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Volkswagen Caddy Maxi

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By Jonathan Crouch

Volkswagen's improved Caddy Maxi model is a stronger proposition than ever. Jonathan Crouch checks it out

Ten Second Reviewword count: 57

Today's compact van must, as far as possible, be all things to all users. Obviously there are limits, but the main contenders all now offer a choice of two sizes to potential customers. Volkswagen's improved Caddy is no different but brings a quality feel and a depth of design engineering that's missing from some of its rivals.

Backgroundword count: 110

Volkswagen's Caddy van has come a long way. The name does, after all, date back to 1996 when all this LCV really offered business buyers was a Volkswagen Polo with a metallic shed bolted on the back. Today's restyled Caddy is very different, sporting a pleasingly cohesive shape and running on the altogether more substantial platform of the MK5 Golf hatchback. The choice of standard and larger 'Maxi' bodystyles means that you can even get a passenger car version - the Caddy Maxi MPV - which offers a no-frills 7-seat people carrier to sensible-thinking families. Plus there are Caddy+ enhanced payload models, frugal BlueMotion Technology versions and 4Motion 4WD options.

Driving Experienceword count: 179

There's a diesel only-engine range for Caddy Maxi customers to consider and the overwhelming majority of UK van operators wouldn't have it any other way. Buyers get a range of two 2.0-litre TDI Euro6 engines, ranging in power output from 102 to 150PS. Customers can also opt for a DSG automatic gearbox. On the move, handling is still assured, sharpening as usual as the weight you're carrying rises. And performance? Well to be honest, it's rather too leisurely in the least powerful 102PS 2.0 TDI model. For that reason, we'd council you to stretch to the 150PS version of this engine if you possibly can. What else? Well, a braked trailer capacity of up to 1,500kg is within the Caddy's remit and it's worth pointing out that pulling potential of this magnitude is rare in this sector. The reasons why have much to do with this vehicle's substantial mass. With gross vehicle weights between 2,175kg and 2,350kg, it's a much heavier LCV than any direct competitor. Many vans of this size after all, don't even break the 2,000kg barrier.

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Statistics (subset of data only)

Min

Max

CO2 (g/km):

134

Extra urban mpg:

51.4

61.4

Height (mm):

1822

1886

Insurance group:

5

16

Length (mm):

4876

Price:

15065

20690

... and 3 other stats available

Scoring (subset of scores)

Category: Vans

Performance
70%
Handling
70%
Comfort
60%
Space
80%
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