Review: Volkswagen Caddy (2015 – 2021)
Impressive 2.0 TDI engine, excellent refinement,
A thorough revamp rather than an all-new van, cargo area is still limited compared to the competition.
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Volkswagen Caddy (2015 – 2021): At A Glance
- On average it achieves 82% of the official MPG figure
The new fourth generation Caddy may appear to be just a facelifted model at first glance, but Volkswagen has made some significant changes beyond the aesthetics. An all-new interior further bolsters the Caddy’s position of being one of the best in its class when it comes to quality and driver comfort.
Despite a familiar silhouette it is only the cargo area that has remained largely the same, mainly so that existing owners will be able to transfer any specific interior fit-outs with ease.
As with its predecessor the Volkswagen Caddy is available in standard and long wheelbase - called the Caddy Maxi - versions, both of which are available with a number of rear-door options. Most buyers will opt for the standard front-wheel drive model, though for those who venture into more remote locations the Caddy is also available with 4Motion all-wheel drive.
There is a choice of four diesel engines in the Caddy range, all 2.0 TDI units. Power outputs range from the entry-level 75PS through to 102PS and 122PS, right up to a range-topping 150PS version. Depending on power output the Caddy comes equipped with either a five or six-speed manual gearbox as standard, while there's an optional automatic DSG. The Caddy has also been sold with a broad range of 1.0, 1.2 and 1.4 TSI petrol engines.
All engines are Euro 6 compliant, thanks in part to AdBlue technology, and come equipped with Volkswagen’s BlueMotion systems to help reduce fuel consumption. According to official figures the 102PS van is the most efficient Caddy, returning an official 72.3mpg, while emissions are rated at just 99g/km.
In standard form the Caddy can carry a cargo load of up to 3.2 cubic metres while the Caddy Maxi can carry up to 4.2 cubic metres - both can accommodate a Euro pallet lengthways. That's the same as before which means the Caddy still lags behind the competition when it comes to outright carrying ability. The Transit Connect is easier to load and has a bigger payload.
In comparison to some of its rivals the Caddy does carry a price premium but it’s easy to see just where the Volkswagen rises above the rest when it comes to quality and refinement.
Driven: Volkswagen Caddy 1.4 TSI petrol
The petrol version of the Caddy is quiet, refined and packed with torque. It will also shift over 600kg, which makes it a great non-diesel alternative for those who only cover short distances on a daily basis.
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Volkswagen Caddy (2015 – 2021): What's It Like Inside?
The load area of this new fourth-generation Caddy has remained the same as its predecessor, which will be good news to those who might want to transfer an existing storage setup.
The standard van can take a load volume of up to 3.2m3 while the Caddy Maxi can swallow up to 4.2cubic metres. There are two asymmetrical doors at the rear that open to 90 degrees and can be unlatched to a further 180 degrees.
On the passenger side there is one sliding door with a 700mm opening and if required a second sliding door can be specified. It is possible to order a single tailgate too, but it quite large and isn’t as practical to use especially when in tighter spaces.
Inside, there are six lashing rings (eight in the Caddy Maxi) and the addition of new solid axles has meant that the maximum payload is 736kg. It doesn’t make it the class leader - the Transit Connect will shift up to 1000kg - but the Caddy is a good all-rounder .
The space between the wheelarches can handle objects up to 1172mm although there is no high roof option. A further ‘Flex-Seat’ option on the passenger side gives the ability to fold it into the floor to increase the overall load length to 3070mm.
What's the Volkswagen Caddy (2015 – 2021) like to drive?
Volkswagen’s base 75PS engine offers reasonable performance with 225Nm of torque though a five-speed manual gearbox limits its ability at motorway speeds. This engine is best suited to those who generally stick to urban routes and don’t have the need to transport very heavy loads.
The 102PS 2.0 TDI Caddy, with its 250Nm of torque, offers a better blend of performance and economy, returning 67.2mpg with emissions of 109g/km. It pulls well and delivers decent power and overall drivability.
The 122PS engine exclusively comes with the 4Motion all-wheel drive system, making the Caddy feel particularly surefooted on the road. The top 150PS engine is the one to go for if a lot of towing is on the cards. Its 340Nm of torque arrives at 1,750rpm thus ensuring enough pulling power to haul up to 1,500kg. Unhitched from a load this engine gives the Caddy a top speed of 125mph and a 0-62mph time of 9.2 seconds, illustrating its performance.
Volkswagen added petrol-powered to the Caddy line-up in 2015 with buyers getting the option of the three-cylinder 1.0 TSI with 102PS, alongside the 84PS 1.2 and 125PS 1.4-litre engines.
The 1.4TSI that stands out as the best petrol Caddy option, with superb refinement and torque. In terms of price and performance it’s similar to the 102PS 2.0-litre TDI diesel and comes very close to matching the 2.0 diesel for torque (250Nm), with 220Nm available from 1500rpm. Admittedly, its official 47.9mpg is short on the diesel’s 61.4mpg, but the Caddy still has plenty of appeal for van drivers who cover short distances.
One of the most appealing factors about the Caddy is how well it drives, feeling much more like a passenger car than a van. Revisions to the suspension setup both front and rear further enhance this. Even when on less well-paved tarmac and without carrying a load, the Caddy holds the road well when others can feel unsettled. The steering is well weighted, while in traffic a light clutch pedal and short throw when changing gears makes it less tiresome to drive. A well-insulated cabin that feels spacious further complements this.
Thanks to great all-round visibility and generously-sized side mirrors the Volkswagen is easy to navigate around narrow streets while a good turning circle helps its manoeuvrability - even in the case of the Caddy Maxi’s longer wheelbase. The new Caddy also now comes with cruise control and a speed limiter as standard.
The cabin has received a complete redesign and features higher quality materials across all four trim grades. There are also numerous storage areas throughout the cabin including an overhead shelf. On top of all that, it is now the only van in its segment to offer both driver and passenger front airbags along with side and curtain airbags.
Real MPG average for a Volkswagen Caddy (2015 – 2021)
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