Volkswagen is the go-to manufacturer when it comes to camper vans you can use day in, day out and for any adventure you might have prepared.
Its California range is one of the most desirable around, and given the popularity of the campervan market, it’s easy to see why Volkswagen has expanded its line-up. No longer just the standard California, there are now models based on the Caddy and Crafter too.
Let’s take a look at which Volkswagen California model might suit you.
If you want an affordable gateway into Volkswagen’s camper range, it has to be the Caddy California. Based on the firm’s most compact van, it’s an ideal option for getting away on weekends away, without having to spend a fortune.
Great for couples or those wanting to head away camping without the kids, the Caddy California features a foldout bed that can sleep two, with the standard disc-spring mattress offering plenty in the way of comfort. It also includes a pull-out mini kitchen, al-fresco dining set and blinds to shut out the light. A short wheelbase model is the standard choice, but a longer Maxi version can also be selected.
The original California is based on Volkswagen’s midsize Transport-based camper van, and one that continues to be enormously popular. Ideal for a range of uses- even day-to-day roles as family transport - its versatility and ease of use continue to impress to this day.
Featuring an elevated roof that can be set up in just a few steps, or electrically on top-spec models, two adults can comfortably sleep in there, while there’s room for two children to sleep below. It really is a fantastic model for smaller families, while also coming with a fully-fitted kitchen.
Volkswagen’s California Beach is closely-related to the regular California, but this is a more utilitarian product than the plusher main version.
Ideal for those wanting plenty of space and versatility, but without all the luxuries, it’s equipped with a manual pop-up roof, and comes with five seats as standard, but you can specify up to seven seats if needed. Rather than the fully-fitted kitchen, you get a mini unit with the Beach, though still with all the essentials for camping.
If you want the most space possible, it’s the Grand California that you need. Based on the large Crafter van, it doesn’t offer any more beds than the smaller California, but it’s the extras that it offers that justify its size and higher price.
These include a wet room equipped with a shower, toilet and sink, as well as integrated shelving for storing toiletries. Four-wheel-drive versions are also available if you fancy some winter camping, while two body lengths are available - 600 and 680, the latter bringing even more space.