Volkswagen Caravelle review - Reliability and Safety
We would expect the Caravelle’s tough van underpinnings to stand it in good stead reliability wise and it’s packed with driver aids
The latest Caravelle comes with a comprehensive list of safety kit as standard, there’s ESC stability control, Hill Start Assist, Tyre pressure monitors, automatic emergency braking, auto-dipping main beam headlights and the ParkPilot auto parking functionality. On the latest models, the switch to electro-mechanical steering has enabled the addition of Cross Wind Assist, which works to keep the Caravelle steady when gusts of wind come from the sides, lane keeping assist, and trailer assist, which lets you reverse a trailer looking back out of the side window and using the side mirror adjustment joystick to steer the vehicle. There’s traffic sign recognition and a full suite of proximity sensors to help you when maneuvering as well. The Caravelle has yet to feature in our Driver Power reliability survey but Volkswagen itself has. The brand ranked a mid-table 17th in the 2019 poll. Likewise, the Caravelle has yet to have its date with the crash testers at Euro NCAP.
The Caravelle gets the standard VW warranty of 3-years or 100,000 miles. The vehicle is sold through VW van centres which are focused on getting vehicle back on the road in good time so warranty and other work should be performed promptly.
Fixed price servicing deals are available through VW’s van centres and these should help you manage running costs with a simple, predictable monthly fee. Prices range from £16 a month for basic servicing to £48 per month for all servicing, maintenance and tyres.
In this review
- 1Volkswagen Caravelle reviewIf you can afford one, the Volkswagen Caravelle is a fantastic 7-seat utility vehicle for business or private use
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Caravelle is tuned for long distance comfort and it’s better on the motorway than it is through the corners
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsThe Caravelle is a large hefty vehicle and fuel economy returns reflect that but residual values are strong
- 4Interior, design and technologyA classy interior design and durable build quality mean the Caravelle doesn’t feel like a commercial vehicle inside
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe Caravelle’s core strength is the sheer amount of space inside it but clever design helps you make the most of all the room too
- 6Reliability and Safety - currently readingWe would expect the Caravelle’s tough van underpinnings to stand it in good stead reliability wise and it’s packed with driver aids