Volkswagen Caravelle review

Category: Van-based MPV

Section: Interior

Volkswagen Caravelle 2020 RHD dashboard
  • Volkswagen Caravelle 2020 RHD front tracking
  • Volkswagen Caravelle 2020 RHD rear tracking
  • Volkswagen Caravelle 2020 RHD dashboard
  • Volkswagen Caravelle 2020 RHD rear seats
  • Volkswagen Caravelle 2020 RHD infotainment
  • Volkswagen Caravelle 2020 RHD wide front tracking
  • Volkswagen Caravelle 2020 RHD right panning
  • Volkswagen Caravelle 2020 RHD wide rear tracking
  • Volkswagen Caravelle 2020 RHD front seats
  • Volkswagen Caravelle 2020 RHD third row
  • Volkswagen Caravelle 2020 RHD boot open
  • Volkswagen Caravelle 2020 RHD front tracking
  • Volkswagen Caravelle 2020 RHD rear tracking
  • Volkswagen Caravelle 2020 RHD dashboard
  • Volkswagen Caravelle 2020 RHD rear seats
  • Volkswagen Caravelle 2020 RHD infotainment
  • Volkswagen Caravelle 2020 RHD wide front tracking
  • Volkswagen Caravelle 2020 RHD right panning
  • Volkswagen Caravelle 2020 RHD wide rear tracking
  • Volkswagen Caravelle 2020 RHD front seats
  • Volkswagen Caravelle 2020 RHD third row
  • Volkswagen Caravelle 2020 RHD boot open

Interior

The interior layout, fit and finish

Compared with other van-based MPVs such as the Citroën Spacetourer, the Caravelle feels pretty plush inside. As well as a selection of attractive trims, chrome detailing and solid-feeling switches, there are even soft-touch plastics to be found. However, jump from the Caravelle to a purpose built MPV like Volkswagen’s own Sharan and you’ll notice that its materials and level of fit and finish aren’t quite at the same level. 

Thanks to huge windows, visibility is for the most part very good. Although it’s tricky to judge where the nose is, the flat sides make placing it on the road easy. Even so, we’d recommend the optional front and rear parking sensors that, usefully, also come with a rear-view camera (these are standard on Executive models).

The even larger, 9.2in Discover Pro touchscreen is optional throughout the range and is a backwards step in some ways, doing away with physical controls altogether. The way it works seamlessly with VW’s fantastic digital cockpit dials (optional on SE and standard on Executive) is impressive, though. With this setup, physical dials are replaced with a 10.25in screen, which augments the central screen to show sat-nav and other important information.

Volkswagen Caravelle 2020 RHD dashboard