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Overview:

Mileage: 18,833
Trans: Manual
Body: Estate
Year: 15/15
Colour: Silver
Fuel Type: Diesel

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Key Features

Reference Number: 0H5-508620

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Specification

""THIS IS A FULLY DAS WELT AUTO APPROVED USED VEHICLE. THIS VAN WILL BE SOLD WITH A MINIMUM OF 12 MONTHS WARRANTY, 12 MONTHS ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE, FULL 142 MULTI POINT CHECK, INDEPENDENT VEHICLE HISTORY, MILEAGE CHECK, 5 DAYS VOLKSWAGEN INSURANCE, SERVICE HISTORY CHECK, 30 DAY NO QUIBBLE EXCHANGE !, FULLY VALETED AND WE HAVE A RANGE OF FLEXIBLE FINANCE OPTIONS AVAILABLE""

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Steven Amos, Head of Business

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Specification
Body Glass
Electric windows
Laminated windscreen
Heat reflecting windows
Front wipers with intermittent delay
Heated rear window wash wipe with intermittent delay
Brakes
ABS
Traction control
Electronic brake force distribution
EDL
Brake pad warning light
Engine braking control
Hill hold control
ESP + BAS + Rain brake support
Driver Convenience
Rear door interior release lever
Driver Information
Trip computer
Service interval indicator
Digital clock
Warning lights
Trip counter
'Lights On' warning buzzer
Coolant temperature indicator
Windscreen washer level indicator
Driving Mirrors
Elec heated + adjust door mirrors
Aspherical driver's exterior mirror
Convex mirror with wide angle lower section on passenger side
Embellishment Trims
Aluminium decorative inlay
Entertainment
8 speakers
Exterior Body Features
Body colour bumpers
Body colour side mouldings
Body colour mirrors and door handles
Radiator grille with chrome surround
Exterior Lights
Front fog lights
Cornering light
Headlight range control
Heating/Cooling/Ventilation
Dust/pollen filters
Air recirculation system
Additional rear heater
4 speed fan
Air vent in driver's door
Interior Features
Front cupholder
Storage pockets in backrests of front seats
Leather handbrake grip
Storage compartments in doors
Front passenger grab handle
Lockable glovebox
Rear coat hooks
Rear cupholders
3 x 12V power sockets
Front armrests
Leather steering wheel and gear knob
6 grab handles
Entry step lights with Caravelle lettering
Height/rake adjust steering column
6 lashing points in passenger/luggage compartment
Dash mounted storage compartment - including mobile phone holder
Storage net on lower dash passenger side
1 hook on lower dash passenger side
2 storage compartments in dash
Storage compartment on outer side of front seats
Roller blinds for side windows
Interior Lights
Front/rear reading lights
Variable intensity instrument illumination
Luggage compartment lighting
Interior lighting with switch off delay and contact switches on all doors
Safety
Driver/front passenger airbag
Two tone horn
Front side airbags
Child proof door locks
Passenger airbag deactivate switch
Warning triangle and first aid kit
Front curtain airbags
Drivers seatbelt reminder
3 point automatic seatbelts in rear
Height adjustable 3 point automatic front seatbelts with pretensioners
Seats
Isofix preparation on all passenger compartment seats (except centre rear seat)
Height and tilt adjustable head restraints for all seats
Rail seat system in passenger compartment
Security
Locking wheel bolts
Steering lock
Lockable fuel cap
Electronic immobiliser
Anti theft alarm with interior monitor and tilt sensor
Radio remote control central locking with interior driver lock/unlock switch + deadlocking
Alarm deactivation switch of interior and tow away protection on B pillar
Transmission
Dash mounted gear lever
Vanity Mirrors
Driver/passenger sunvisors + illuminated vanity mirrors + pockets

The specification listed for this vehicle was standard when purchased new. The actual specification may vary, for confirmation, please contact our sales department.

Features

Ten Second Review

The commercial vehicle origins of the sixth generation Volkswagen Caravelle endow it with more interior space than most large MPVs but it masks its links to the Transporter van very well inside where quality is high. With ample space for seven adults and luggage, strong common-rail diesel engines and a classy feel, there isn't much else that can do what a Caravelle can.

Background

What is the Volkswagen Caravelle? It's a good question. Based on the Volkswagen Transporter panel van and sold through Volkswagen Van Centres, one perfectly reasonable assumption would be that it's a van. It's got seven seats, though, so you could also finger it as a minibus. Then you'd clamber inside and see that those seats slide, fold and rotate. Could the Caravelle be an MPV? It could be but with those arm-chair style seats and the superior materials in the range-topping models, it's quite upmarket for the kids. Maybe it's an executive limousine. Let's stop this. What we do know for sure is that the Caravelle has been enhanced in its latest T6 MK6 model guise and it looks just as versatile and difficult to pin down as ever. There are no prizes for guessing that this vehicle has its origins in the van sector. It looks identical to the Volkswagen T6 Transporter, apart from the side windows running its length. Volkswagen offers minibus versions of the Transporter without the plush cabin and adaptable seating system and those vehicles act as the bridge between the highfaluting Caravelle and its more workmanlike relative. It's been around for a while and, from commercial vehicle to mobile office space for the chairman of the board, it's been put to no end of uses but Volkswagen has worked to improve the range in this sixth generation form, with smarter looks, extra equipment and more efficient engines.

