Trim & equipment
For what is fundamentally a commercial vehicle, the T5 is impressively specced with ABS, stability control and front airbags on virtually all models. Needless to say, panel vans ordered for commercial use will have fewer luxuries than the later passenger-oriented models, so expect plain black plastic bumpers rather than the more attractive colour-coded body panels. That said, the Caravelle front bumper assembly costs £350, so you can always swap it over and have it painted.
As far as we are concerned, the minimum requirement for equipment is air-conditioning and a passenger airbag, although be aware that cold air will only be available at the front on early low-spec models. You will have to buy a higherspec Caravelle, or go much newer, to get the more sophisticated dual-zone climate control set-up. If you have passengers in the back, rear side airbags are desirable, but you will need to go to for a newer model to get them. Sportline and Highline models have the addition of smart alloy wheels, as well as electric folding mirrors and tinted glass. As for desirable options, captain’s swivel front seats are high on the list, as are double sliding side doors – that’s unless you want to carry out a camper conversion.
There was a long- and a shortwheelbase T5. The shorter van is better looking and will fit in tighter parking spaces, but if room inside is important – say, if you’re planning a camper conversion – then opt for a LWB.