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Serious about space? So is Volkswagen's Caravelle. In contrast to the largest conventional MPVs on the market, it'll not only take seven people but all their luggage too, thanks to commercial origins refined by decades of development that have created a quality car-like feel for driver and passengers alike. Ultimately, there isn't much that can do what a Caravelle can. Here, we look at the T5 generation version as a used buy.
So how ultimately, ought we to define the Volkswagen Caravelle? You might have started off seeing it as some kind of LCV, a perfectly reasonable assumption given that it's based on a Volkswagen Transporter panel van and sold through Volkswagen Van Centres. But it's got seven seats, so you could also finger it as a kind of minibus. Until you clamber inside and discover that those chairs slide, fold and rotate - just like an MPV. But it's also more than that too, its arm-chair style seats and superior trim materials making it quite upmarket for the kids and more, perhaps, like an executive limousine..
But let's stop this. The bottom line is whether you see it as a smart minibus, an executive MPV or some kind of lifestyle vehicle in the mould of VWs classic Camper vans, this model's unique selling point is space. There just aren't many vehicles of any kind that can seat seven in this kind of comfort and take such a significant amount of luggage along for the ride. This kind of capability isn't inexpensive of course, especially in comparison to some mainstream rivals. But cheaper alternatives lack not only Wolfsburg's legendary heritage in this sector but also the classy feel, bulletproof build and solid residuals of the Volkswagen badge. It's a solid used investment, especiall y in this modern-era T5 guise.
You'll need to be part of a very big family or a very mobile business in order to fully justify Caravelle ownership of course. But if you can, then the conquest of space can start very comfortably at the wheel of one of these.
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the amount repayable would be £216.89 a month, with a total cost of credit of £2,910.72 and a total amount
payable of £10,410.72.
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