VW Caravelle

VW Caravelle

  • Pros

    Great build quality, luxury spec, spacious, terrific handling for its size and shape. Superb visibility and ergonomic controls.

  • Cons

    - Expensive option in competitive market.

    VW Caravelle Overview

    The Caravelle is part of the T3 generation which are successors to the original Volkswagen Type 2 line, best known for the VW Beetle inspired classic VW camper van. Caravelles are also known as the Transporter and older models of the type are known as the Kombi van. Vans, camper vans in this line have been sold since the early eighties. The Caravelle is basically larger and heavier than the rounded Beetle sixties camper van and with square corners and lines provides a totally different look. The Caravelle name has been around since 1983 as the luxury option in this VW sector. This luxury people carrier/mini van/camper van aims to offer all the comfort of a luxury car and with plenty of interior space and a luxurious interior thrown in. Caravelles are very well built and drive very well, given its van origins. Diesel and petrol engines are currently offered offering a surprising amount of power. The two main trims, SE and Executive, come with standard electric windows, electric heated mirrors and remote central locking. Both offer decent specification but the Executive offers an even sportier look as well as a whole host of extra gadgets and goodies.

    VW Caravelle 2350s v6 3.2 litre Specification

    3,189 cc engine

    6-speed Tiptronic auto transmission

    Max Speed 127mph

    Combined Fuel Economy - 22.2mpg

    0-62mph - 10.5s

    VW Carevelle California

    VW announced the Caravelle-based California in this range a few years back, a camper equipped with Volkswagens 5-cylinder 2.5-litre TDI PD engine in either 130 PS or 174 PS form. The California offered an economical, powerful and environmentally friendly product.

    California Selected Standard Features

    Light alloy chairs, table and awning

    All models meet euro 4 emissions standard.

    Two sleeping areas including one in a private roof area, accessible via an electro-hydraulic raising mechanism.

    42-litre fridge

    30-litre fresh water container

    Twin-gas burners

    Radio/cassette system six-disc cd changer and eight-speakers

    Parking and auxiliary heaters with remote control

    Two folding chairs

    Multiple storage cupboards

    Double glazing living area.

    Anti-lock brake system (abs)

    Traction control (tcs)

    Engine braking control (ebc)

    Electronic stabilisation programme (esp).

  • VW California Selected Optional Features

    4MOTION all-wheel drive system is also available as an option as are:

    European-wide satellite navigation

    Climatronic air conditioning

    removable towbar

    250 cm wide side-mounted awning.


    2007 Caravelle - Engine Range

    The Three main engine types from the modern Caravelle range:

    130PS TDI PD 2.5 litre, 5 cylinder diesel engine producing 340Nm maximum torque through a 6-speed manual or 6-speed Tiptronic automatic gearbox.

    174PS TDI PD 2.5 litre, 5 cylinder diesel engine producing 400Nm maximum torque through a 6-speed manual or 6-speed Tiptronic automatic gearbox.

    235PS V6 3.2 litre, petrol engine producing 315Nm maximum torque through a 6-speed Tiptronic automatic gearbox.

  • 2007 Caravelle - Comparison Charts

    Engines - 130PS TDI PD / 174PS TDI PD / 235PS V6

    No. of cylinders 5 5 6

    Cubic capacity, cm3 2,460 2,460 3,189

    Output, PS at rpm 130 at 3,500 174 at 3,500 235 at 6,200

    Torque, max. Nm/rpm 340/2,000 400/2,000 315/2,950

    EU exhaust emission standard EU 4 EU 4 EU 4V [P]6-speed manual gearbox

    6-speed Tiptronic auto

    Front wheel drive / 6-speed manual gearbox

    6-speed Tiptronic auto

    Front wheel drive / 6-speed manual gearbox

    6-speed Tiptronic auto

    Front wheel drive


    SE 150A 150A 150A

    Executive 180A 180A 180A

    Battery 95Ah (450A) 95Ah (450A) 95Ah (450A)

  • Performance

    130PS TDI PD / 130PS TDI PD / 174PS TDI PD / 174PS TDI PD / 235PS V6 petrol

    Combined Fuel Economy - 34.0 (8.3) 29.7 (9.5) 33.6 (8.4) 29.1 (9.7) 22.2 (12.7)

