Volkswagen Caddy Cargo (2021–)

Model History

October 2020

Volkswagen Caddy Cargo priced from £17,800

Pricing for the new Volkswagen Caddy Cargo has been announced, with the fifth-generation van starting from £17,800. Available from launch in standard and Maxi wheelbases, order books will open in December.

The new Caddy, which has been redesigned from the ground up, offers increased space, efficient engine options, additional driver assistance systems to improve safety and a new connected Digital Cockpit and infotainment system to turn the vehicle into a smartphone on wheels.

Caddy will initially launch in the UK with two wheelbase options – standard and Maxi – with three trim levels. The panel van variant will now be known as the Caddy Cargo, and the passenger carrying versions, simply the Caddy.

The standard Caddy measures 4500 mm in length, an increase of 93mm over the previous model. The wheelbase has also grown by 73mm to 2755mm.

The load space width is up 57mm to 1613mm with the distance between the wheelarches increasing by 60 mm to 1,230 mm and the rear opening by 51mm to 1234 mm. The additional size means a Euro pallet can now be carried sideways in the back of the cargo space. The storage capacity of the standard wheelbase Caddy is 3.1 m 3 (as per the SAE V6 standard).

The new Caddy Maxi offers even more space (3.7 m 3 ) and has a 215 mm longer wheelbase, offering enough room for up to two Euro pallets.

New options include power-latching side doors and tailgate, LED headlights and LED rear lights plus new metallic paint finishes.

Five driver assistance systems are new to the fifth-generation Caddy, taking the total to 19. New systems include Travel Assist, which delivers assisted driving across the full speed range, while Trailer Assist is available on Caddy for the first time. In addition to the new technology, the Caddy’s existing assistance systems have been significantly expanded and updated with new functions. New Caddy also features eSIM technology as standard, which means the vehicle can automatically make eCalls to emergency services in the event of an accident.

Three diesel and one petrol engine option are available from UK launch.

The 2.0 TDI offers outputs of 75, 102 and 122PS, with a new twin dosing system providing a double dose of AdBlue to help significantly reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emission levels compared to the previous model.

The 1.5 TSI petrol option produces 114PS and is equipped with Active Cylinder Technology as standard. This temporarily deactivates two of the four cylinders at light engine loads to save fuel.

All engines fulfil the 2021 Euro 6 emissions standards and are fitted with particulate filters. Fuel consumption has been reduced by up to 10 per cent on previous generation.

The 75PS and 102 PS models will be equipped with a 6-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel drive as standard, while the 2.0 TDI 122 PS and 1.5 TSI 114 PS are offered with the option of a seven-speed DSG. 4MOTION four-wheel drive is available on 2.0 TDI 122 PS variants.

The fifth-generation Caddy features a completely overhauled cabin. The dashboard and controls have been redesigned while a new Digital Cockpit is now available as an option.

All models get a touchscreen infotainment system, between 6.5 and 10 inches, with range-topping models offering a larger 10-inch Discover Media satellite navigation system. For the first time, Caddy is equipped with an ‘always connected’, integrated eSIM, which allows infotainment systems to be prepared to access mobile online services and functions of ‘We Connect’.

The interior also gets new switchgear including electronic handbrake with auto hold function, lighting and audio controls. Electric windows, height adjustable-driving seat and a new multi-function steering wheel are also standard across the range.

Caddy Cargo prices range from £17,800 for the entry-level 1.5 TSI 114 PS model to £26,850 for the 2.0 TDI 122 PS 4MOTION Maxi version.

Mid-level models, which start at £19,275 RRP, introduce electronically controlled air conditioning system, body coloured bumpers and rear parking sensors, along with power adjustable lumbar support for the driver’s seat and leather multi-function steering wheel.

Range-topping Caddy Cargo models, from £22,075, add Discover Media satellite navigation, front and rear parking sensors, anti-theft alarm system, power folding exterior mirrors, LED rear tail lights and alloy wheels.

Fifth-generation Caddy will open for order in December, with first UK deliveries expected at the end of Q1 2021.

March 2021

Volkswagen Caddy California priced from £29,965

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has announced pricing for the new Caddy California, starting from £29,965, with order books for the compact camper open from late-May.

The Caddy California completes Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ camper line-up and stands alongside the T6.1-based California and Crafter-based Grand California, meaning the brand which invented the original iconic campervan now has a touring model for every budget, every journey and every adventure.

The compact camper, based on the award-winning fifth-generation Caddy, is a unique offering within the camping segment enabling variable living, sleeping and storage space for everyday life and travelling.

It features a new, foldable bed (1,980mm x 1,070mm), with cup springs and high-quality mattress, that is stored in the parcel shelf and opens out above the rear seats. There is seating for five, with the second row entirely removable for complete flexibility while a standalone tail-tent providing additional living space and sleeping compartment is available as an accessory.

A retractable mini-kitchen is included as standard, extending from the rear with single-burner cooker and integrated gas bottle. Clever and practical stowage compartments house cutlery, and California camper chairs and camper table. Interior blinds for the rear windows double up as window storage bags. Light is provided from integrated LED reading lights in the passenger compartment and tailgate.

Air conditioning, power-adjustable wing mirrors and anti-theft alarm are included as standard. While both front seats feature manual height and lumbar adjustment. In addition, the compact camper is packed with driver assistance technology such as Driver Alert system, Lane Assist, Cruise Control including Speed limiter, Front Assist, and towing protection.

Caddy California offers App-Connect, allowing users to access their apps on their phone quickly and easily, alongside Volkswagen Commercial Vehicle’s Composition Media system with 8.25-inch colour touch screen, Bluetooth, DAB, and six audio speakers. Standard specification also includes black roof rails and 16-inch alloy wheels.

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is also offering a high-value California Plus pack for those wanting a few extra home comforts while camping. Priced from £960*, the option pack includes a front centre armrest with space for two drinks, a 230V inverter and three-pin UK domestic plug socket, dark tinted rear glass, 2 USB points, power latching on all doors to avoid waking your camping neighbours at night and LED rear combination lights.

Prices for the standard Caddy California start from £29,965 for the entry-level SWB 1.5 TSI 114 PS powertrain and manual gearbox, with the 2.0 TDI 122 PS 7-speed DSG automatic variant priced at £34,699. The Caddy California is also available in Maxi size, priced from £31,285 for the 1.5 TSI 114 PS engine and manual gearbox, with the range-topping 2.0 TDI 122 PS 7-speed DSG automatic priced from £36,019.

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