Volkswagen Caddy Cargo dimensions (2021-on)

This page covers the dimension, load space and payload details of the VW Caddy Cargo, the fifth-generation Volkswagen Caddy van, also known as the Caddy 5. As with previous versions of the Caddy van, it comes in standard and long-wheelbase Maxi sizes.

To find out what the Caddy Cargo is like to drive and whether it’s good value, check out our main Volkswagen Caddy Cargo review page.

Volkswagen Caddy Cargo capacity & size

4 out of 5 4.0

Like most small vans, the Caddy Cargo comes in two body lengths but only one roof height. The short-wheelbase (SWB) version is simply the standard Caddy Cargo, while the long-wheelbase (LWB) version is labelled the Maxi.

Compared with the previous model, the standard Caddy is longer than before while the Maxi is slightly shorter. Both have increased internal loading height, however, and most significantly, increased space between the rear wheelarches means Euro pallets can be loaded sideways. The Caddy Cargo Maxi will now swallow two of them at last.

VW Caddy Caddy exterior dimensions

How big is the Caddy Cargo? Well, the smaller model is now 4,500mm long – an increase of 93mm over the previous version. The wheelbase has also grown by 73mm to 2,755. The van is 62mm wider than before at 1,855mm (without the door mirrors) and 1,818mm tall, which is slightly lower than the previous 1,823mm height.

This sleekness helps with the aerodynamics, which should in turn improve the fuel economy, but thanks to redesigned rear suspension doesn’t compromise the interior load height, which is taller than before.

Volkswagen Caddy Cargo exterior dimensions:

  • Exterior length: 4,500mm
  • Exterior height: 1,818mm
  • Exterior width (without door mirrors): 1,855mm
  • Wheelbase: 2,755mm

VW Caddy Cargo Maxi exterior dimensions

The Caddy Maxi is not quite as Maxi as it used to be – the 4,853mm exterior length being 25mm shorter than the previous model’s 4,878mm. Similarly, the wheelbase is down from 3,006mm to 2,970mm, a 36mm reduction.

And while the Maxi is still longer than LWB versions of key rivals, it’s overall load volume can’t match the best of the rest, most notably the technically identical Vauxhall Combo Cargo, Toyota Proace City, Peugeot Partner and Citroen Berlingo.

Volkswagen Caddy Cargo Maxi exterior dimensions:

  • Exterior length: 4,853mm
  • Exterior height: 1,818mm
  • Exterior width (without door mirrors): 1,855mm
  • Wheelbase: 2,755mm

VW Caddy Cargo load area dimensions

Being bigger on the outside has – unsurprisingly – made the standard-length Caddy Cargo more practical on the inside.

Load length has increased by 20mm to 1,797mm, but even more usefully the width between the rear wheelarches has increased by a huge 60mm to 1,230mm – meaning a Euro pallet will now go in sideways. Add to this a rear door opening that’s 51mm than before and a load-space height that’s increased 28mm to 1,272mm.

This still leaves load volume slightly smaller than the shorter versions of the rivals listed above. And there’s still no load-through bulkhead option.

Volkswagen Caddy Cargo load area dimensions:

  • Maximum load length: 1,797mm
  • Maximum load height: 1,272mm
  • Maximum load width: 1,613mm
  • Width between the wheelarches: 1,230mm
  • Width of rear opening: 1,234mm
  • Width of side door opening: 701mm
  • Load volume: 3.1 cubic metres

VW Caddy Cargo Maxi load area dimensions

This generation Caddy Maxi is smaller than the previous one on the outside, and has a similarly reduced amount of space on the inside – maximum loading length falling from 2,249mm to 2,150mm.

However, with the increased loading height and additional width between the wheelarches, it still manages to be more practical than its predecessor in some key areas. The ability to swallow two Euro pallets being one of them; the side door is wider on the Maxi to help with loading these.

Volkswagen Caddy Cargo Maxi load area dimensions:

  • Maximum load length: 2,150mm
  • Maximum load height: 1,274mm
  • Maximum load width: 1,613mm
  • Width between the wheelarches: 1,230mm
  • Width of rear opening: 1,234mm
  • Width of side door opening: 846mm
  • Load volume: 3.7 cubic metres

Volkswagen Caddy Cargo payload, weight & towing

3.5 out of 5 3.5

Volkswagen is dragging its heels about full payload info for the new Caddy Cargo – though to be fair it isn’t expected to reach UK dealers until March 2021 (even if you’ll be able to order one in December 2020).

As such, the only info we have so far is that payload will be 700-780kg. VW typically adds 75kg to the kerbweight to account for the driver, so a more comparable figure would be 855kg max, but that’s still some way short of the 1,000kg (one-tonne) ratings the best rivals can manage.

At this stage we have no towing capacity data at all. We will update this page as soon as Volkswagen reveals it.

Also read:

>> Our Volkswagen Caddy Cargo review page

>> Best small vans