The VW California is the first and only factory built, purpose built camper van by Volkswagen. Despite the Volkswagen brand being synonymous with camper vans, all previous incarnations were after market conversions – until now.
The VW California offers complete motoring comfort. It’s car like dimensions, means it fits in to multi story and supermarket car parks with ease, and is a pleasure to drive on a daily basis around town or on long motoring trips. 2010 saw the launch of the facelifted California in the UK, with it’s new range of 2.0 litre, 4 cylinder engines, available either as 140PS turbo or the 180PS Bi-turbo in manual, tiptronic or even as a ‘4-motion’ VW’s 4 wheel drive version. The pre 2010 California’s, come with a choice of two of volkswagens finest 5 cylinder TDI engines, the 130 PS or 174 PS variant, either with manual transmission or ‘tiptronic’. These were also available as a ‘4-motion’ four wheel drive version.
The VW California is extremely well equipped as standard. It includes a refrigerator box, two burner hob, sink with running water, two front ‘captains’ chairs which swivel 360, a sliding rear bench seat on rails, which is removable and folds down flat ‘rock and roll style’ to form a large double bed. There is an onboard computer system which controls various displays, the temperature of the refrigerator box, the temperature and timings for the auxiliary heating system, the water levels in the fresh water tank and waste water tanks, the battery levels and not least of all, the electric elevating roof. With the roof fully elevated there is full standing height within the van, or a further, surprisingly large, double sleeping area. The van is superbly designed, packed full of features and clever storage. There is a folding table in the van, and a removable table and chairs cleverly stowed in the boot lid and sliding side door.
The VW California is the ultimate family car, the ultimate compact user friendly camper van and a future classic. View the following pages to see pictures of just how good this vehicle is, ask questions from owners, see reviews from motoring magazines and press, and share the views and experiences of California owners, via our facebook page or Forum. The forum provides many useful hints, tips and discussion topics relating to The VW California.
If you’re thinking of buying a new VW California click here to be taken to our ‘find a dealer’ page, where you will find a UK map to point you in the direction of one of our recommended dealerships near to you. They all have staff with specialist California knowledge to guide you through your buying experience, and offer the best deals on California’s. Check out our classified ads pages for a selection of the finest available privately owned used California’s, or use the search facility on the classifieds page to search Volkswagens entire current used stock of California’s available now.
The VW California are stockists of many of the ‘must have’ accessories required to further enhance your California experience. These include the immensely popular roof cover, nicknamed the ‘Vanorak,’ designed to simply fit over your elevated California roof to further insulate and protect the roof bellows from the elements, ensuring comfortable all year round camping and prolonged protection of your California roof, you’ll never have to close a damp roof again!! We are also approved stockists of Thule equipment, world leaders in quality vehicle solutions. Whether you want to take your bikes with you, Kayaks, canoes or just extra storage, we can supply quality solutions for all of your carrying requirements.
Visit our online accessory shop or contact us for details of any Thule accessory to match any vehicle.