2017 Volkswagen California Luxury VIP – interior Exterior and Drive

Volkswagen California T6 review
New Volkswagen camper is better than ever, but the high price will put some off

That huge number is the single most off-putting thing about the California, but to set up camp early, we’ll say already that this latest T6 generation model very nearly justifies the price tag – it’s very good indeed.
If you’re familiar with the T5 California (or indeed the Transporter), you may already have noted a striking familiarity about all this. If you haven’t – there really is one. That’s because the T6 Transporter van was developed along an “if it ain’t broke” policy, so Volkswagen kept all the fixed points of the chassis, most of the body panels and the internal dimensions exactly the same.

That extends to the California’s internal fittings, meaning the little kitchenette in this T6 Ocean model is basically the same as the T5’s was, just with a couple of extra rails and cup holders. There have been tweaks to the front and rear exterior styling, but the real work went into improving overall refinement, ride quality and cabin flair, and adding more of the technology that makes Volkswagen’s passenger cars so alluring.

For a start, the California gets Euro-6 emissions-compliant diesel engines, meaning economy is improved and CO2 emissions lowered across the range. So, while the 138bhp 2.0 TDI T5 California averaged 39.2mpg, this T6 equivalent, with 10bhp more, returns 44.1mpg.

More than that, all the new engines contribute to an overall sense of refinement bordering on remarkable for what is essentially a diesel van. All three available engines are 2.0-litre TDI diesel units, but outputs are 100bhp, 148bhp or 201bhp – the last of those being the most powerful ever put into a VW van.

But actually, pound-for-pound it’s the 100bhp engine that’s the most impressive, because Volkswagen has tuned it in the spirit of the old Pumpe Duse diesels from the Mk IV Golf era, concentrating all the torque in a thin band near the bottom of the rev range, so there’s instant, flexible pickup.

On that basis the 201bhp engine doesn’t feel twice as powerful, although there’s no denying its turn of pace. As ever, though, the middling 148bhp diesel is the best overall, superbly subdued at lower revs, far punchier than its 14.2-second 0-62mph sprint suggests, and silkily smooth – for a diesel, anyway. All California models are available with a seven-speed DSG automatic, while the two higher-powered engines can be specified with 4Motion four-wheel drive.

Despite an overarching sense that little has changed from the T5 California to the T6, that’s not exactly a fair assessment – Volkswagen counts 6,000 changes from the T5 Transporter to the T6, all of which carry over to the California. They just happen to be mostly suspension, engine and technology improvements, most of which you can feel rather than see.

And in this case, familiarity is no bad thing, especially rearward of the front seats, where the California is really easy to use: the roof can be popped up and the rear bench turned into a double bed in no time at all, which is especially appeasing on a wet, dark field in the middle of the night.

The main change at the front is the addition of a ‘premium’ cabin, standard with Ocean models but not available with Beach (these are the only two trim levels). It results in a significant upward ambience shift, dotted with glossy surfaces and soft-closing compartments – but unfortunately still none of the soft-touch surfaces that make certain Volkswagens feel so premium, and that you might expect to see in something of this price.

Without this cabin, the van-like driver ergonomics and open storage compartments conspire to make Beach models feel less a luxurious MPV and more a tarted-up van. Beach models don’t feel as good as their high price suggests they might – it costs from £37,657.

Ocean specification, formerly known as SE, is the Camper we’re all familiar with, complete with twin gas hobs, a sink, a fridge and a full suite of wood veneered storage units. It seats four, sleeps four (its pop-up roof is electrically operated), and comes with a side awning for outside shelter from the rain – a standard feature on UK Beach models, too. Prices for the California Ocean begin at £47,840.
And while it’s true that both of those prices look high, in both cases the specification sheet at least justifies some of the expense. All come with Bluetooth, DAB digital radio, climate control (three-zone in the Ocean), alloy wheels, LED taillights and an auxiliary heater to stave off the midnight chill.

Key specs
Price: £47,840
Engine: 2.0-litre 4cyl TDI
Transmission: 6-speed manual, front-wheel drive
Power/torque: 148bhp/ 340Nm

0-62mph: 14.2 seconds
Top speed: 111mph
CO2: 169g/km
On sale: August 2015
Read More http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/volkswagen/california/92297/volkswagen-california-t6-review

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Comments

DrJ Nn says:

It supposed to be multivan(original name from germay) OK.!!!,,!!!!!!!!

TheOpenfield says:

Horrible choice of music

neplains says:

From the side it looks like what you get when a Volkswagen Vanagon has a one-night-stand with a Chevy Astro Van, lol.

Joel Crow says:

It’s time VW…think of all the hippie kids in the USA…bring this back.

