The VW Combi California

So when we think camping holiday, we think caravan or big 4x4. But when we put the challenge to Volkswagen South Africa to give us one of the best cars to take on holiday, they suggested we try the new California Beach. Not only is this a cool car to take on holiday, as we found out, this is a cool car that can make a holiday.

The California is very new to South Africa and offers the city slicker a smart alternative to the regular holiday car. Perfect for those people with a bigger than normal family, the Kombi is a six seater with loads of space and masses of convenient gadgetry to make your life simple and hassle free. The two litre TDi engine delivered great power for a car in that class, but also a very respectable fuel consumption of around eight litres per 100 kilometres driven.

The VW Combi California So when we think camping holiday, we think caravan or big 4x4. But when we put the challenge to Volkswagen South Africa to give us one of the best cars to

However, it’s not what the California offers the driver that made this a cool car for us, but what it offered the adventurer. The California converted from mom’s taxi to modern camper in no time at all. The roof pops up giving the cabin masses of space, a multipurpose table adds to the interior features of the California. The table, which has two extremely comfortable folding chairs can be neatly stored in the sliding door lining, while the chairs can be stored in a bag on the tailgate overnight or during the journey. The California is also equipped with numerous storage spaces in the cabin, with three drawers and two storage trays.

Although not really necessary for the summer camping we did, the California had a nifty feature we thought we would really enjoy on a cold winter night’s camping as it has a timer function that allows you to keep the cabin heated for three hours after you go to sleep.

All in all we found the VW California Beach to be not only a bargain, but a real competition beater. It looks stylish enough to cruise the streets of town in and it will certainly be the envy of others on all the campsites across South Africa.