pick.
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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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