Alejandro Haro says:

Jaja está basiada no la comisaría no veo la utilidad de tener casa de campaña en el techo

Dariana Lavandera says:

Quiero una acá para Uruguay !! Es eléctrica la van?

dupont jean says:

Hello thanks for your video

Please somebody can advice me a good product similar under 18000€ in diesel ? and in essence ?
For a prepper project
Thanks

Herman Deurloo says:

Sckooter

류승호 says:

한글버전좀 있으면 좋겠네요~~~

PAU CO Channel says:

nice van… but maybe you could use one of my songs, at my youtube channel! Better than this boring one haha

Victor :3 says:

Vw please sell this model in Romania!!!

MAOW says:

Bring this to Thailand…Hooray

carlos andrade says:

guero conprar um mothoromer so posso pagar 500r$ por mes socorro

re5rock says:

This would be great for banging!

rad rob says:

a kibla nima

0tispunkm3y3r says:

Top load fridge is a great idea!

HELLENIC VANAGON says:

When you go to a VW dealer in order to buy something for your beloved Syncro, they say that there is not such a thing as a t3 Syncro model.

And they are right since the official name of the 1979 VW bus, (2wd), or of the 1985 Syncro, (4wd), model is: t25.

But all the Syncronauts we know:

t25=t3

That is why t5/t6 cannot compete to the, highest, 4wd, named Syncro, with Gelande, dual lockers, auto central differential locking without hydraulics, (and maintenance), 50/50 weight ratio, symmetrical, (Mirage), transmission, Direct Drive rear differential, (no clutch), with unlimited, off road, load capabilities, Soft Start front differential, (never breaks), auto correction/auto regulation suspension, huge stealth stabilization spoiler, riding on the air feeling, (rear engine, forward control), i4/i5/v6/v8/w12 cheap engine modification, high snorkel, (~1.80 m), lowest IIHS of the 90’s death rate, limited electronics and many others.

We have to accept it:

in the year 2200 the t25 will be, (again), available, (?).
(Counting 10 years for the introduction of a new t model as up to now).

2020=t7
2030=t8
2040=t9
2050=t10
2060=t11
2070=t12
2080=t13
2090=t14
2100=t15
2110=t16
2120=t17
2130=t18
2140=t19
2150=t20
2160=t21
2170=t22
2180=t23
2190=t24
2200=t25

The t3(=t25) Syncro is a 30 years old car, back to the future, from the next century, year 2200.

(Please don’t worry. A 2018 Haldex t6 is readily available if you cannot wait for a t24 or a t25 from the next century).

The Syncro Heresy

Larry Bahr says:

I will buy one if they become available in CALIFORNIA. But, they will not be available. Soooo, Fuck You California.

Fabio Engl says:

Mein Absolutes Traumauto

Malcolm MacLeod says:

I love it. I have an old 1974 pop-top green and white VW camper, but this new guy is over the top.

Dave auf dem BMW says:

I’ve had 3 of these inc the last one 2003. Shouldn’t have sold it!
#ShagWagen lol and great to drive to NorCal / Laguna Seca for race weekend!! Better without the cabinets though – more room

911raveninbay says:

no toilet

David Le says:

Bring it to the US

Tanya Lake says:

It is a shame that VW don’t make/sell these anymore in the U.S. I could be wong.

QuietHero says:

wtf this van is nice

I know I'm gay, but says:

WHY ISN’T THIS IN AMERICA

Tripletrouble says:

I just got one of these they are fantastic for family holidays and you can even use it as a daily driver! But I’m in the uk

cracy gamer says:

Is there a toilet?

Rajesh Panchal says:

भारत मे मिल जाती ह
कीमत क्या है

Abdou Ben says:

جبهلي انه راءع

Diana Balto says:

Bring it to the US MARKET!!!

Rob W says:

I’ve never wanted a mini van so badly

Diana Balto says:

BRING THE EUROVAN TO THE AMERICAN MARKET NOW. TIRED OF THE MINI CRAP NO ROOM AUTOMOBILES.

عبدالله الدرسي says:

اللهم لا عيش الا عيش الاخره

Alister BC says:

No bathroom!!

Eric T says:

VW BRING IT TO NORTH AMERICA!!! I bought a Jeep Wrangler 4 door, spent $15,000 on a conversion rooftop kit, and I’d still rather have a volkswagen california!!!!

huyen la says:

what ter fuck

Infinitez says:

I am absolutely dying to have one for an NA road trip. I would not get another vehicle again if they would just let us import them here.

Phenixio Design says:

Inside this you do sex everywhere

pooja wavhal says:

Vw plz sell it in india

ro 13 says:

trop cool

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