2019 VW California Is Too Expensive If You’re Not A Camper Enthusiast

The VW California is one of the most likeable camper vans available in the market today, with the German company honoring their long tradition in the segment with a very cleverly packaged vehicle that retains the shape of the van it’s based on.

This makes the California easier to drive and park than a motorhome while still being able to sleep four people. In fact, it’s as easy to drive as a normal VW van as it retains the same exact footprint on the road.

The cabin offers a wide range of configurations and includes a kitchen top with a double gas stove, useful cabinets and a small sink, a cool box, a rear bench that turns into a double bed, reversible front seats and a second double bed, thanks to the pop-up roof. The only things missing are a shower and a toilet.

Based on thelatest, T6 generation of VW’s popular van, the California is offered with the same diesel powertrains, with outputs ranging from 85PS (83hp) to 204PS (201hp) for the range-topping twin-turbo 2.0-liter TDI version that’s been reviewed here.

However, it all comes at a very steep price. With all the extras counted in, the test car came with the eye-watering price of £65,000 ($82,000 in current exchange rates). Sure the California campers hold their value really well, but still, that’s a lot of money.


  • javier

    that’s nothin. a winebago revel built on a spinter is 152 k $

    • brn

      Sprinter based campers start at about $80K US and go up from there. So the starting price is about the same as this VW, if you compare apples to oranges.

      The Sprinter is a commercial vehicle. It’s a lot larger and much better built. The Sprinter is a proper camper, bathroom and all. The VW is more of a (creatively executed) conversion van.

      • Matt

        The VW is also a commercial vehicle…

      • neil

        Strange that the Sprinter is “much better built” considering M-B couldn’t build the VW-badged versions of the previous 2 generations (LT and Crafter) to the standards VW expected, hence the latest Crafter is no longer assembled by M-B.

  • Smith

    Wake up people, its a VW. Maximum price for any VW is £20,000 (US$30,000). Camper or not, you are being ripped a huge one if you buy this!

    • Matt

      A Touareg costs more than that, for a start.

      • Melben

        And that is desperately overpriced as well. Put me right off, and I’ve owned three.

  • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

    Does anyone truly want anything with a diesel engine from the fraudsters at Volkswagen Group these days?

    • donald seymour

      Yep, I do.

      • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

        Wow. I guess there will always be lemmings who love to waste their money on garbage products.

  • Dennis James

    Well…considering you also get a house… 🙂

  • Craig

    The price takes all the fun out of camping.

  • Paul

    So… one of those Tiny House things might be a better deal lol.

  • Melben

    Stupid money. And VW knows it.
    Only fools (and horses) would have one. A very nice caravan and a top range tow car could be had for much less. A VW rip-off.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Even going way back, the VW camper was never cheap. Never seemed to matter.

  • Justin Spencer

    You must be looking for Fox News….go there!!!

  • Justin Spencer

    Motor homes are extremely expensive so the price is pretty relative.

  • MarketAndChurch

    I wish they sold this in the US

  • Smith

    It’s too expensive for any inhabitant of planet earth, no matter what you like to do on a weekend.

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