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Volkswagen Caravelle mid wheelchair user position side lift WAV from Southern Mobility Vehicles

Iconic, yes, that’s the word for the VW Caravelle or the lesser specification Transporter. Both models have lost their van image, and that has taken a few years, and some upgrading of specification and a suitable platform of engine power output variants have all helped. Petrol engines are still not plentiful, but the Volkswagen marque does tend to be synonymous with diesel and, of course, their legendary DSG, Direct Shift Gearbox or as we tend to refer to it, an automatic.

Not all VW Caravelle and Transporter conversions are equal and are certainly not ideal for every wheelchair user. A drive from a wheelchair, wheelchair passenger upfront, switch conversions, and rear wheelchair user positions are all possible in the Caravelle and Transporter. Flat floor conversions will almost always have a lift; sometimes, these can be under the vehicle floor below the nearside rear sliding door. More often, they are internally positioned at the rear of the vehicle. The preferred lift option will be decided by several factors, which are best discussed because a mistake based on preference is still a mistake, practicality rules for which conversion style and type works best. It lends itself exceptionally well to many conversion variations with both flat and lowered floor conversions.

Focussing on the underfloor side entry lift conversion, we can tell you that the maximum entry height through the side door of any flat floor Caravelle or Transporter for a wheelchair user is pretty much the same as coming through the car’s rear once it’s converted to a WAV. Internally there is more headroom, though. By making this clear, hopefully, this becomes the first part of any decision-making process; if the wheelchair user is taller than the entry point, we’d not recommend it; it is as simple as that. So, you’d need to look at the lowered floor conversions available for the Caravelle; we can help with your decision-making process, so feel free to make contact with us.

The level floor underfloor side lift conversion means some key preferred attributes to a Caravelle can be retained. Firstly a level floor maintains more of the car’s original integrity, allowing the VW floor tracking to be used for the setas (particularly the flexibility of any captain’s seats present) and the much-loved rock and roll VW rear bench seat. The table also, if present, can be used. With a rear lift, it is not possible to have the back bench seat in place. Having the rear bench seat means you retain rear luggage space, and with the rear bench seat being on track, it can be moved forwards and backwards.

Retaining the bench seat means three seats, plus any central seat on the offside can either be kept in the vehicle or removed to suit. Side entry underfloor lifts also allow easier access to the front seat position of a Caravelle or Transporter. This means a wheelchair user can drive from their wheelchair or sit next to the driver as a passenger. Neither journey from outside the vehicle is particularly arduous. Still, larger wheelchairs can sometimes struggle with access and turning inside the side underfloor lift conversions, so always best to try before buying.

There are many seating variations available in the flat floor conversion, and much depends on the original seating specification of the car. It is possible to replace the two third-row single seats in a Caravelle with tracking for a rock and roll seat but do take advice on this; of course, this is not advisable on a WAV with a rear lift.

SMV conclusion: the Caravelle is one of the most popular larger WAVs available to the wheelchair user marketplace with a good variety of interior seating styles, specification levels, engine outputs, and they are also available as a manual and the ofter preferred DSG auto gearbox. The array of conversion possibilities can be a little intimidating, so please ask us to help decide the best one to suit the wheelchair user in your life.

Why not give Southern Mobility Vehicles a call if this WAV isn’t quite right for you. We are independent WAV advisors, so you will get the best of all worlds, whatever your wheelchair access needs are. Whether you are looking for a new Motability WAV, a Nearly New Motability WAV, short term hire, or an outright purchase, we are the WAV dealer to call first. We are here to help; we know how hard it is to be confident you are buying the right mobility vehicle for your needs.

Accessibility Experience
  • As close to a standard vehicle as you can get in a wheelchair accessible vehicle
  • Discreet easy to use side underfloor cassette lift for easy access
  • Wheelchair position next to nearside sliding door
  • An ideal accessible family car with six standard manufacturer seats
  • Superior forward and all-round better vision for most wheelchair users
  • Isofix present on second-row outer seats for baby & toddler seats
  • Seating flexibility would suit a growing family
  • Rear second row captain’s seats for forward or rear-facing seated passenger travel
  • Rear third-row rock and roll seat for multiple uses as well as three seated passengers
  • A rare to find rear closeted boot space with substantial storage space
Driver and passenger experience
  • Seat upholstery: synthetic suede and leather
  • Automatic air conditioning with three climate control zones and rear controls
  • Electrically heated windscreen
  • Driver and passenger seat: captain's type, heated
  • Front electric windows with one-touch on two windows
  • Engine start/stop
  • Leather covered multi-function steering wheel with tilt adjustment and telescopic adjustment
  • Side and 3rd row side manual blind
  • Front and rear wheels: 17 inch two-tone alloy rims ; width: 7.0 inches
  • Four disc brakes including four ventilated discs
  • Turbo-charger
  • Independent strut front suspension with anti-roll bar and coil springs, independent trailing arm rear suspension with anti-roll bar and coil springs
  • Transmission: 7-speed dual clutch manual sequentional with automatic mode featuring gear lever mounted on the dash
  • Hill holder
  • Illuminated driver and passenger vanity mirror
  • Alloy trim on doors and alloy look gearknob
  • Centre armrest between front seats
  • Centre armrest between rear seats
  • Rear air conditioning
  • Auxiliary heater
  • Electric boot/hatch pull down
  • Automatic door pull shut on boot/hatch
  • Storage compartment under rear seat
  • Secondary ventilation controls with digital display for front passenger and rear passengers
  • Automatic hazard lights
  • Steering wheel mounted remote audio controls
  • Six speakers
  • Audio system with digital media card reader, touch screen and CD player that reads MP3 CDs ; radio receives AM/FM, digital and RDS colour screen
  • 12v power outlet located in cargo section, front section and rear section
  • Front and rear reading lights
  • Cup holders for front seats and rear seats
  • Bluetooth includes phone connection and music streaming
  • Connections for USB (front) and auxiliary audio devices (front)
  • Analogue & digital dashboard
  • Single 5.0 inch touch sensitive multi-function display screen(s)
  • Halogen low beam halogen high beam headlights with complex surface lenses
  • Headlight controlsystems: dusk sensor and height adjustment
  • Privacy glass on the rear window and on the rear side windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Day time running lights
  • Body colour power door mirrors ; heated
  • Rain sensing windscreen wipers
  • Electronic traction control
  • Drivers airbag, passengers airbag with de-activation switch
  • Stability controlsystem
  • Electronic brake distribution
  • Brake assist system
  • Low tyre pressure indicator
  • Collision warning system which activates brake lights and includes brake assist, driver monitor and visual/acoustic warning
  • Lane departure warningsystem
  • Anti-theft protection with interior monitoring
  • Cruise control
  • Particle filter system
  • Ventilation system with digital display and air filter
  • Cornering lights/kerb illumination
  • Tinted glass
  • LED brake lights, day time running lights and rear lights
  • Heated washers
  • Roll stability control

