Volkswagen Caravelle 2022 Review - Plus VW California - Blog Article

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  • VW Caravelle Overview
  • VW Caravelle Performance & Drive
  • VW Caravelle Space & Convenience
  • VW Caravelle Technology & Safety
  • VW California Review

Volkswagen Caravelle 2022 Overview

The VW Caravelle has the incredible goal of being everything a van needs to be and everything you want a van to be. The new additions to the Volkswagen Caravelle 2022 model allow this van to surpass this goal. This beauty of a van has ample space inside and a bold exterior revamp – certain to turn heads.

Not only is the new VW Caravelle a beauty in motion, but it is also powerful. The new Caravelle has a seven-speed DSG transmission with 146kw of pure power. The VW Caravelle is not just your average van, and you’d know it from one simple glance. In this review, we will be giving you more information. So that you don’t have to depend on one simple glance.

In this review, we will be going through different aspects of the new VW Caravelle. This will enable you to decide if the Caravelle is the van for you. And with a multitude of new features and updates – the VW Caravelle is sure to be your new favourite travel partner. The iconic VW Caravelle has been a fan favourite for years and has simply gotten better with age. You can read Suited for either leisure or business, the world is your oyster with the Volkswagen Caravelle 2022 model.

The Volkswagen Caravelle 2022 has one incredible model on offer:

Volkswagen Caravelle 6.1 2.0 BiTDI Highline DSG 4Motion (146kw)

  • Diesel Engine
  • 450Nm of Power
  • 7 Spacious Seats
  • 4 Doors

The recommended retail price is currently: R1,306,500 – and with CFAO Motors VW you can pay only R20,047 per month (with a 10% deposit for 6 years at an interest rate of 7%).


Highlights of the VW Caravelle Highline

  • Diesel fuel system plus water separator with sensor
  • Electronic stability control (ESC)
  • Trailer hitch, removable and lockable
  • Power seats in front, driver seat with memory feature
  • Sunshade
  • Seat heater for front seats separately controlled
  • 2 swivel seats w/ longitudinal adjustment on rail system
  • Cruise control system and speed limiter
  • Dark tinted glass in the rear seat area (Venus 35/Privacy) heat-insulating glass (green) in front
  • External, USB type C data socket(s) and charging socket(s)

Information sourced directly from VW South Africa Online.

VW Caravelle Performance & Drive

Overall, Volkswagen’s Caravelle cabins are decently isolated from both mechanical and wind noise. The engine is well-muffled when driving at cruising speed, but when driving at higher speeds, you may find the engine running less silently. Tyre roar is held to a minimum as is wind noise, caused by the Caravelle’s steep, vertical face and large door mirrors. When compared to an SUV, it’s not the quietest vehicle out there, but it more than makes up for it in space and comfort.

“You sit high as anything, on a fantastic captain’s chair with armrests for each elbow, and a fantastic view through all the lovely big windows. It rides very well, if not as smoothly as an air-suspended SUV, and responds faithfully to deliberate, considered inputs. It’s all very serene, very calming. You find yourself letting people out of turnings, giving way where you don’t strictly need to. Yep, the Caravelle makes you friendlier.” – Top Gear


Drivers and passengers alike will enjoy the latest VW Caravelle’s elevated seating arrangements, as well as the big and beautiful windows. Everyone inside the vehicle will have access to incredible views of the surrounding terrain, which is especially wonderful when travelling long distances across scenic landscapes. Ride quality is nice and the Caravelle responds duly to all intentional inputs.

It’s also great for navigating settings ranging from towns to motorways and can even take on some minor off-roading action. Depending on the model you choose, you’ll get to enjoy the distinct combination of 4Motion all-wheel drive and a DSG dual-clutch gearbox – ideal for taking on rougher roads. The permanent presence of 4Motion all-wheel drive results in much-improved grip, no matter what the road’s surface is like.

We can highly recommend the addition of a mechanical differential lock on the Caravelle’s rear axle. This, along with 4Motion all-wheel drive, makes actions such as pulling off the road in less-than-ideal conditions, far easier.

The VW Caravelle has four cylinders with an output of 146kW at 3800 to 4000 revs per minute. The torque of this van is 450Nm at 1400 to 2400 revs per minute. The seven-speed direct shift gearbox gives the driver more control and power. The van is also equipped with a dynamic chassis and shock absorption to give you the smoothest drive possible.

