Volkswagen California 2.0 TDI Coast 4dr DSG Review

Category: Camper van

Section: Version review

Fuel type:
diesel
Gearbox:
semi-auto
Doors:
4 doors
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RRP£60,260
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.

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.

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
Seats4
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

208

g/km

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