NVS Verdict: Over its previous three generations, the Volkswagen Caddy has been highly regarded for its build quality, high residual values and ride and comfort. Areas where the Volkswagen Caddy traditionally struggled, like safety and fuel economy, have been dramatically improved on the fourth generation which leaves very little to fault.
NEW Volkswagen Caddy
What is it?
The new Caddy is the latest generation of the popular compact van and VW has given this version of the Touran-based model a fresh new look. There is a range of engines and come in two different variants, Caddy and Caddy Maxi. There are more optional extras than on the previous generation including a seven-speed DSG gearbox, 4MOTION four-wheel drive, Bluetooth connectivity, adaptive cornering lights and roof rails.
Trendline specification overview
- RCD 310 - FM/AM radio with single CD player, two speakers, Aux-in socket and optional DAB
- Bluetooth® mobile phone connection - includes multi-function display
- Load-lashing rings (six)
- Driver's seat with height, reach and rake adjustment and passenger seat with reach and rake adjustment
- Rubber floor covering
- Sliding door on the left
- Cruise Control with Multi-function display (Not on EcoFuel or 4Motion)
- Electric pack - electric windows and electrically heated and adjustable mirrors
- Trip computer with multi-function display
- Full height bulkhead - solid
- Heavy-duty suspension
- Sturdy solid build and feel to the vehicle, no rattles or squeaks even after a mountain of miles
- Three engines are available on the Caddy range. These include a 1.2 & 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine and a 102ps & 150psi 2.0TDI diesel engine.
- Standard equipment includes Electronic Stabilisation Programme (ESP), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), traction control, automatic hazard lights activation under emergency braking, driver and front passenger airbags, front side airbags, electronic differential lock, engine drag torque control, daytime running lights, Thatcham immobiliser and alarm
- Caddy measures 3.2 cubic metres, while the Caddy Maxi measures 4.2 cubic metres
- Its hard to really fault the Caddy due to the loyalty of it’s customers.
- Slightly more expensive than some of its competitors, however the resale value being strong makes the depreciation is more palatable
If you want a van to behave and drive like a car then the VW Caddy will prove hard to beat. The after-sales support from VW while running any VW product is amongst the best. Also consider the resale value of Caddy, as it is better than most of the competitors.