Volkswagen Caravelle commonly known as Volkswagen Transporter is an MPV that might not appear very catchy from outside but offers plenty of space for its passengers inside. People love it for its flexibility and varying number of seating configurations. Surprisingly, it is also decent at driving and handling and is packed with numerous safety features and 4Motion drive. All the features packed in this MPV, made it a top light commercial vehicle for Indonesians looking for fun-family rides beating the cars like, Toyota Hiace, Mercedes-Benz Vito & Ford Transit.
This all-wheel drive vehicle is equipped with 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine and 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine. The 2.0-litre diesel engine delivers maximum power output of 140 PS at 3500 rpm and high torque of 340 Nm between 1750 to 2500 rpm. Whereas the TSI petrol engine, 2.0-litre churns out maximum power output of 204 PS between 4200 to 6000 rpm along with the peak torque of 350 Nm between 1500 to 4000 rpm. To deliver quick engine response, it is coupled with 7-speed dual clutch gearbox giving acceleration count of 9.5 seconds to cover 0-100km/h speed mark and top speed is 200 km/h. Coming to the fuel economy factor, obviously diesel engine will stand out in contrast to petrol, saving few more bucks sipping 7.2-litres of fuel covering 100km distance.
This multi-purpose vehicle by Volkswagen is packed in aluminum side sills & front spoiler enhancing its sophisticated exterior appearance. Creating interest in prying eyes towards this vehicle can be further enhanced by opting for chrome package. Besides, on the standard trim, bi-xenon headlamps ensure safety of its occupants and keep you aware about the surroundings in extended vision. Right hand side sliding door makes it easy to park the vehicle in tight spaces and allow passengers to enter/exit swiftly. Overall dimensions are measured at 4892 mm x 1904 mm x 1970 mm (L x W x H) along with the wheelbase of 3000 mm. Standard 17-inch wheels come fitted in complete tire size 235/55 R17.
Volkswagen Caravelle offers plenty of interior room and carries maximum passengers in the MPV segment. Even the first row cabin embarks driver seat and 2-seater front passenger bench. Interior seat layout is very much flexible and can be changed quickly as per your need, so the boot space count varies depending on the number of seats folded. Radio & navigation system assures your arrival to the desired destination without any fault and keeping you entertained throughout the journey. Additional heater in the passenger compartment and air conditioning system maintains optimal temperature inside, irrespective of how cold or hot is the environment. Other comfort-convenience features associated with this MPV includes height adjustable leather covered multi-function steering wheel, instrument cluster, electric windows & heated door mirrors etc.
Firm braking, handling and safety features are associated with this passenger vehicle, assuring occupants' safety irrespective of the road you travel on. Monitoring over fatal conditions, over-steering, adhesion from lane, emergency braking, everything is under regular check and control via brake assist system, daytime driving light, hill start assist, cruise control, turning lights, rear assist, side assist and more. Plus tyre monitoring display which show your tyre pressure status. Also, your luggage is entirely sVolkswagen Caravelle - Indonesiaafe kept in the cabin under surveillance of 'lashing eyes' function. In short, safety is in-built for this vehicle and comes as standard on first priority.
This is a spacious vehicle that offers ample space and comfort to its passengers along with a certain amount of luxury. However, it does not look good enough and lacks a bit on its exterior aesthetics.