Volkswagen Caddy (2010–2015)

Last updated 20 December 2017

High quality interior, refined and comfortable making it ideal for both long and short work, impressive TDI engines are punchy yet frugal, ESP as standard.
Entry-level 1.6 TDI model can feel underpowered when full laden, narrow load area compared to rivals, rivals have a bigger payload.
Updated 2 September 2014
Caddy Black Edition introduced

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Introduction

The Volkswagen Caddy may have started life as a pick-up but these days it's one of the best small vans around. The current version isn't technically new but rather a thorough overhaul of the 2003 model with a new look and a high quality interior. In terms of comfort and refinement, there's little else this size that can match the Caddy aside from the latest Ford Transit Connect.

Alongside the standard Caddy is a long wheebase version, the Caddy Maxi, but both are powered by the same engines - either a 1.6 TDI or a 2.0 TDI - the latter of which is also available with 4Motion four-wheel drive which is handy if you're going to be tackling more tricky conditions. Stick a set of winter tyres on when it turns cold and the Caddy 4Motion should prove great in the snow and ice.

Both these TDI engines - in their various power outputs - are common rail diesels which means they are far quieter and smoother than the older PD engines that the previous Caddy used. They are also Euro 5 compliant and available with Volkswagen's DSG automatic gearbox alongside the standard manual transmission. The most economical Caddy is the BlueMotion Technology with the 102PS version of the 1.6 TDI - it has an official economy figure of 55.4mpg.

In terms of practicality the Caddy is starting to show its age. The load area of both is narrower than many rivals and although you can fit a Euro pallet in, it has to go lengthways rather than widthways. The side door openings could also be bigger to make access easier. That said overall load volumes are good on paper with 3.2m3 for the Caddy and 4.2m3 for the Maxi. Payloads have increased and now range from 681kg to 766kg although that's still not as high as alternatives like the Ford Transit Connect.

Used Buying Guide - Volkswagen Caddy

A classy, well specified, fine driving van, the Caddy is a great used buy. However, there are a few well-known faults that you have to look out for when buying used, with DSG automatic gearboxes and EGR valves being problematic and costly to repair. 

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