Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationOptional ExtrasIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Collision prevention assist
  • Digital clock
  • Dimmable instrument illumination
  • Headlight range control
  • SD card slot
  • Service indicator
  • Servotronic speed related PAS
  • Stop/start button

Entertainment

  • Aux input socket
  • iPod/USB connection

Exterior Features

  • 2 speed variable intermittent/delay front wipers + wash
  • Daytime running lights
  • Electric front windows
  • Heat reflective glass
  • Rear wing doors with opaque glass - without heated rear window and wash - wipe
  • Side sliding door - left and right

Interior Features

  • 2 rear interior lights, switchable by door
  • 4 drinks holders and storage compartment in centre console
  • 8 lashing points for securing load
  • Drivers seat adjustable for reach and rake
  • Height adjustable head restraints
  • Height and rake adjustable steering column
  • Illuminated lockable glovebox
  • Interior light in headlining
  • Interior roof trim - hardboard
  • Jack and tool kit
  • Load side lining, half height hardboard
  • Passenger seat with reach and rake adjustment

Safety

  • Drivers side airbags and passenger curtain airbags
  • Electric seatbelt tensioners

Security

  • Deadlocking and internal locking button
  • Remote central locking
  • Thatcham Category 2 alarm and immobiliser

Technical

  • ABS + EBD
  • Brake energy regeneration
  • Electronic differential lock
  • Emergency brake assist
  • Engine braking control (MSR)
  • ESP
  • Hill hold assist
  • TCS

Wheels

  • Low rolling resistance tyres

Emissions

CO

CO2 (g/km)

126

HC+NOx

Noise Level dB(A)

NOx

Particles

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

General

Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07

Safety Concerns?

1

Badge Engine CC

1

Badge Power

102

Based On ID

Battery Volts

12

Chassis Engine Number

Clutch

SINGLE DRY PLATE

Coin Description

Coin Gross Vehicle Weight Code

Coin Power Output Code

Coin Series

Coin Wheelbase Description Code

Coin Wheelbase Name Code

Front Brakes

DISCS

Front Suspension

MCPHERSON STRUTS

Timing Belt Interval Mileage

0

Hand Brake

REAR

Insurance Group 1

Insurance Group 2

Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years

12

Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years

3

NCAP Safety Assist %

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

NCAP Front/Side Impact - Discontinued February 09

0

Badge Power

NCAP Pedestrian - Discontinued February 09

0

Badge Engine CC

Vehicle Homologation Class

Running Cost League Headings

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage

100000

Standard manufacturers warranty - Years

3

Vehicle Homologation Class

N1

Vin/Frame No.

Engine and Drive Train

Automatic Transmission

1

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

999

Cooling System

WATER

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

4

Engine Layout

FRONT TRANSVERSE

Engine Make

Fuel Delivery

DIRECT INJECTION TURBO INTERCOOLER

Fuel Delivery

PETROL

Gears

5 SPEED

Manual Transmission

1

Fuel Consumption

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Combined (mpg)

52.3

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

58.9

EC Urban (mpg)

44.1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

11.8

Engine Power - BHP

102

Engine Power - KW

75

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

129

Engine Torque - MKG

18

Engine Torque - NM

175

Top Speed

115

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Automatic Clutch

1

Plated 3rd Axle

Plated 4th Axle

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Make

Tyre Size Front

195/65 R15

Tyre Size Rear

195/65 R15

Tyre Size Spare

FULL SIZE

Wheel Style

Wheel Type

15" STEEL

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1836

Height (including roof rails)

Length

4878

Load Height

1259

Load Length

2249

Load Space Width Between Wheel Arches

1168

Side Load Door Height

1097

Side Load Door Width

701

Turning Circle - Wall to Wall

12.2

Wheelbase

3006

Width

1793

Width (including mirrors)

2065

Weight and Capacities

Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb

Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

60

Gross Train Weight

3200

Gross Vehicle Weight

2183

Load Space Volume

4

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

Luggage Capacity - 2nd Row Seats Removed

Luggage Capacity - 2nd Row Seats Up

Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Down

Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Removed

Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Up

Max. Roof Load

100

Max. Towing Weight - Braked

1200

Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked

670

Minimum Kerbweight

1447

No. of Seats

2

Max. Loading Weight

736

On The Road

Driver Convenience

Entertainment

Exterior Features

Interior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Safety

Security

Technical

Trim

Wheels

Summary

Volkswagen has a very effective LCV line-up and this much improved Caddy is a key part of it. In Maxi form, it's a little bit bigger and that will be exactly what some operators need. The engines are sound, the styling is attractive enough and the interior has a real quality about it. You will pay a premium for that Volkswagen branding but residual values are strong and maintenance costs low, so that extra outlay up front might pay dividends. If your load carry requirements are forcing you into a small panel van, the Caddy could be your saviour. As a compact van with extra space, it's affordable, manoeuvrable and a more enjoyable drive than the larger vehicle you were thinking about, whether you're taking to the back lanes or pounding the motorway. The 150PS TDI engine gives it a brisk turn of pace too.

