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Inside design and expertise – VW California

Cavernous camper cabin

In a nutshell, this common factory-built four-berth camper incorporates a kitchenette on one facet and a dwelling and eating space on the opposite.

Though primarily based on a business panel van there aren’t many different similarities. As soon as parked up, you’ll want some headspace. The manually-operated roof will be pushed up at one finish and, as soon as mounted in place, creates sufficient headroom to potter round within the kitchen and eating space.

The upper-level double-bed sleeping space – accessed by a sunroof-sized gap – incorporates two zip-open panel facet home windows plus a totally opening part going through the entrance of the van. The roof canvas is offered in a alternative of three colors (gray, purple or blue).

The kitchenette within the Cali Coast contains a double-burner fuel hob with spark-ignition, glass worktops with push-button launch mechanisms, a stainless-steel sink and plastic washing-up bowl, a 42-litre top-loading compressor fridge and a big base cupboard completed in vivid oak wood-effect.

Varied different storage items (relying on the trim degree) are positioned in direction of the again of the van, together with a two-part built-in wardrobe with mirror, garments rail and lockable secure. A forty five-litre fold-down storage compartment is fitted above the backrest of the bench seat. Each contemporary and wastewater is equipped from onboard tanks, every with a capability of 42 litres.

That is additionally a rear cabinet the place the assorted parts for electrical energy, water and fuel provide are positioned: the residual present circuit breaker, the contemporary water tank with a recess during which a 2.8kg tenting fuel bottle matches, and the freshwater drain lever.

The folding dual-belted rear bench seat within the dwelling space can transfer to infinite positions by way of a floor-mounted rail system, together with swivelling entrance seats. California additionally incorporates a fold-out desk (saved contained in the sliding door), two comfortable tenting chairs (neatly saved in a zipped pouch within the tailgate) and a retractable awning to permit al-fresco eating when the solar is shining.

Glazing-wise, the Cali contains a rear, heat-insulating privateness glass, sliding home windows within the entrance and stuck home windows within the rear passenger compartment. All home windows incorporate nifty shades for privateness. On the driving force facet, there’s a sliding door which, within the UK positioned on the right-hand facet, might imply kids stepping out into oncoming visitors.

Cocooned in a cockpit

Perched bolt upright on springy seats gives very good ahead visibility by the massive windscreen and facet home windows. Giant wing mirrors assist eradicate blind spots and the rear parking sensors and a rear digital camera additionally assist when reversing into tight areas.

Whereas the dashboard has a lot of robust plastic and no-nonsense analogue dials, its simplicity is refreshing and much from distracting. There are, after all, loads of storage areas dotted round plus massive cupholders entrance and rear. A cockpit flooring space is carpeted and non-slip rubber mats are within the rear. Consolation and comfort options within the entrance embody armrests for each entrance seats, seize handles on the A-pillars to assist entry, an illuminated glovebox and a useful torch that plugs into the cigarette lighter socket.

A ten.25-inch touchscreen show is positioned within the centre of the dashboard, incorporating (relying on the trim degree and specification), a radio and navigation system with built-in eSIM, App-Join, We Join cell on-line companies and Bluetooth.

An LED panel positioned within the headliner is used to handle the automobile’s electrical connection, battery cost standing, water ranges, auxiliary cabin heating and LED lighting.  It consists of an alarm clock and even a digital ‘inclinometer’ (spirit degree) show.

A collection of sensors, radars and cameras gives data on the driving surroundings across the automobile. These embody rear-traffic alert, tyre stress monitoring system, adaptive cruise management and hill descent help.

As a part of the usual Digital Stabilisation Programme (ESP), it additionally has crosswind help that robotically applies the brakes throughout robust winds.

On the open street

Our VW California 6.1 Coast is powered by a 2.0-litre TDI 150PS diesel engine mated to a seven-speed DSG gearbox (there isn’t any handbook possibility).

There will be no denying that the Cali is a legend. It’s cleverly designed and really nicely appointed, catering for almost each want and need whereas out and about. The fixtures and fittings are sturdy too.  Filled with attraction and comfort, all the things works nicely for a fast break every time the temper takes you. And so it ought to do for that wince-inducing price ticket.  Rival fashions embody the Ford Nugget, Vauxhall Vivaro Elite and Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo.

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