- VW commercial vehicle service network
- Safety features
- Good to drive
- Less choice than with rival vans
This is the third generation of VW Caddy van.
Whereas the previous Caddy was based upon a beefed-up Polo supermini, this model is developed from the larger Touran model for a more spacious cabin and a sleeker shape without the need for a box on the back.
It offers more loadspace and can cope with greater payloads too.
Caddy is a strong contender in a class which includes the Ford Transit Connect, Fiat Doblo, Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Partner.
While some versions of the Ford are a little bigger and more capable, this Caddy was the only van in it's class to offer a sliding side door as standard.
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The Caddy was available with two diesel engines.
An SDI 2.0-litre normally aspirated diesel with 68hp provides leisurely performance, with a top speed of 88mph and accelerates to 62mph in 20.5 seconds.
The 1.9-litre TDI turbo diesel is far more vigorous with 102hp and a top speed of 103mph with 62mph coming up in 13.3 seconds.
Both engines are fitted with a five-speed manual gearbox.
It drives in a pleasingly car-like manner thanks to the Touran based front suspension. It is fitted with rear leaf springs and has been developed to cope with varying loads without changing the way it drives significantly.
Volkswagen's attention to ergonomics extends to commercial vehicles, too, and the cabin area is thoughtfully laid out with clearly located, easy to use functions.
Forward and side visibility are good, although the fact that the rear doors feature a 60/40 split and the bulkhead is 40/60 on right-hand drive models means a considerable central blind spot when the rear is empty.
Standard equipment is generous and includes remote central locking, reach and rake adjustable steering wheel, heat reflective glass, power steering and a large overhead storage tray.
There's additional cabin storage in the form of a glovebox, sizeable doorbins, dashboard-top trays and four cup holders, plus minor storage around the handbrake.
Vehicles bought through the Volkswagen dedicated Van Centres included a three year/100,000 mile warranty when new, with 12 years' bodywork anti-corrosion protection and three years of roadside assistance.
Use of parts common to the Golf and Touran cars helps keep costs down.
Both engines require an oil change at intervals of 10,000 miles and major services need to be undertaken every two years.
The VW mechanicals are well proven and should stand up well to the rigours of commercial use.
Volkswagen was particularly generous with the safety equipment and as standard it features ABS brakes, Traction Control and Engine Braking Control.
There's also a driver's airbag, while passenger and side airbags were optional.
Disc brakes are fitted to all wheels and there's an electronic brakeforce distribution system to ensure optimum braking performance irrespective of load.
Central locking with deadlocks and an immobiliser are standard, although an alarm was optional.