Hit the holiday road in fine style, but at a price


Summer is here, the sun is shining so what better time to hit the open road. Forget about the open-top driving and consider high-top driving instead.

VW has the answer in their 2+2 campervan which means you can forget about those hotel and guesthouse bills while getting into close contact with the most scenic locations in hidden Ireland. The California, seen here, is based on the Transporter so it is roomy for two adults and two younger (or lighter) members of the family as the ‘upstairs’ sleeping area has weight restrictions. This area becomes available when the roof is extended to give stand-up room for cooking on the gas rings and using the sink.

There is a coolbox fridge and even a heating system for cold nights that can be operated by remote control so you do not have to leave a cosy double bed. The main sleeping area is made up of the rear seat folding out and there is a stowaway table for in-door dining. The two upfront Captain seats swivel around so that four can dine indoors if the weather turns bad. The two-litre diesel engine is well able for the job and even long Continental holidays for mom and dad would not be a chore. Road holding is good and driven under 100km/h fuel economy is surprisingly good. Equipment includes exterior 220v socket for camping sites, air conditioning and Bluetooth.Camper road tax is just €104 but the sting is in the price – over €58,000 is the on-the-road price.