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.

  • Mark Weiner

    Yes, they don’t sell them in the USA, that is correct.
    In my opinion, it’s a lot of money for a vehicle with no bathroom, generator and is not self contained, It’s true that a brand new Sprinter is twice the price; most RV folks don’t buy brand new. They know how much money they will save purchasing a slightly used model. Even then RV’s are extremely expensive as someone already pointed out, very true.
    Finally, as for VW’s, I’ve had two of them purchased brand new and all I can say is never again. Their quality control in my view is not very good and the recent performance with cheating diesel emissions is reason enough for me to dismiss them permanently.

  • L M

    Just because it costs this much in UK it doesn’t mean it would be priced same in the US. In the UK a VW golf can cost $60k.

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