Superb new safety features
Clever use of group technology
Desirable when both new and used
Overly conservative styling
High powered engine can give a wild ride
Fuel filler neck swimming pool sloshing
It would be unfair to say that the Volkswagen Caddy has stagnated but it has started to look a little dated, such is the pace at which the rest of the small van market has developed. It has been a considerable amount of time since VW’s smallest van has had a refresh, but the dawning of Euro-6 has given the German manufacturer the perfect opportunity to revamp the model and in doing so begin the domino-like knock-on of redesigns that will see the Transporter, Amarok and finally all-new Crafter brought up to code with a new harmonious family face.
In summary, the new Caddy is a serious advancement over the outgoing model. Its rammed full of technology that will make any driver who spends a long time behind the wheel hugely appreciative of the systems. Comfort has certainly been increased and the styling of the cabin and outside have been lifted to update it and make the vehicle feel much more modern.
It is then, business as usual for VW with the new Caddy. It’s not rocked the boat, but we expect they won’t be able to get them on to dry land in the UK quick enough.
Tested: Caddy panel van BlueMotion 2-litre TDI 100hp (75 kW), 5-speed manual
Rest Assist (drowsiness detection)
Air conditioning system
USB interface and AUX-IN jack
Fresh air intake system with activated charcoal canister
Leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel (3-spoke)
Partitioned bulkhead with windows
Handbrake lever and gearshift knob in leather
Height adjustable driver seat
Rear wing doors with window aperture, asymmetrically split
Heated rear window
Electric windows with comfort operation and circuit breaker
Illuminated glove compartment with lockable lid
Rubber floor covering in cab
Body measures for increased safety requirements
Forward Collision Warning "Front Assist" City Emergency Braking
Exterior mirrors electrically adjustable, heated and folding
12-V socket in dashboard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System
Lumbar support (manually adjustable) for individual seat in 1st row of seats, left
Navigation system "Discover Media" with 6.33-inch touch screen
Rear park distance control
Rear window wiper and washer system with intermittent control
8T7 Adaptive Cruise Control ACC up to 160 km/h, incl. speed limiter
Cell phone interface and WLAN interface
Multi-function display "Plus"
App-Connect and Car-Net "Guide & Inform"