We have three children and wanted a big car which enabled us to be able to take extra passengers at times. The caravelle has two seats in the front, two cabin seats in the second row (these can be turned around to face forwards or backwards or removed completely), and a sliding bench seat to seat three adults in the third row.
The car is easy to drive...a dream in fact! It has presence on the road, and visibility is excellent. Parking can prove tight in ordinary parking spaces, but because the back doors slide open down the length of the van, there is no danger of kids banging doors on other cars parked closely.
We have used our caravelle to sleep in...you can buy lots of extra kit to make it really usable...insulated window blinds, cooker/sink unit etc and as keen campers, it holds all of our gear in the boot when we take out the cabin seats, meaning children travelling under cool boxes, pillows and windbreakers are a distant memory!
Our van is still under warranty being only 2 years old. We have had no major problems with it at all...servicing is fairly reasonable, but it is pretty heavy on diesel(much of my driving is short distances in slow traffic). Motorway trips are much more economical.
The caravelle is the best car I have ever owned...its cool, safe, classy and super practical.
There is an added bonus of many other VW owners giving you a smile and a wave whilst you're driving around, making the trip to work just that bit more fun! ;oD