A major upgrade has transformed one of the workhorses of the German brand, bringing a lot of technological and practical features.
Caddy is a big name for Volkswagen’s compact van – it’s related to the Golf, hauls things for you, and dodges the spotlight. While the Golf hatchback and Amarok ute are Volkswagen’s best-known vehicles, the Caddy is relatively anonymous.
But this latest model is a big deal for the brand. As the first Caddy based on VW’s new MQB platform – the heart of its passenger vehicle lineup – it shares a lot with the latest generation of Golf.
This makes it a much more modern workhorse than the more popular Amarok, whose cabin belongs to the previous decade.
Inside, there are optional twin 10-inch wide screens, capacitive touch controls, and sophisticated driver aids rarely found in commercial vehicles.
As long as you are willing to pay for them.
Priced at $ 34,990 plus highway expenses (around $ 40,000 by car) with a six-speed manual transmission (a seven-speed dual-clutch car adds $ 3,000), the VW comes with an infotainment system. 8.25-inch, automatic emergency braking, cruise control and rearview camera as standard.
Customers pay $ 5,000 for âTravel Assistâ driver aids, including Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitoring, Lane Keeping Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, plus 1,600 $ for the 10-inch touchscreen with GPS, $ 1,990 for adaptive LED lights that help you see around corners, $ 800 for heated seats that make cold mornings much more tolerable, and $ 1,100 for metallic paint .
If that sounds too expensive, consider $ 25 for a bin to slip into the driver’s door pocket.
Then there will be no excuse for apprentices to hide bundles of chips in the center console.
The Caddy is backed by a five-year unlimited mileage warranty, and servicing automatic models costs just over $ 2,731 for five years.
The complex range includes three body sizes, as well as automatic and manual transmissions for gasoline or diesel engines and cabin fittings for two, five or seven occupants.
Cargo Caddies carry up to 754 kilograms in 3.7 cubic meters of storage space accessible through larger openings than the previous model.
The long wheelbase versions have huge sliding doors and enough space to accept two European standard pallets.
The interior features nifty touches including a storage shelf above the windshield and a flat space tucked away at the top of the dashboard that can help you stay organized.
Two USB-C power outlets join the 12-volt outlets on the top of the dashboard and in the charging bay.
People who want to move can choose a seven-seater Caddy Life model for around $ 55,000 per car.
Removable chairs add welcome flexibility when needed.
The standard engine at launch is a 2.0-liter turbo diesel that produces 75 kW / 280 Nm in manual tuning, or 90 kW / 320 Nm when paired with the auto.
Both drive the front wheels using 4.9 L / 100km of claimed fuel, which was close to the 5.5 L / 100km we’ve seen in the real world. A 1.5-liter turbo petrol option with 84 kW and 220 Nm is on the way.
We tested the car in a diesel minivan and a seven-seater trim, and left impressed with the car-like manners that make the Caddy a much more liveable proposition than the huge double cab utes. And you don’t have to worry about people pinching goods from the tray or twisting your back while lifting goods into the top tub.
The compact dimensions make the Caddy easy to place around town, and while its ride comfort doesn’t compare to that of the Golf, it’s a just better view than high-driving utes.
Lightweight steering, powerful brakes and a fast gearbox make urban deliveries easy.
Although diesel is no longer fashionable in the passenger car category, the Caddy’s unit delivers long-lasting range and effortless punch while meeting the latest Euro emissions standards.
We would like a little more refinement from the cabin, which is noisy at highway speeds. And the Caddy makes less sense as a passenger transport vehicle, as more refined and spacious passenger vans are available for a similar price.
The Volkswagen Caddy offers modern technology and an easy driving experience for commercial operators, but family friendliness is not a strong point.
VOLKSWAGEN CADDY VITALS
Price: From around $ 43,600 by car
Emotor : 4-cylinder 2.0-liter turbo diesel, 90 kW / 320 Nm
Wwarranty / service:Unlimited km 5 years, $ 2,731 for 5 years
Ssecurity :6 airbags, automatic emergency braking, driver fatigue monitoring
Thirst: 4.9 L / 100 km
Scrop: Full size