Volkswagen’s Caddy has always proved popular with drivers and businesses for decades and the new version just adds to its appeal 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.
Styling? The Caddy we tested was a highline version in Bamboo Garden Green which highlighted the smooth design and stylish lines of the van.
Under the Bonnet? The model tested had a 2.0L 140bhp engine but now comes with a free upgrade to 150bhp.
What about inside? The cabin is spacious and comfortable – especially in Highline spec. There’s also plenty of room in the back and the full bulkhead between the cabin and rear ensures noise levels are kept to a minimum. Unfortunately there is a noticeable whistle from the wing mirrors which according to a few enthusiasts is a common problem with the VW Caddy!
How much can it carry? 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.
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.
And Safety? The Caddy comes with safety features such as Brake Assist, Front and Curtain airbags, ESP and seatbelt warning as standard.
Options? Engine options include a 1.6 TDi in 75, 102 and 110bhp and a 2.0L TDi in 140bhp at launch (now 150bhp). 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.
Will it break the bank? 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.
Verdict? The caddy is a stylish option and it’s easy to see why it’s so popular – especially as it is the least “van like” van I’ve driven.
Why you’ll buy one? Comfort and Styling
Why you won’t? No option for carrying longer loads (unless you go for the Caddy Maxi which is 470mm longer).
VW Caddy Highline
Engine: 2.0 TDi 140bhp
Max speed: 188 km/h
Emissions (Motor Tax): 158g/km (€333)
Model price range: starts at €13,606 ex VAT (model tested €19,346 ex VAT)
Load Capacity: 3.2m3
No of Doors: 4 doors
Euro NCAP : 4 star
Fuel type: Diesel
Fuel Economy (combined cycle): 6.0l/100km
9th March, 2016