Background

Volkswagen's Caddy van has come a long way. The name does, after all, date back to 1996 when all this LCV really offered business buyers was a Volkswagen Polo with a metallic shed bolted on the back. Today's restyled Caddy is very different, sporting a pleasingly cohesive shape and running on the altogether more substantial platform of the MK5 Golf hatchback. The choice of standard and larger 'Maxi' bodystyles means that you can even get a passenger car version - the Caddy Maxi MPV - which offers a no-frills 7-seat people carrier to sensible-thinking families. Plus there are Caddy+ enhanced payload models, frugal BlueMotion Technology versions and 4Motion 4WD options.

Driving Experience

There's a diesel only-engine range for Caddy Maxi customers to consider and the overwhelming majority of UK van operators wouldn't have it any other way. Buyers get a range of two 2.0-litre TDI Euro6 engines, ranging in power output from 102 to 150PS. Customers can also opt for a DSG automatic gearbox. On the move, handling is still assured, sharpening as usual as the weight you're carrying rises. And performance? Well to be honest, it's rather too leisurely in the least powerful 102PS 2.0 TDI model. For that reason, we'd council you to stretch to the 150PS version of this engine if you possibly can. What else? Well, a braked trailer capacity of up to 1,500kg is within the Caddy's remit and it's worth pointing out that pulling potential of this magnitude is rare in this sector. The reasons why have much to do with this vehicle's substantial mass. With gross vehicle weights between 2,175kg and 2,350kg, it's a much heavier LCV than any direct competitor. Many vans of this size after all, don't even break the 2,000kg barrier.

Design and Build

Understandably in such a practically-orientated market, Volkswagen designers didn't bother to spend much of this revised model's improvement budget on aesthetics, though the monobox shape does have a slightly sleeker look thanks to the adoption of the same kind of smarter front end used in Volkswagen's larger Transporter van, as well as on its Amarok pick-up. As before, opting for this Maxi model gives you 4.2m3 of loading volume rather than the 3.6m3 of the standard version. Plus there's 470mm more length, with 151mm of that accounted for by a longer rear overhang and 319mm squeezed into the wheelbase. Behind the wheel, this Caddy feels comfortable yet robust, and boasts smarter upholstery and switchgear, as well as enhanced stereo and infotainment systems. The standard five-inch touchscreen Colour Composition radio can be upgraded to a higher-tech Composition Media item, or buyers can specify the Discover Navigation system. Overall, the cabin's neat and unfussy with dark grey plastics prevailing on every surface. And thanks to beautiful build quality from the Polish Poznan production line, an air of sturdiness that's uncommon in small LCVs. Storage provision is good too, with four cupholders, a decent-sized glovebox, dash-top trays and door bins large enough to hold an atlas or a 1.5-litre drink bottle, plus the option of extra stowage compartments under the seats. There's also a long shelf above the windscreen, though the presence of only a small lip along its leading edge would lead me to worry about its contents being deposited on my head during sudden inclines or under hard acceleration. Paperwork and clothing won't be too much of a problem but, just for safety's sake, keep hammers, tins of paint and drinks flasks in the door pockets.

Market and Model

Standard equipment across the Caddy range includes Electronic Stabilisation Programme (ESP),ABS Anti-lock Braking System, Traction Control System (TCS),automatic hazard lights activation under emergency braking, a driver's airbag, speed sensitive power steering, remote central locking and a CD stereo with AUX-in socket. All Caddy Maxi models have twin sliding side doors and glazing rear doors with opaque glass. They also have a solid bulkhead which helps keep cabin noise down. There's the option of the DSG 7-speed semi-automatic gearbox for urban users, plus 4Motion 4WD if you want it. As well as the panel van model, the Caddy Maxi can also be ordered in Window Van and 'MPV' forms. These bring additional people carrying options, with the Window Van taking a basic minibus approach with a carpeted floor and bench seats. The MPV model goes further, coming over a bit MPV with a more luxurious specification and various additional storage solutions.