Well built, good to drive and reliable the Volkswagen Caddy has always proved popular writes Suzanne Keane
What is it? The VW Caddy has been a regular on Irish roads since the 1980s originally in pick-up form. The more familiar van shape has been around since the 90s and this new version promises to be more functional, flexible and versatile than its predecessors.
First impressions of the new Caddy: The Caddy we tested was a highline version in Acapulco Blue which highlighted the smooth design and stylish lines of the van.
What about the interior? The cabin is spacious and comfortable – especially in Highline spec. There’s also plenty of room in the back and the Caddy we tested has a payload of 745Kg or 3.2 cubic metres. The load compartment has a minimum width of 1.17m and load length of almost 1.8m.
And on the road? The 2.0L 140bhp engine had plenty of power and was more than capable of keeping the pace on winding back roads as well as cruising down the motorway. The suspension set up is also excellent and behind the wheel of a Caddy it’s easy to forget that you’re actually driving a van.
How Much? The new VW Caddy starts at just €13,606 ex VAT for a 1.6 75bhp TDi with a 5 speed manual gearbox in front wheel drive. This engine will consume 5.7l/100km. The model tested was the 2.0L 140bhp TDi 6 speed manual in Highline trim which has a combined fuel consumption of 6.0l/100km and costs just under €20,000 ex VAT. Service plans are available from €9.99/month and there are options to extend the warranty period for extra piece of mind.
How Safe? The Caddy comes with safety features such as Brake Assist, Front and Curtain airbags, ESP and seatbelt warning as standard.
What about my options: Engine options include a 1.6 TDi in 75, 102 and 110bhp and a 2.0L TDi in 140bhp. The base model comes with a sliding door, Bluetooth connectivity through a 5” touchscreen, heated wing mirrors, adjustable driver’s seat and daytime running lights. Upgrading to Trendline will get you Cruise Control, Leather steering wheel, body coloured bumpers and mirrors and rear parking sensors. The top level highline also comes with Climate control, heated windscreen, auto lights, front fog lights and alloy wheels.
3 words to describe the VW Caddy: Stylish; Comfortable; Practical
7th October, 2015