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(The Gear Loop) - Volkswagen has bolstered its line-up of California camper vans by adding the comparatively diminutive Caddy to its existing Transporter and Crafter models.

The California moniker has nothing to do with The Golden State, as such, but instead indicates that the fifth generation Caddy has received the bespoke camper van makeover enjoyed by other vans in the range. 

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In this case, it includes a new, foldable bed (1,980mm x 1,070mm), with cup springs and high-quality mattress, that is stored in the parcel shelf and opens out above the rear seats. Not quite fit for a king and queen, but roomy enough for a cosy couple. 

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When not in full sleeping mode, there is ample seating for five, although the rear row of seats can be removed entirely to free up space inside.

In the rear, there is a neat retractable kitchen system, complete with a single-burner cooker and integrated gas bottle. Clever and practical stowage compartments are dotted around for storing cutlery and kitchen utensils, while California camper chairs and camper table that are cleverly stowed away when not in use, come as standard.

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Customers can also option a modular tent structure that neatly hooks onto the rear of the Caddy, creating a gigantic living area and additional sleeping compartment for two more. This tent cleverly features and air pole system for easy-up and down. 

To make sleeping that bit more comfortable inside the Caddy, the interior blinds for the rear windows double up as window storage bags. Light is provided from integrated LED reading lights in the passenger compartment and tailgate.

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In the UK, prices for the standard Caddy California start at £30,720 for the entry-level 1.5 TSI 114 PS powertrain and manual gearbox, with the 2.0 TDI 122 PS 7-speed DSG automatic variant priced at £32,820. 

Writing by Leon Poultney.