New Volkswagen Caddy California camper starts from £30,720

The VW Caddy California camper sleeps two and sits beneath the full-sized California and Grand California

  • New van-based camper starts from £30,720
  • Sleeps two in a foldable bed
  • Standard equipment includes a mini kitchen

The new Volkswagen Caddy California camper is available to order now, starting from £30,270. The new model is small two-person camper that’s based on the Caddy van, and is Volkswagen’s third camper van, sitting beneath the California and Grand California in Volkswagen's campervan range.

2022 Dacia JoggerTop 10 cars with the biggest boots

Volkswagen offers the Caddy California as a standard size model and in a larger Maxi bodystyle. The Maxi model is 353mm longer than the regular version, with a wheelbase (the distance between the front and rear wheels) that’s 215mm longer. All models of the Caddy California look nearly identical to the regular MPV version, with the camper model getting ‘California’ graphics on the rear doors.

Officially designed to sleep two people, the mini-camper features a bed measuring in at just under two metres long and just over a metre wide, putting it somewhere in between a standard UK single and a small double. You’ll have to be on good terms with your sleeping partner but at least ‘disc spring elements' feature to improve comfort. The interior is also fitted with LED reading lights.

All versions of the Caddy California include a set of lightweight camping chairs and a table stowed in the rear, along with two convenient storage bags used to transfer items between the home and camper. These also double as privacy screens when fastened in the rear windows.

The Caddy California also gets a mini kitchen fitted as standard. This is installed in the boot beneath the bed and slides out in separate parts, including a gas hob and storage for utensils and food. Owners cook at the rear of the camper, where the open rear hatch acts as an awning to help shelter you from the rain when cooking.

For a 'romantic touch', there's also the option of a large 1.4-metre panoramic glass roof that's ideal for stargazing as you go to sleep. An optional add-on tent is also available, connecting to the rear of the car to extend the available living space. According to VW, the tent sleeps two people and is simple to put up thanks to ‘air poles’.

Standard equipment includes LED headlights, 16-inch alloy wheels and black roof rails. The interior features an 8.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, bluetooth, a DAB radio and height and lumbar adjustment for the front seats. Air conditioning and electric folding mirrors are also included.

Buyers can also spec the California Plus pack for around £1,000, which adds a front centre armrest with two cup holders, dark tinted rear windows, a pair of USB charging ports and LED rear lights. It also adds a useful 230V inverter and a three-pin plug socket, meaning you can power devices when away from home, and power latching for all doors. 

The Caddy California features an array of driver aids to make long-distance trips more comfortable. These include VW’s driver alert system, lane assist, cruise control with a speed limiter, and VW’s trailer-assist system to help when towing. Extra safety features are available on the options list, including such as adaptive cruise control (£690), dynamic LED headlights (£1,128), high-beam assist (£156) and dynamic road sign display (£330).

The engine range starts from £30,720 for the 112bhp 1.5 TSI petrol, which gets a manual gearbox. A 120bhp 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine gets a seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox, with prices starting from £32,820. Buyers can also spec the larger Caddy California Maxi model, increasing the starting price to £32,076 for the petrol and £36,954 for the diesel.

Volkswagen Caddy California too small? Read our in-depth review of the Volkswagen California.

Recommended

Kia EV6 review - one of the best EVs on sale
Kia EV6
In-depth reviews
15 Feb 2024

Kia EV6 review - one of the best EVs on sale

New Renault Captur facelift to bring sharper styling to the popular small SUV
Renault Captur render front quarter
News
1 Feb 2024

New Renault Captur facelift to bring sharper styling to the popular small SUV

Volkswagen’s value-focused Match trim returns, bringing more equipment at a lower cost
Volkswagen ID.7 Pro Match
News
30 Jan 2024

Volkswagen’s value-focused Match trim returns, bringing more equipment at a lower cost

Sleek new Volkswagen Passat to start from £38k
New Volkswagen Passat
News
25 Jan 2024

Sleek new Volkswagen Passat to start from £38k

Most Popular

Best new car deals 2024: this week’s top car offers
Carbuyer best new car deals hero
Deals
23 Feb 2024

Best new car deals 2024: this week’s top car offers

Hot car deal: sporty Skoda Octavia vRS Estate for £278 a month
octavia vrs hot deal
Deals
19 Feb 2024

Hot car deal: sporty Skoda Octavia vRS Estate for £278 a month

New Mercedes CLE Cabriolet released, costing from £53k
Mercedes CLE Cabriolet front quarter
News
22 Feb 2024

New Mercedes CLE Cabriolet released, costing from £53k

Tips & advice

View All
Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
19 Dec 2023

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide
Public EV charge point
Tips and advice
11 Jan 2023

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?
PCP vs HP
Tips and advice
17 May 2022

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?

Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Tips and advice
12 Apr 2023

Average speed cameras: how do they work?

Best cars

View All
Top 10 best car interiors
Peugeot 208 hatchback
Best cars
25 Jun 2021

Top 10 best car interiors

Top 10 best electric cars 2024
The best electric cars 2023
Best cars
2 Jan 2024

Top 10 best electric cars 2024

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2024
The best cheap-to-run cars 2023
Best cars
2 Jan 2024

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2024

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2024
Fastest hot hatchbacks hero
Best cars
2 Jan 2024

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2024