Please note that some vehicles specification may not match the manufacturer supplied information due to the nature of vehicles being converted for wheelchair accessibility. Please ask us to check anything that is important to you.

Our exclusive and comprehensive Autoguard Nationwide All Mechanical and All Electrical Premium Warranty and Breakdown Assist cover always runs for 3 years and includes:

Full Breakdown Assist to include Roadside Recovery, Onward Travel, Home Start and Accident recovery

Unlimited Number of Warranty Claims on unlimited mileage

Maximum individual claim limit of £2400 including VAT

Breakdown & Recovery 24 Hours a Day/365 Days a Year 

Key WAV component cover Included

Parts and Labour are included

Continental warranty repair cover

A Free Downloadable Autoguard Contract Holder App

Transferable to a New Owner if sold Privately


Our warranty also covers you for - In Car Entertainment Systems, Air Conditioning, Driver Interface Systems, EGR Valves, Catalytic Converter and Fuel Injectors, Misfuelling Cover and Broken or Lost Key Cover 

For new WAVs you will get our exclusive and comprehensive WAV only warranty to run alongside your manufacturer’s warranty

Your Warranty & Rescue booklet

We have partnered with disability insurance specialists, Fish Insurance, who can offer Disability Car Insurance policies specifically to cover disabled drivers, adapted cars, and WAVs.

Options for any driver cover, as well as policies for non-drivers, so you can insure the vehicle in your name and it be driven by yourself, family, friends, or carers

Cover for the repair and replacement of adaptations to your car that you’ve told Fish about

Free courtesy car while your car is being repaired at one of Fish’s approved garages (or up to £700 mobility allowance if a suitable car isn’t available)

If your car is stolen, any settlement will take into account any modifications that you’ve told Fish about

Cover for accidental damage to other people’s property or injury to others up to £20m (and up to £5m per claim)

Lifetime guarantee on repairs. If you maintain the vehicle to the manufacturer’s schedule, any repairs carried out by approved repairers are guaranteed while you own the car

Protection up to £2,500 for wheelchairs or other mobility aids being transported in your car

To get a tailored quote, call 0333 331 3869 and quote code 2487.

As with any policy, limits and exclusions apply. For full details of the cover provided by Fish Insurance, click here.

Southern Mobility Vehicles ltd is an Introducer Appointed Representative of Fish Administration Limited. Fish Insurance is a trading style of Fish Administration Ltd. Fish Administration Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, Firm Reference Number 310172. Fish Administration Ltd is registered in England & Wales. Company Registration Number 4214119. Registered Office: Rossington’s Business Park, West Carr Road, Retford, Nottinghamshire, DN22 7SW. Fish Administration Ltd is part of the PIB Group.

Height 1950mm
Width 1904mm
Length 4904mm
Fuel Consumption
Combined MPG 47.1
Extra Urban MPG 50.4
Urban Cold MPG 42.2
Power (BHP) 148
Maximum Speed (mph) 112
Torque (Nm) 340
Engine and Drivetrain
Cylinders 4
Driven Axle FRONT
Engine Capacity (cc) 1968
Forward Gears 7
Emissions (CO2) 158
Engine Euro Status 6
Seats 6
More information
  • Euro NCAP crash test results: Overall: 4.00, Adult occupant: 79.00, Child occupant: 74.00, Pedestrian: 32.00, Safety assist: 57.00, Version tested: Volkswagen T5 Transporter Kombi 4dr CC, Date tested: 27 Nov 2013
  • Power: (from primary fuel) 110 kW , 150 HP EEC @ 3,250 rpm; , 340 Nm @ 1,500 rpm
  • External dimensions: 4,904mm long, 1,904mm wide, 1,950mm high, 178mm ground clearance, 3,000mm wheelbase, 1,628mm front track, 1,628mm rear track, 11,900mm turning circle (wall to wall), 193.1 inches long, 75.0 inches wide, 76.8 inches high, 7.0 inch ground clearance, 118.1 inch wheelbase, 64.1 inch front track and 64.1 inch rear track

Please note that some vehicles specification may not match the manufacturer supplied information due to the nature of vehicles being converted for wheelchair accessibility. Please ask us to check anything that is important to you.

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