Volkswagen T6 Caravelle (2015–)
Quiet and comfortable seven-seater.
Keen, car-like road handling.
Strong range of 2.0 TDI engines with impressive economy.
Isn't very different from the old T5.
Expensive to buy new.
Ride can get bumpy on rough roads.
Rear seats are extremely heavy and cumbersome to remove.
2-12-2016: Total failure of 2.0TDI 102 engine of 10 week old 2016 T6 camper reported due to failure of EGR valve causing coolant to be drawn into the block.
28-10-2017: Report of 2.0 205 BiTDI engine failure in 4WD DSG VW T6 California campervan originally costing over £50,000 in October 2016. Two days after its first service at 13,000 miles it failed to start. The VW dealer has diagnosed the usual problem with the EGR valve which caused coolant to leak into the engine which needs replacing together with the valve and other parts: apparently £7k worth of work, all under warranty.
13-3-2019: Report from reader who just took delivery of a brand new VW T6 camper van from Bilbos in South Godstone. £73,000, so not cheap. "Drove it home, 39 miles on the clock. Invited friends round to admire it. It wouldn't start at first, then coolant light came on, and nasty smell of burnt diesel, rough sounds, etc. Contacted the company, it was suggested that I drive it the ten or so miles to the VW garage, which I wasn't happy to do, and the car was collected the next day on a low loader. There was a fault on the EGR and coolant was leaking into the second cylinder. The garage were in contact with VW Germany, and the EGR has been replaced." Offered £200 in vouchers as compensation. However, if this leads to engine failure (as 23-9-2017 above) the reader would be entitled to a full refund plus all the costs associated with a ruined holiday.
11-5-2019: Report of 2016 VW T6 102TDI campervan, 16 plate now 18,000 miles having needed three replacement EGR coolers and now requiring a fourth (happily under a free extended warranty). See: 23-9-2017.