Leasing a Volkswagen California
Engines and performance for the Volkswagen California
The Volkswagen California is powered by a 2.0 litre engine producing either 150hp or 199hp. It's a powerful offering and responsive too - particularly considering the Californian's weight. The sprint time for the model producing 200hp is nearly 11 seconds. The engine is mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission that is a smooth changing offering with fuel economy of 37 mpg.
Equipment and handling
The Volkswagen California is an iconic campervan and it's this model that has the market practically sewn up. It's an excellent, well-made vehicle with a lot to offer those who enjoy life on the move. The build quality is excellent and this van is easy to drive, even in built-up areas. The California is based on the Transporter and it's still an able performer with the steering giving good feedback. There's a lot of equipment on board, including a fully-fitted kitchen that features a sink, cool box and stove. There's also a camping table and chairs that can be used when parked up and then neatly stowed away. The VW California range was revamped for 2020, with the 6.1 offering intelligent mobile online services, including an excellent infotainment system. Along with a multifunction steering wheel, there's a digital cockpit and a camper control panel to control various functions. The revamped model also features extra safety kit including improved city emergency braking and a system to warn the driver of an impending collision as well as a cyclist and pedestrian detection system. The new model is heavier than the version it replaces, but it still features a pop-up canopy. For those who would like extra grip, then the California Ocean trim comes with the firm's all-wheel-drive 4Motion offering which is a great idea if you need to drive out of a muddy field, for example. Essentially, the Volkswagen California is an iconic vehicle that has developed a cult following over the years and once you've driven one, it's easy to understand why. So, if you want a campervan, then the California is what you need.