Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
The VW California undercuts the Ford Transit Nugget and the Mercedes V-Class Marco Polo, but only in the lower trim levels. If you’re looking at full-on campers, the California Ocean is pricier than both rivals before discounts, although the California is expected to hold on to the most value after three years.
All but the four-wheel drive version are capable of more than 30mpg in official economy tests, with the TDI 150 clocking up 33.5mpg during our tests. Carbon emissions are high, though, with all models sitting in the top 37% bracket for Benefit-in-Kind (BIK) company car tax, just like its key rivals.