    CO2 emissions 219 251 221 257 303

    Acceleration mph - (0-62) 15.3 15.4 12.2 12.3 10.5

    Top speed mph - 104 102 117 114 127

    2007 VW Caravelle SE specific features

    Air conditioning with dashboard and B pillar vents, manually controlled

    Alloy wheels, Miyato 16" 6.5J x 16

    Duo fabric seat covers

    Steel spare wheel

    Tyres: 215/65 R16

    2007 Caravelle Executive specific features

    Air conditioning, front and rear Climatronic 3-zone, electronically controlled

    Alcantara leather

    Seat covers*

    Alloy spare wheel

    Alloy wheels, LA 16" 7J x 16 (Solace 17" 7J x 17 on 235PS V6)

    Centre armrest on rear seat bench

    Cruise control

    Heated front seats

    Heated windscreen washer jets

    Instrument panel

    2007 Caravelle Executive additional features

    Battery voltmeter,

    Oil temperature gauge

    Silver instrument surrounds

    Load sill cover, stainless steel

    Privacy glass in rear passenger compartment

    Rain sensor and automatic dimming rear view mirror

    Side sliding doors, electric


    Side sliding door steps with stainless steel inserts

    Tailgate, power latching

    Tyres: 235/60 R16 (235/55 R17 on 235PS V6)

    2007 Caravelle Selected Standard Equipment

    Instrument panel includes brake fluid level indicator, brake pad wear indicator, failure of brake hydraulic circuit, coolant temperature display, external temperature display, digital clock, fuel gauge, rev counter, trip computer, speedometer with total mileage and trip counter, warning lamps for handbrake applied, door/tailgate opening and washer water level, visual and acoustic drivers seat belt reminder-Instrument Panel illumination, dimmable.

    Radio/in-dash CD player (2 DIN) with 8 speakers

    Remote central locking with deadlocking and internal locking button, 2 remote keys supplied

    Side sliding doors, power latching

    Warning buzzer for lights left on

    Windscreen wiper with 2-speed operation, variable intermittent delay and washer/wiper system (including touch/sweep function)

    -2 front doors

    Body coloured exterior mirror housings and door handles

    Body coloured protective side moulding

    Bumpers, body coloured

    Chrome trim on radiator grille

    Clear glass headlights

    Covered sliding door guide

    Fuel tank, lockable (80 litre capacity)

    Heat reflective glass

    Jack and tool kit

    Mirrors: convex with lower wide angle section on passengers side, spherical with outer wide angle section on drivers side

    Self supporting and galvanised full steel body

    Side sliding doors left and right with sliding windows


    Towing eyes, front screw-in and rear fixed to body

    Underbody made up of long and cross members

    6 folding silicone-damped grab handles, with coat hooks

    Carpet floor covering [P]Interior equipment front.

    1 hook on lower dash on front passenger side

    1 open storage compartment in dash panel including mobile phone holder

    2 drinks holders

    2 storage compartments in dash panel beneath outer air vents

    2 storage compartments in driver and passenger door, lower holds 1.5 litre bottle

    2 sun visors, folding and pivoted

    Air vent in drivers door - bottom right


    Dash mounted gear lever

    Driver and passenger seats with height, lumbar, reach and rake adjustment and armrests

    Grab handle at A pillar, left

    Illuminated vanity mirror and document pocket in both sun visors

    Interior equipment front. (continued)

    Interior entry steps, illuminated

    Interior light and two reading lamps in overhead console, with switch-off delay and contact switches in all doors

    Leather covered steering wheel, handbrake grip and manual gear knob

    Lockable glove compartment

    Storage compartments in outer side of driver and passenger seats

    Storage net on lower dash passenger side

    Storage pockets on front seat backrests

    2 longitudinally adjustable single seats in 1st row, drawers in base, folding, integrated seat belts, removable, swivelling

    2 luggage compartment lights

    3-seater bench seat in 2nd rear row with bed function, folding backrest, integrated seat belts, removable

    4 interior lights and 4 reading lamps

    Aluminium decorative inlays in rear

    Drinks holders

    Interior entry steps, illuminated

    Luggage compartment cover (only with 3-seater bench seat, deleted with optional sleep pack).

