You can have your Caddy California based on either standard or larger Maxi versions of the ordinary Caddy. Most will want the bigger option. In everyday format, this Caddy California will function just like any normal 5-seat family hatch - you might even find its twin sliding doors more convenient. It's the only one of its kind though, that can provide fully fledged weekend accommodation, courtesy of a full-sized double bed. That isn't cobbled together perching you uncomfortably on folded rows of seats either. A proper three-part folding bed unit featuring a mattress with plastic cups springs sits neatly in the boot and when needed, it unfolds to sit above the folded rear seats. Measuring 1,980 x 1,070mm, it's longer and almost as wide as a standard small double mattress. And if you option your Caddy California with the extra cost enormous panoramic glass roof, you can lie in it and look at the stars.
You can't have everything of course. There's no room for the toilet you'd get on bigger California models, so you'll need the amenities of a campsite. And no space for a fridge either, though a 12V socket just inside the tailgate allows you to bring one along. But this Caddy can include an standard kitchenette - found in a slide-out drawer beneath the boot floor and including a burner hob, storage space for a gas bottle and a cutlery drawer and shelf. There's also space for a storage bag with two chairs and a table - also standard. And you can add in a huge side awning, creating a large lounge area and into which a bedroom pod can be zipped in, turning your California from a 2-berth to a 4-berth conveyance.
At the wheel, it is of course just like any other Caddy, which means you get Volkswagen's latest infotainment screen and the option of digital dash tech.