Review Volkswagen Caddy
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With 60 years of experience in the delivery vehicle industry, Volkswagen has a wealth of experience. A new generation of VW light commercials has just emerged in the form of the fourth generation of Caddy vans and larger T6 vans.
Each has two options of wheelbase and variety of accessories, and after that, roof heights vary.
There are a variety of package options that you can virtually tailor to a custom van.
It can take a while to complete the assembly line – and it costs a bit.
Caddy bay starts from $ 28,990 and has a strong foothold in Australia. With a two-seat, five-seat and seven-seat Maxi crew layout, it sits atop a tree in the minivans grounds – and accounts for healthy passenger car sales in Caddy Maxi-van guise.
The badge has been a loyal and reliable servant to thousands of working people over the years.
The latest generation is built on the new shared VW platform. It comes with a much more stylish exterior and a better interior with access to a host of incredible comfort, safety and practical features.
The diesel will be available next year but the big news is the turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder Bluemotion (92kW / 220Nm) with engine stop and regenerative braking.
The seven-speed DSG is a good cracker, delivering clear gear shifts at the right time
Most important for delivery drivers while driving in the city is a low torque on tap from 1500 rpm. It also uses much less fuel than the previous 1.2-liter, less powerful, just around 6.0L / 100km for the base model manual.
That thirst only increases slightly in larger five- and seven-seater cars, with the seven-speed DSG gearbox helping to keep the number down to around 6.5L.
The load in the truck varies – 773kg-841kg depending on the model and wheelbase.
Advanced safety kit standard items include the Multi Collision Braking, which automatically brakes the vehicle once you pass it. The concept is elusive, but VW says it’s better to let the car come to a complete stop in a multiple crash.
Fatigue detection monitors the way you drive and alerts you if it thinks you are blinking.
Based on VW’s new small car platform, the latest Caddy gets improved steering and braking.
Thanks to an independent front axle and a stiff one with leaf-spring rear suspension, the car also offers a superior driving experience. Cruise control is standard, but a reversing camera is optional on trucks, standard on passenger vehicles. What about the workers?
The upgraded interior includes some elements of the style and functionality of the passenger car but is still cheap and stiff. – can be a good thing for an active vehicle that can never be beneficial when cleaned.
Handy cabin set includes hood, multiple storage compartments and bottle rack. Depending on the model, multimedia ranges from not bad to pretty good. Not so flash is using the phone streaming feature for satnav.
The exterior styling borrows cues from Golf and Polo. More angles and a smarter grille dominate.
As expected, the new Caddy is a complete car with excellent performance from the 1.4-liter engine. We didn’t have a drive in the manual but the seven-speed DSG is a good device, providing clear gear shifts at the right time.
It’s intelligently marked and, from behind the wheel, feels like a Golf, if one has a cheap interior. Very impressive ride quality whether empty or partially loaded.
On our brief test drive, the working Caddy registered 7.4L / 100km mainly for city driving.
It’s easy to operate, has properly placed switches, and will be a relatively pleasant environment to spend your whole day working on. Loading is done through a side slider or the back door of the barn. A rear door is optional, as is a second slider.