The new fifth-generation Volkswagen Caddy has arrived, bringing a fresh new face and a whole host of features to the famously capable compact van. The passenger-orientated version is likely to be a big hit with families too, owing to its versatile cabin and efficient range of engines.
In short, the new Caddy is likely to appeal to all manner of buyers - but what else do you need to know about it? Let’s find out.
The exterior look of the new Caddy represents a significant departure from that of the older van. The front end boasts sharper, sleeker headlights which have been joined together with a singular chrome bar that runs along the width of the car’s nose. It gives the Caddy a more premium look than before.
Move up to Caddy Life specification and you’ll find LED lights added into the equation, alongside contrasting black roof rails and 16-inch alloy wheels.
The new Caddy is more versatile than ever before, with a spacious cabin ensuring that everyone has enough room to stretch out. Sliding rear doors provide quick and easy access, and you can even add power latching versions that prevent the doors from slamming shut - a real plus if you’ve got children getting in and out.
Large windows help to keep the cabin feel light and airy, while all versions of the Caddy come with air conditioning fitted as standard, too.
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It is just over 3cm larger than the previous model which has a great benefit on passengers;more elbow room at the front and rear and more shoulder room in the rear.
A new feature of this model is the lower driving position, which in turn reaps the benefits of more headroom in the first row of seats. As well as this, there are plenty of handy compartments and clever storage places throughout the cabin to store you items such as smartphone and coffee cup in.
Larger belongings can be stored in the luggage compartment, which has a capacity of between 380 and 1,200 litres.
Technology levels have increased significantly in the new Caddy, with even base-spec cars boasting a 6.5-inch colour touchscreen housing media functions. Upgrade to Caddy Life specification and you’ll find this increased to a large 8.25-inch version.
Volkswagen’s latest Digital Cockpit is also available for the Caddy, bringing a configurable display in the place of the conventional dials. It looks great and can be used to relay all sorts of key information back to the driver, too.
Entry-level Caddy models boast an impressive range of standard equipment, with highlights such as a 6.5-inch colour display and automatic emergency braking with cyclist and pedestrian monitoring standing out. Cruise control is also fitted as standard, which should help to take some of the backache out of longer trips.
An anti-theft alarm comes included too, incorporating interior monitoring, as well as a backup horn and towing protection.
Move up to Caddy Life and you’ll find the list of standard equipment bolstered further. You get an 8.25-inch infotainment screen, alongside Volkswagen’s ‘App Connect’ system which allows you to easily stream the apps displayed on your phone directly to the van’s screen.
Parking sensors at the front and rear are both included too, alongside power-folding wing mirrors and 16-inch alloy wheels.
The Caddy is available with two engine options. The first is a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel, which provides robust performance and decent economy figures. Available with either 100 or 120bhp, this engine can be specified with either a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed DSG automatic. Volkswagen says that you’ll see up to 58mpg, too, which should help reduce trips to the pump.
When it comes to petrol, there’s a single 1.5-litre turbocharged version available. Just one power output can be selected - 112bhp - and it’s only available with the seven-speed automatic gearbox. Volkswagen says that you should see up to 42mpg combined, too.
The new Caddy Life’s has a strong dominance on the road, and also comes with the option to include new 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, improved, brighter headlights and electric closing aid for tailgate and sliding doors.