What is it?
Don’t worry if you’ve just had to do a double take. Yes, you are still reading Autocar, and yes, we are reviewing a van.
But before you think we’ve gone completely off the rails, let us do some explaining. You see, at its core, the Volkswagen Caravelle may be based on the Transporter T6 van platform, but look beneath the slab-sided bodywork and it quickly becomes apparent that it's far more than just a commercial vehicle with seats and windows.
Indeed, the Caravelle’s mission, ever since it was introduced alongside the third-generation Transporter, has been to combine the material and dynamic refinements of a passenger car with a level of practicality that goes far beyond what is available from a seven-seat SUV, and this new T6.1 model continues that tradition.
So, in addition to a number of exterior tweaks that include a larger front grille, revised LED lights and a range of new colours, inside you’ll find a heavily revised dashboard, a digital instrument cluster and plethora of new assistance and safety systems.
Under the bodywork, there’s also an all-new electromechanical power steering set-up (allowing Volkswagen to fit crosswind assistance as standard) and a couple of revised 2.0-litre TDI engines.