Volkswagen Caddy (2015–)

Last updated 20 May 2019

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.
Updated 28 June 2017

Specification improvements and a price reduction announced for Volkswagen Caddy vans. The change delivers higher standard equipment levels, boosted safety features across all models and lower prices...

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Introduction

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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