Say hello to the Volkswagen Caddy & the Citroen Berlingo, 2 vans crying out for your attention in the small van market. Vanarama's Van Expert Tom Roberts puts them...
The Volkswagen Caddy is the smallest van in the range, but it’s not short on offerings. Depending on the exact model & engine type you choose, the payload can be as much as 738kg. A comfortable ride & great road holding is provided by front MacPherson strut suspension & telescopic shock absorbers, while VW keeps you safe with ABS, Engine Braking Control & Traction Control System.
Volkswagen Caddy Specifications & Dimensions
Caddy is available in two body styles & three configurations.
There’s the Caddy panel van with an internal load length of 1779mm, & the larger Caddy Maxi offering 2249mm. Caddy Maxi Kombi has a second row of seats which fold, so you can still benefit from a load volume of 4.1cu/m.
There’s a choice of two 2.0 litre diesel engines (102PS or 150PS), or a 1.0 litre 102PS petrol engine. There’s even the option of Volkswagen's legendary DSG automatic 6-speed gearbox.
Volkswagen Caddy Drive & Trim
There’s absolutely no corner cutting when it comes down to specification. Even the entry level Startline has a colour DAB+ radio with USB & bluetooth connectivity & a leather multifunction steering wheel.
Safety comes first with the Caddy & all of this is standard across the range.
- Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
- Automatic hazard light activation under emergency braking
- Automatic Post-Collision Braking System
- Brake Assist. Driver Alert System
- Driver & passenger front & curtain airbags
- Electric seat belt tensioners
- Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
- Electronic Differential Lock (EDL)
- Electronic Stabilisation Programme (ESP)
- Engine Drag Torque Control (MSR)
- Front Assist with City Emergency Braking System
Move up to Trendline & you’ll get air conditioning, cruise control, rear parking sensors & body coloured bumpers.
Top of the tree, the Highline adds satellite navigation with a larger touchscreen, lights & vision pack, heated windscreen & alloy wheels.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
For the ultimate economy, the 102PS diesel has an official combined figure of just 49.6mpg. The DSG model has the lowest C02 emissions, of just 137g/km
The VW Caddy is a hugely capable small van with leasing the best way to drive a brand new vehicle with small monthly payments.
Take a look at our in-depth expert Caddy review, or check out the video below.