Radio 1 DJ Jo Whiley and TDI VW Caravelle

Diesel VW Caravelle

Diesel VW Caravelle

Radio 1 DJ and broadcaster, plus mother of four children Jo Whiley, has bought a new Volkswagen Caravelle, which she says is the best family car she has ever had.

The Caravelle has seven seats and is one of Volkswagen’s most spacious and practical full-size people carriers with plenty of luggage space and sliding side doors allowing easy access for passengers. But its star feature is that the two individual rear seats swivel to face the rear bench seat and create a sociable lounge environment complete with a table.

Describing why she chose the Caravelle, Jo Whiley said: ‘It’s perfect for us. There’s so much space for the children and all their gear, which means they’re much happier and our journeys are instantly so much calmer!

‘We tried a Caravelle last summer and thought it was brilliant. We camped in it at festivals and it easily coped taking us all on holiday, so it was our first choice when we wanted a new car – and the new one’s quieter with a better sound system.’

The new Caravelle was launched earlier this year featuring new-look frontal styling in line with the latest Volkswagens, including the new Polo, and interior enhancements including upgraded instrumentation and audio systems, plus the option of a new seven-speed DSG (Direct Shift Gearbox).

To improve fuel economy and lower emissions, the new Caravelle is now powered by Volkswagen’s latest 2.0-litre common rail turbodiesel engine with power outputs of 140 PS or 180 PS. These are more refined and quieter than those they replace and fully comply with Euro5 emissions standards.

‘I know how stressful travelling with children can be, so completely understand why Jo is so happy with her new Caravelle as I drive one with my own young children,’ said Simon Elliott, Director, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.

‘The Caravelle is only one of the people carriers with lots of seats and space we offer for families or business travel. We also have the more compact Caddy Maxi Life with seven seats, and even offer up to nine seats in the Transporter Shuttle, Transporter window van and Crafter window van,’ he continued.

Full details of the new Caravelle and the range of people carriers range from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles are available by calling 0800 717131 or from

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