VW ID. First Drive | Fully Charged 2017 Volkswagen California Luxury 2 days ago   15:22

An extraordinary offer came through, 'D'you want to drive the VW ID test vehicle in South Africa next week?'
Took a bit of arranging but we managed, and it was worth it. Amazing car, amazing country, minimal information about either but you can read this for a bit more info:

[Some additional footage provided by Volkswagen]

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Matthew Knobel
Can you find out and verify when this car is to hit the market in the US. I am getting conflicting information that the Crozz is coming first or will the ID and Crozz come out at the same time.
I will probably never own a VW. I haven't yet and I'm 66 years old. The brand does not appeal to me. It didn't even before the diesel scandal, and my opinion only went further down because of it. They've produced enough EV press releases for it to have become a meme, and still nothing for the road. The dirty little secret is that they're making half of their EV investments in China, the other half in Germany, nothing in the USA or elsewhere. That's probably how they expect their sales to go too; at least, that's how they should expect their sales to go.

VW sales are dismal in the USA. If they want to do better they're going to have to become more American. Fahrvergnügen was a disastrous ad campaign from my point of view. I have no desire to become even a little bit German or learn what even one ridiculously long German word means. I also wasn't pleased to see the driver reduced to a stick figure. German cars are overengineered to the point of being pointlessly complex, finicky to tune and difficult and expensive to maintain. And they're uncomfortable on American roads with hard seats and stiff suspensions. VW is typical of the genre.
Omer Oguz
Looks like Prius 2 gen
blathering philosophy. RANGE, PRICE, COMPETITIVE DIFFERENCES. thumbs down.
Expensive !
Abbas Hamiti
Nissan Leaf copy, nothing new at all.
Popescu George Bogdan
Thank you Tesla, thank you Elon. You have my respect for what you have done so far. I hope you will survive and build our future for ever. Long live Tesla!! Long live Elon Musk!!
This is the first electric car I am truly interested in. I have only ever owned VR6s previously, and I was disappointed with the changes VW made in the Mk5 and Mk6 years, but somehow this seems to be the electric car for me.
A car that is always on - connected to the internet. In other words, a state spy. No thanks!
This will likely be my first car.
Father Sun
Yikes looked like they went with the Tablet being glued to the dash board - I don't like the look of that. wish that trend would die out
If they can get this at an affordable everyday price in 2020 I could be looking at this.
Matthew Wolf
I'd rather have a tesla
Carl Deithloff
A new E-Golf, if you will.
angelo davis
Take my money
Smile Receive
500 miles range😁😁. Hitler would be so happy. Never underestimate the Germans. They will crush Tesla.
Mihai Mera
I'm sorry but I have to make a rant about this.
This VW dude starts telling the other dude about how the car has CO2 for the AC, and the dude making the video obviously has no idea what the VW dude just tried to tell him, and that's OK. What is not OK is the VW dude automatically dropping it, making no attempt to explain.
What he meant to say is that the AC in the car uses CO2 for the refrigerant, a gas that is non toxic and that does not deplete the ozone layer. The VW dude should have explained that, the public is not too dumb to understand this. I see many companies treating the public like idiots and this feels extremely antiquated and counter productive.
Seem U
There must be lots of bots in this comment section. We dont even know the specs, interior, or the exterior design to an extent... and everyone is saying its their first car and better than model 3. Wtf?
2:08 Internals can be seen!!! Seems like the dash has an infotainment screen like the Tesla Model 3 and some sort of gauge cluster as normal cars have but may be another screen display. Interesting, can't wait! 2:30 Shows it might be a connected display!
Whaaat !!! You have already driven it !!! Luckyyyy !
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2017 Volkswagen California Luxury VW ID. First Drive | Fully Charged 2 days ago   06:53

Volkswagen California T6 review
New Volkswagen camper is better than ever, but the high price will put some off

That huge number is the single most off-putting thing about the California, but to set up camp early, we’ll say already that this latest T6 generation model very nearly justifies the price tag – it’s very good indeed.
If you’re familiar with the T5 California (or indeed the Transporter), you may already have noted a striking familiarity about all this. If you haven’t – there really is one. That’s because the T6 Transporter van was developed along an “if it ain’t broke” policy, so Volkswagen kept all the fixed points of the chassis, most of the body panels and the internal dimensions exactly the same.

