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We doubt the Volkswagen Caravelle needs much in the way of an introduction; after all, you can trace its lineage all the way back to the original split-screen VW bus that was launched in 1950. While that was, in effect, a stretched Beetle with a box on top, the latest ‘T6.1’ is a purpose-built people-mover.
Of course, you don’t need to look too hard to see that the T6.1 also comes as a purpose-built van: the Transporter. That puts it up against rivals such as the Citroën Spacetourer, Peugeot Traveller and Ford Tourneo Custom – all candidates if you’ve outgrown a Ford Galaxy or Seat Alhambra.
This generation was launched with a choice of diesel and petrol engines, but the latter have since been dropped. This is no bad thing, however, as the Caravelle has always been better suited to a grunty diesel motor, especially when loaded up with people and luggage.
To see which version we recommend and how the Caravelle compares with rivals, keep reading for our comprehensive review. And remember, if you’re in the market for a new family car, there is a good chance we can save you a few quid through our New Car Buying page.