Volkswagen Grand California review

Volkswagen's new large motorhome has arrived

Pros: Excellent drive, comfortable sleeping area, high quality finish

Cons: Expensive with options, heavy sliding door

One of the best ways to explore Ireland’s scenic countryside has to be with a large motorhome such the all-new Volkswagen Grand California. The six-metre long Grand California is based on Volkswagen’s Crafter van, and it is the brand’s largest motorhome to date. With sleeping quarters for two adults and two small children, a shower and toilet and everything else you might need for an Irish roadtrip or music festival, the Grand California is quite possibly, the perfect portable holiday home.

VW Grand California

Stepping inside, bright interior trim makes it feel airy and spacious inside, with large skylights, wide opening windows, cassette blinds and a new blackout feature for the driver’s area. It is fitted with front swivel seats and a double bench seat in the living area, and a large dining table with enough room for four people to dine together. The kitchen includes a pull-out 70-litre fridge with freezer compartment, a twin-hob gas cooker, a sink and drawers, pull-out storage compartments and tip-up shelves.

Grand California Interior

The bathroom features a toilet and shower, with a fold-out wash basin, shelves with holders for toiletries, various storage areas, towel holders and a skylight for ventilation. The Grand California can also carry up to 110 litres of water on the move. As standard, it’s equipped with a connection at the rear for an external shower, along with an electrically powered step and a two part mosquito net. A high bunk bed for children is also available, while roof-mounted air-conditioning, an awning, a rear bicycle rack and a camping table and chairs are other optional upgrades.

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The Grand California’s standard gas heating system can be upgraded to a heating system powered by gas or diesel-generated electricity. Other options include a roof-mounted solar panel system, a satellite dish for TV and even a WiFi hotspot!

Volkswagen California drivers area

The Grand California is available with the Crafter's various driver safety systems including front assist monitoring,  city emergency braking, lane assist, blind spot monitoring, rear traffic alert, park assist, adaptive cruise control and a reversing camera. The Grand California will also be available to order with all-wheel drive (4MOTION).

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Prices for the new Grand California 600 with the 177bhp diesel engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission, four passenger seats and a four berth sleeping configuration start from €77,600 including design and delivery. A longer 680 version of the Grand California with the same engine and transmission in a two passenger, two berth layout will start from €76,900, while both models are available with 3.9% finance solutions.

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The Grand California is available to order at four Volkswagen Commercial Vehicle centres in Ireland; Frank Keane Volkswagen in Dublin, Blackwater Volkswagen in Cork, Connollys Volkswagen in Sligo and at a new Volkswagen commercial vehicles centre in Dublin . A new Commercial and Life vehicle centre will be appointed in North Dublin soon and it will complete the list of authorised Grand California centres in Ireland.

Test Car Details:

Model driven: Volkswagen Grand California 2.0 TDI 177hp

Prices from: €77,610

Price as tested: €88,325

Annual Motor Tax: €120

Engine:  2.0-litre TDI diesel

Power: 177hp

0-100km/h: 5.7 seconds

Transmission: Eight speed DSG automatic

Body style: Motorhome

Volkswagen Crafter lights

Standard Features:

Reversing camera

Air Con

Grandchild bed above the dinette

California folding chairs integrated into vehicle

Toilet with suction ventilation 

Sockets 230V on rear side  of kitchen cupboard

First Aid & Warning Triangle 

Leather multi-function steering wheel

Cruise control

"Composition'' media with App Connect

Park Distance Control in front and rear

17” Lismore Alloy wheels

Folding mirrors

Gas cooker, 2 hobs

Fold away double bed in rear

Touch sensitive dimmable interior lights

Wireless charging cradle

Various storage compartments

Interior sound insulation measures

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Options on test model

Awning with white housing

SAT equipment for TV reception

Wi-Fi LTE hotspot

Solar system on the roof

Gas heating and hot water cylinder

Metallic paint


Heated seats

Front assist & emergency braking

Lane assist

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