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The previous model Caddy saw the introduction of an environmentally-friendly BlueMotion model which has been revised to further improve efficiency, as well as the extended wheelbase Maxi version, that increases load volume from 3.2m³ to 4.2m³. But new additions this time around include a 4Motion all-wheel-drive model, a compressed natural gas version called EcoFuel, and the option of semi-automatic DSG boxes across the range.
There are three basic trim levels, Startline, Trendline and Highline, as well as a number of special edition models that typically add larger alloy wheels, special decals and sportier seats.
Already a key player, the new Caddy has once again raised the bar for the sector. Euro-5 engines, improved economy and class leading comfort will ensure that the new Caddy stays a firm favourite with fleet buyers, and we can’t disagree.
Running costs and in particular residual values are a major plus point for the Caddy – which also offers a range of engine options including an entry-level 74hp unit. Three trim levels and various optional extras allow you to add considerably to the price of a Caddy, but in standard guise it is a well priced and competitively priced van.
Potential buyers should also consider the Ford Transit Connect, Fiat Doblo Cargo, Renault Kangoo and Citroen Berlingo as alternatives, each of which is more than capable of matching the Caddy for choice and practicalities – albeit without the brand appeal of the VW badge.