    Multi-functional table with ashtray, drinks holder, running in rails and storage compartments

    Rail system for unlimited seat configuration

    Roller blinds for side windows

    Vented moulded roof trim

    4 12V sockets, 1 with cigarette lighter

    Air conditioning - see model specific features

    B pillar vents

    Electric windows

    Electric, heated exterior mirrors

    Heated rear window and wash/wipe

    Heater, fresh air system with dust and pollen filter, 4-stage fresh air blower and air re-circulation flap

    Heater, rear

  • Safety and security equipment

    2 reversing lights

    3rd brake light

    6 lashing points in passenger and luggage compartment

    ABS: Anti-lock Braking System

    Airbag for driver and passenger with passenger airbag deactivation

    Airbags, side and front curtain

    Anti-theft protection: alarm with interior (front and passenger compartment) and tow away protection, deactivation switch for both functions on B pillar, breaksafe steering wheel lock, electronic immobiliser Transponder, locking wheel bolts

    Active Rollover Protection (ARP), brake assist system, maximum brake support, prefill and fading brake support and Rain Brake Support

    Childlocks in rear

    Dual tone horn

    EBC: Engine Braking Control (MSR)

    EBD: Electronic Brakeforce Distribution

    EDL: Electronic Differential Lock

    ESP: Electronic Stabilisation Programme including First aid bag and warning triangle

    Fog lights, front and rear

    Halogen main headlights

    Headlight range control

    Head restraints, height and tilt adjustable, centre rear L type for optimised view

    ISOFIX child seat mountings in single seats of passenger compartment and 3-seater bench seat (outer seats)

    Laminated glass - windscreen with tinted border between sun visors

    Rear door interior release lever

    Rear view mirror anti-dazzle function

    Safety steering column, height and rake adjustable Seat belts, 3-point inertia reel integrated into rear seats

    Seat belts, height adjustment and tensioner for Front seats

    Side mounted indicators

    TCS: Traction Control System

    Running gear.

    16" running gear (17" on 235PS V6)

    Front and rear axle: anti-roll bars, front and rear, front McPherson strut suspension, independent suspension, rear miniblock springs, telescopic shock absorbers

    Hydraulic brake system with ventilated disc brakes and ABS: Anti-lock Braking System

    Power steeringV [P] Sports suspension

  • 2007 Caravelle Selected Standard Features


    17ins Solace alloys. 7J x 17 alloy wheels, 235/55 R17 tyres. Fitted as standard on 235PS V6 model. Available optional on other models.16" LA alloy wheels. 7J x 16 alloy wheels with 235/60 R16 tyres. Fitted as standard on Executive. Not available on 235PS V6 model. 16" Miyato alloy wheels. 6.5J x 16 alloy wheels 215/65 R16 C tyres. Fitted standard on SE. Not available 235PS V6 model.

    Three seater rear bench seat

    - All seats come with integral three-point inertia reel seat belts and head restraints. Centre head restraint can be lowered for extra visibility. The rear bench can be removed or folded to form a resting/sleeping area. Two optional single seats.

    Three seater rear bench seat

    - With folding centre armrest, fitted as standard on the Executive. Trimmed in Alcantara/leather and as option on SE. Leather upholstery option on both models.

    Alarm system

    - All Caravelle feature alarm system with interior and tow away protection with deactivation switches for both functions on the B pillar. The alarm is activated automatically via central locking via remote keys.

    Climatronic air conditioning

    - Standard on the Executive. Electronically controlled 3-zone Climatronic air conditioning. Individual controls for front left, front right and rear compartment. Also features rest function/automatic air re-circulation with air quality sensor.


    - Every 2007 Caravelle features side curtain airbags in front compartment to protect occupants in the event of a collision. This is in addition to the standard driver and passenger front airbags. Rear curtain airbags are optional. Automatically dimming rear view mirror. Standard on the Executive the rear view mirror features photocell control, dims automatically when headlights of following vehicles are too bright. Comfortable and supportive seats for driver and front passenger. Ergonomic cab seats feature height, reach, rake and lumbar adjustments as well as two armrests, head restraint. Optional swivelling seats available, but no height adjustment.

    Cruise control

    - Fitted as standard on the Executive, speeds over 20mph can be set/maintained until brake, clutch are activated. This feature is also available option on Caravelle SE.


    - Two 12V sockets positioned in rear passenger compartment in addition to one illuminated 12V socket in the cab and one in rear luggage compartment.

    Fog lights

    - Powerful fog lights integrated into front bumper and rear light clusters to aid better safer driving when visibility poor.

    Drinks holders

    - Two drinks holders integrated into dashboard/4 drinks holders are contained in multifunctional table in rear passenger compartment.

    Glove compartment

    - Large glove compartment lockable and illuminated. It contains the front passenger airbag deactivation switch. This can be used when carrying a child seat.