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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

The Caddy was awarded four stars out of five for adult occupant protection in official Euro NCAP crash tests. This is a reasonable score but many people carriers have achieved the full five star rating. Anti-lock braking with electronic brake force distribution is fitted across the range, along with driver, front passenger and side airbags. Also standard are a traction control system plus child locks are fitted to each sliding door.

Remote central locking with deadlocks is also standard.

Seven seats arranged in three rows and generous luggage space give the Maxi Life all it needs to tick this box. With all the seats in use, the extra length over the standard Caddy provides a luggage capacity of 380 litres under the luggage cover – that’s more than a Golf hatchback. Remove the rearmost seat – admittedly a relatively heavy task – and five-seater volume rises to an impressive 1,350 litres.

With the centre seats folded forward, the 4.2-metre interior provides maximum volume of 3,700 litres to roof height, making the car very practical indeed. Significantly, twin sliding doors make exit and access easy from the second and third row seats, even when other vehicles are parked alongside.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Life (08-10).

  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Steel wheels
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Full size spare wheel

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
Same as basic equipment
Standard Trim optional equipment
  • Full size spare wheel

Euro NCAP Rating

The Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Life (08-10) was tested by Euro NCAP in and received the following safety ratings:

  • Adult Occupant - 4 stars
  • Child Occupant - 3 stars
  • Vulnerable road users - 2 stars

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.