Driving Experience

You'll want to know whether it drives like a car-like MPV or a van-like minibus, so let's get that out of the way right up-front. The on-road experience is somewhere between the two, though your reaction might be more positive than that if you're not up to speed with just how dynamically adept the latest generation of large vans really are. This feeling you get at the wheel of this one varies a little of course depending on whether it's fully loaded with passengers, a state in which both ride and composure are much improved. If there's no one in your Caravelle but you, you're probably more likely to notice the vague power steering and the slightly lumpy low-speed ride. And of course the high-sided shape and 2.5-tonne kerb weight don't take particularly kindly to sharp high speed cornering antics. Better of course to settle back and use this vehicle as intended, wafting around on the potent wave of torque delivered by the common rail four cylinder 2.0 TDI diesel engines. There are two on offer here, base models being powered by a single turbo 150PS unit that gets this sizeable chunk of German real estate to 62mph in 12.9s en route to 113mph. Ideally though, you want to opt for the pokier 204PS BiTDI twin-turbo version of this unit. At low engine speeds, the largest of the two BiTDI blowers delivers steady charge but go a bit faster and there's a second smaller turbocharger, ready to cut in and give additional boost. At first glance, the stats don't seem much affected (the 0-62mph time improves to 9.8s and the top speed to 126mph) but what's more important is the jump in pulling power. When towing: all Caravelles can tow a braked trailer of up to 2,500kgs. The figures quoted are for manual models but most buyers tend to prefer to specify the optional seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox.

Design and Build

The sixth generation Caravelle gets the smarter nose section inroduced with the T6 Transporter van and, as before, is available in either short or long wheelbase bodystyles. All the excitement though, is inside. At 4,892mm long and 1,904mm wide in short wheelbase form, the Caravelle was never going to be anything but roomy. The seating layout is comprised of two arm-chairs in the front and two more behind with a three-seater bench in the back row. Unlike many seven-seater MPVs, there's also a usable luggage area behind the third row and it can be made more usable by sliding the rear bench forward on its runners. The front and second row seating is also mounted on a system of runners in the Caravelle's floor so these chairs can be moved around to tweak the layout. The front seats can even be rotated 180 degrees to face backwards, creating a kind of living room layout around the multi-function table that's mounted on its own rail in the centre of the cabin. If you get tired, the back seats fold down into a bed. Adaptability is not in short supply then, but how well does it all work? It's theoretically possible to lift all of the furniture out of the Caravelle but you'll need biceps the size of breadbins: it's not light. Sliding the chairs around is quite straightforward, although you might need to think ahead before embarking on a rearrangement as the multi-function table can get in the way. The build quality impresses and even in standard trim, the Caravelle doesn't feel like a commercial vehicle. The switchgear and instruments will be familiar to VW passenger car owners and there's an abundance of storage options around the vehicle.

Market and Model

Caravelle customers have a lot of decisions to make when it comes to specifying their vehicle. For standard 'SE' variants, prices start at around £37,000, with premium of around £2,000 if you want the long wheelbase version which is 400mm longer. If you're happy wih the short wheelbase shape, then a premium of around £3,700 will get you plusher 'Executive' trim. Both of the engines come with six-speed gearboxes as standard but they can be specified with Volkswagen's 7-speed DSG twin-clutch system that allows manual or automatic shifting. The BiTDI engine can also come with the 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system. There's even a California model based on the Caravelle that amounts to a full motorhome conversion. SE trim gets you air-conditioning, alloy wheels, Bluetooth and a DAB 8-speaker stereo but the Executive spec really goes to town. It adds alcantara/leather trim, cruise control, heated front seats, electric sliding side doors, speed sensitive power steering and a climate control system with separate controls for the rear seat occupants. Ths Caravelle's pricing will limit its appeal for family buyers but there's little to match its combination of opulence and space outside of the similarly priced Mercedes-Benz V-Class models, so there may still be some takers. The Executive model has obvious appeal for companies needing to transport personnel over long distances in comfort with all the bells and whistles.

Cost of Ownership

The 2.0-litre diesel engines powering the Caravelle have a weighty role to fill but they still turn in reasonable economy figures that have significantly improved in this Euro 6 guise by around 15%. The 2.0 TDI variant manages 45.6mpg on the combined cycle and 161g/km of CO2, figures that improve to 47.1mpg and 155g/km if you specify the DSG auto gearbox. The 204PS Bi-turbo engine gets pretty close to this showing, managing 42.8mpg and 171g/km in manual form, or 44.8mpg and 164g/km in DSG guise. The Euro 6 engines have Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) with an AdBlue exhaust additive. The AdBlue filler is in the same flap as the vehicle's diesel tank neck and the adoption of the 13-litre AdBlue tank has seen the fuel tank drop in size from 80 litres to 70 litres.

Fully carpeted floor, Electric windows, ABS, Rear door interior release lever, Trip computer, Elec heated + adjust door mirrors, Aluminium decorative inlay, 8 speakers, Body colour bumpers, Front fog lights...

Performance

Performance
Performance
0 to 60 mph (secs)
0 to 62 mph (secs)14.2
Engine Power - BHP140
Engine Power - KW103
Engine Power - PS
Engine Power - RPM3500
Engine Torque - LBS.FT251
Engine Torque - MKG35
Engine Torque - NM340
Engine Torque - RPM1750
Top Speed107

Go Green

Green Stats
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km)189 (g/km)
HCN
Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 5
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg)39.2
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
EC Extra Urban (mpg)46.3
EC Urban (mpg)31

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