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Is the Volkswagen Caddy van worth its premium price?

Is the Volkswagen Caddy van worth its premium price? I drive Fiat Doblo for work which is comfortable enough and okay to drive. A Caddy would be double the money. Is it worth that extra on monthly payments ? The Ford Transit Connect looks very stylish but again a lot more money than the Doblo.

Asked on 25 June 2018 by Steven Mcfarlane

Answered by Dan Powell
If you’re happy with your Doblo van then I see no reason to change it. The Caddy is a lot more refined and much more comfortable to drive on the motorway with Volkswagen’s 2.0-litre TDI engine feeling much more at ease at 70mph compared to the Fiat 1.6 diesel. However, when it comes to carrying capacity the standard Doblo has 3.4 cubic metres rising to 5.0 cubic metres in the high roof model - in comparison the Caddy provides 3.2 – 4.2. If you value car-like comfort then the Volkswagen would be worth paying more for.

In my opinion the Transit Connect is the best small van on sale right now. Admittedly, it doesn’t offer as much practicality as the Doblo – the Ford provides 2.6 - 4.4 cubic metres – but it’s the best to drive and the most comfortable over long distances. Running costs are also affordable and Econetic versions of the 1.5 TDCI promise 70mpg according to the official figures. If I was going to spend more on a new van, I'd choose the Ford over anything else that's on sale right now.

For our round-up of all of the best small vans, see: vans.honestjohn.co.uk/van-top-10s/top-10-small-van.../
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Good value. Comfortable on the move. Impressive diesel engines. Big improvement on old Doblo. Available as a dropside.
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