VW Caravelle Space & Convenience

The VW Caravelle is a large practical vehicle. Seven seats, all able to comfortably accommodate adults, are a standard feature across the range. The seats are spaced out between three rows, the first and second rows featuring two individual seats each and the third row featuring a 3-seater bench.

Caravelle seating arrangements are highly customisable, depending on your transportation needs. Both the second and third-row seats can slide back and forth quite a bit, thanks to the long rail system. Alternatively, these chairs can be removed altogether, leaving you with, essentially, a van. This is ideal if you ever need to move a large piece of furniture or simply need a whole lot of extra baggage space. Load volume across the range is an impressive 4 300 litres.

Second-row chairs can also be swivelled around to face the third row, creating a mobile lounge or meeting space, depending on your reason for wanting to invest in a Caravelle. Another welcome feature is a small folding table, also secured on the rails – ideal for going over paperwork or holding colouring books while on the road.

A flat floor makes it easy to move between rows. Plus, there’s plenty of head, leg and elbow room available for all seat occupants, even when the vehicle is filled with fully grown adults. You’ll also be happy to hear that there are more than enough cup/bottle holders and cubbies available throughout the cabin for miscellaneous bits and bobs.


VW Caravelle Technology & Safety

In terms of safety, the Volkswagen Caravelle 2022 models have a variety of features to offer in the Highline model. The new VW Caravelle has been updated with some amazing safety specifications. Making your daily drive relaxing and more user-friendly. Some of the best new features include:

  • Crosswind Assist
  • Trailer Assist + manoeuvring system
  • VW Park Assist
  • Park Distance Control
  • Sensor-based Side Protection

All of these features allow your business or leisure to be enjoyed wholeheartedly. There are also a host of pre-existing safety additions that keep you and your cargo safe. Whether it is stock, family, friends or your mobile home.

Other safety features include:

  • Driver and front passenger airbags (incl. front passenger deactivation)
  • Side and curtain airbags for the driver and front passenger as well as curtain airbags in the passenger compartment
  • Rest assist (fatigue detection)
  • Side assist (blind spot monitoring)
  • ISOFIX child seat mountings on the outer rear seats
  • Power-operated child safety lock


The new technology has upgraded the VW Caravelle from an icon to the most iconic van on the market. Inside this powerful vehicle, you will feel the elegance and luxury of a Volkswagen car. The VW Caravelle 2022 includes a 9.2-inch touchscreen with a radio navigation system. You can read more about the new interior features on Top Gear’s interior review page.

The new Caravelle also offers a wired and wireless application connection option. The USB port is compatible with a variety of Apple products such as the iPod, iPad and of course the iPhone. The brand-new digital cockpit also offers a comfort mobile phone interface with inductive charging features. Inductive charging is simply a cordless charging pad, so you’ll never have to worry about forgetting your charger again!

VW California Review


The VW California is the camping van of your dreams. Equipped with everything you need and more, this jam-packed van is the only camping buddy you’ll ever need. With an emphasis on safety and camping essentials, you’re prepared for anything. The exterior of the van is fully customisable – to fit your style and to fit any adventure. The VW California comes in a host of metallic and solid paint finishes. But, if you’re looking for something more retro, you can go for the famous ‘heritage’ dual-colour paint.

When you look at the VW California, you’d never in your wildest dreams imagine the interior that comes standard. The California 6.1 has a fully functional kitchen with modern and aesthetic finishes. The van also includes a large tank for freshwater and storage space for all your food (and snacks)! The VW California also includes handy add-ons like a camping table for inside and outside with two folding chairs – both integrated cleverly into the van’s design.


The performance of the VW California 6.1 is no small feat, this camping van is packed with power. The van includes 4Motion capabilities as with the Caravelle mentioned above. This 4-cylinder van has an output of 146Kw and a torque of 450Nm. The transmission is a direct shift gearbox with seven different gears for travel. If you’d like to learn more about the drive of the VW California you can read about how it performs on the road.

You can read more about the overall VW California review with the following resources.

  • Cars.co.za review of the California Coast 6.1
  • VW California review by Caravan Times
  • Learn some brief history of the VW California

Watch the video below for a VW California review which showcases all aspects of the incredible van!

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