Prices start at just over £60,000 for the entry-level 'Beach Camper' version - or just over £61,000 for the mid-range 'Beach Tour' variant, both only offered with the 150PS TDI engine. Also using it is a plusher 'Surf' variant, from around £68,000. Many buyers opt for the plushest 'Ocean' variant, which can be had with both engines at prices starting from around £73,000 - though you'll need more if you want the top 199PS 4MOTION variant.
The California can sleep four occupants courtesy of its acclaimed pop-up roof (electro-hydraulic on Ocean models) that neatly integrates a 1.2m x 2m double bed. Ocean models also feature a fully-equipped kitchen, complete with 42-litre refrigerator, twin-burner hob and stainless steel sink unit. Ocean models also gain a dimmable LED lighting system for the pop-up roof and tailgate and a clever multi-functional holder for the rear compartment that incorporates a cup, ashtray and towel holder all in one.
Driver and passenger safety is another area where the California comes fit for purpose. Features include a Driver Alert System, Brake Assist and an Automatic Post-Collision Braking System. Finally, Volkswagen's Automatic Post-Collision Braking System triggers braking after a collision, with the aim of preventing secondary collisions. After a short delay, the vehicle begins a phased braking action down to 6mph, during which the driver can take control at any time.