Volkswagen Caddy MPV Review 2024

Volkswagen Caddy MPV At A Glance


+Larger and more practical than before, cabin feels like a Volkswagen Golf's, easy to drive with plenty of safety tech.

-No electric or hybrid models from launch, high-spec, Caddy Life is on the pricey side.

The Volkswagen Caddy is a versatile van-based people carrier that pitches itself as a trendier alternative to the Citroen Berlingo and Ford Tourneo Connect. The latest 2021 model share a platform with cars like the Volkswagen Golf and Audi A3, meaning it's more car-like than ever before.

That means it's really easy to drive, with an incredibly tight turning circle and soft suspension that isn't easily upset by broken road surfaces. Refinement is brilliant, too – the Caddy will happily sit at motorway speeds with only a bit of wind and road noise disturbing the peace.

Buyers can pick from a range of petrol and diesel engines, although hybrid technology is yet to arrive. We rate the 1.5-litre TSI for its relaxed nature, although the 2.0-litre TDI units still make sense if you cover a lot of miles or plan to tow a caravan with your Caddy.

Importantly for family buyers, the Caddy is now available with a range of driver-assistance tech as standard. this includes an autonomous emergency braking system which can apply the brakes if it detects a potential collision, as well as lane keep assist to stop you straying on the motorway. With its eSIM technology, it can even call the emergency services automatically if you're involved in an accident.

Equally importantly, the Caddy is simply huge inside. You can pick from two sizes of Caddy – the short-wheelbase model and the bigger Caddy Maxi. Both are available with a third row of seats, although we reckon the Caddy's best treated as an ultra practical five-seater.

The boot will swallow up pretty much anything you might throw at it, while the rear seats can be flipped back and forth (or, in the case of the third row, removed entirely when not required).

The standard Caddy starts from around £24,500 and it's pretty basic inside, but the majority of buyers are likely to go for the high-spec Caddy Life. This comes with desirable features like 16-inch alloy wheels, an 8.25-inch media system and parking sensors. Prices of the Caddy Life start in the region of £28,500 – about the same as a top-spec Vauxhall Combo Life.

Ultimately, a lot of potential Caddy buyers will walk straight past it on the dealer's forecourt in favour of SUV models like the Tiguan Allspace. But the Caddy represents good value for money and is more practical than an SUV could dare dream to be. It's also not the compromise to live with that you might expect for a car that looks like a van.

Looking for a second opinon? Why not read heycar's Volkswagen Caddy Review? 

Ask Honest John

What's the best seven seat MPV?

"I’ve had a Vauxhall Zafira for a long while. What is the best petrol 7-seater MPV at present please?"
There are very few seven-seat petrol MPVs on the market in 2023. A Volkswagen Touran could be a good option, with the efficient 1.5-litre petrol engine. Or maybe a van-based people carrier like the Volkswagen Caddy. Alternatively, the Dacia Jogger represents excellent value for money.
Answered by Andrew Brady

I need one vehicle than I can use as a car and a van, what are my options?

"I have a car and a van but use both, I'm wanting to sell both and just get one vehicle that will do the job of both vehicles. Any ideas what type would I be looking at? "
If you need a vehicle that can operate as both a car and a van, we would suggest looking at a van-derived car such as the Ford Tourneo Connect, Volkswagen Caddy MPV and Citroen Berlingo, all of which have the flexibility to do both jobs.
Answered by David Ross

What's a good car to drive my mobility scooter into?

"I am currently taking my mobility scooter apart to load it into my Kia Sorento. This is becoming more difficult for me, so within the next few months I will be looking for a car that could be adapted to drive my mobility scooter into. What is out there that would do the trick?"
Take a look at van-based people carriers like the Volkswagen Caddy or Ford Tourneo Connect. As you'd expect, these are very practical, while a low boot sill helps with access. They also represent excellent value for money compared to most SUVs.
Answered by Andrew Brady
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