That extends to the California’s internal fittings, meaning the little kitchenette in this T6 Ocean model is basically the same as the T5’s was, just with a couple of extra rails and cup holders. There have been tweaks to the front and rear exterior styling, but the real work went into improving overall refinement, ride quality and cabin flair, and adding more of the technology that makes Volkswagen’s passenger cars so alluring.

For a start, the California gets Euro-6 emissions-compliant diesel engines, meaning economy is improved and CO2 emissions lowered across the range. So, while the 138bhp 2.0 TDI T5 California averaged 39.2mpg, this T6 equivalent, with 10bhp more, returns 44.1mpg.

More than that, all the new engines contribute to an overall sense of refinement bordering on remarkable for what is essentially a diesel van. All three available engines are 2.0-litre TDI diesel units, but outputs are 100bhp, 148bhp or 201bhp – the last of those being the most powerful ever put into a VW van.

But actually, pound-for-pound it’s the 100bhp engine that’s the most impressive, because Volkswagen has tuned it in the spirit of the old Pumpe Duse diesels from the Mk IV Golf era, concentrating all the torque in a thin band near the bottom of the rev range, so there’s instant, flexible pickup.

On that basis the 201bhp engine doesn’t feel twice as powerful, although there’s no denying its turn of pace. As ever, though, the middling 148bhp diesel is the best overall, superbly subdued at lower revs, far punchier than its 14.2-second 0-62mph sprint suggests, and silkily smooth – for a diesel, anyway. All California models are available with a seven-speed DSG automatic, while the two higher-powered engines can be specified with 4Motion four-wheel drive.

Despite an overarching sense that little has changed from the T5 California to the T6, that’s not exactly a fair assessment – Volkswagen counts 6,000 changes from the T5 Transporter to the T6, all of which carry over to the California. They just happen to be mostly suspension, engine and technology improvements, most of which you can feel rather than see.

And in this case, familiarity is no bad thing, especially rearward of the front seats, where the California is really easy to use: the roof can be popped up and the rear bench turned into a double bed in no time at all, which is especially appeasing on a wet, dark field in the middle of the night.

The main change at the front is the addition of a ‘premium’ cabin, standard with Ocean models but not available with Beach (these are the only two trim levels). It results in a significant upward ambience shift, dotted with glossy surfaces and soft-closing compartments – but unfortunately still none of the soft-touch surfaces that make certain Volkswagens feel so premium, and that you might expect to see in something of this price.

Without this cabin, the van-like driver ergonomics and open storage compartments conspire to make Beach models feel less a luxurious MPV and more a tarted-up van. Beach models don't feel as good as their high price suggests they might - it costs from £37,657.

Ocean specification, formerly known as SE, is the Camper we’re all familiar with, complete with twin gas hobs, a sink, a fridge and a full suite of wood veneered storage units. It seats four, sleeps four (its pop-up roof is electrically operated), and comes with a side awning for outside shelter from the rain – a standard feature on UK Beach models, too. Prices for the California Ocean begin at £47,840.
And while it’s true that both of those prices look high, in both cases the specification sheet at least justifies some of the expense. All come with Bluetooth, DAB digital radio, climate control (three-zone in the Ocean), alloy wheels, LED taillights and an auxiliary heater to stave off the midnight chill.

Key specs
Price: £47,840
Engine: 2.0-litre 4cyl TDI
Transmission: 6-speed manual, front-wheel drive
Power/torque: 148bhp/ 340Nm

0-62mph: 14.2 seconds
Top speed: 111mph
CO2: 169g/km
On sale: August 2015
Read More http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/volkswagen/california/92297/volkswagen-california-t6-review

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