The new Caddy California sits alongside the T6.1-based California and Crafter-based Grand California, so now there is a touring vehicle matched to each size of vehicle in the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles range - the California family is complete!
The compact camper, based on the award-winning fifth-generation Caddy, is unique within the camping segment. This ‘week-to-weekend’ vehicle is a practical 5-seater commuter car by day and a handy camper for the weekend at leisure.
This entry level into the world of California camping is built on the MQB platform and therefore benefits from its safety and technology features. It is available in petrol or diesel, manual or DSG.
It features a new foldable bed (1,980mm x 1,070mm) with cup springs and a high-quality mattress. This is stored in the parcel shelf and opens out above the rear seats when required. Demonstrating its spaciousness, our picture shows the 6' 2" Ian Hodson from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicle product marketing, lying comfortably on the double bed! There is seating enough for 5 people, with the second row entirely removable for complete flexibility, while a standalone accessory tail-tent offers living space and an additional sleeping compartment.
A retractable mini-kitchen is included as standard, sliding out from the rear with a single-burner cooker and an integrated gas bottle. Clever and practical storage compartments house cutlery plus the all-important California camper table and 2 chairs. Interior blinds for the rear windows double up as window storage bags. Black out blinds help you sleep at night. Everything has been thought of for a practical and comfortable trip. Light is provided from integrated LED reading lights in the passenger compartment and tailgate. The Maxi version offers extra space.
Air-conditioning, power-adjustable wing mirrors and anti-theft alarm features are all included as standard. Both front seats feature manual height and lumbar adjustment. The compact camper is also packed with driver assistance technology such as driver alert, lane assist, cruise control with speed limiter, front assist and towing protection.
The Volkswagen Caddy California offers 'App-Connect', which allows users to access their phone apps quickly and easily, alongside the Composition Media system with 8.25" colour touchscreen, Bluetooth, DAB radio and 6 audio speakers.
Standard specification also includes black roof rails and 16-inch alloy wheels.
Want a few extra home comforts? Then why not upgrade to the California Plus pack. Priced from £960 (RRP inc VAT), it includes a front centre armrest with space for two drinks, a 230V inverter and three-pin UK domestic plug socket, dark tinted rear glass, 2 USB points, power latching on all doors (to avoid waking your camping neighbours at night) and LED rear combination lights.
Time to take a look at the Caddy California and give it a test drive? You can now book a test drive in the demonstrator at Eurovans Crawley.
Get the most out of your Caddy California, California 6.1 or Grand California with the California on Tour app.
The app is available free of charge to all California customers and is compatible with all California models produced after 2011. Just search 'California on Tour' on the App store or Google Play store.
What do you get? You can use the campsite search and route planner. There are digital manuals and how-to videos available - you'll need to know your chassis number/VIN - Vehicle Identification Number to access the correct model. California 6.1 owners with a recent model can get remote functionality. Jump to the Volkswagen UK dedicated webpage to see full details.