Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9

Life choices

The Caddy Maxi Life is available in just a single trim level, and comes with a choice of 102hp and 150hp 2.0-litre turbodiesel engines badged TDI, or a 125hp 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine badged TSI. The diesels promise greater fuel economy, but the petrol is a refined choice that offers sprightly performance, even when fully loaded. We have so far only driven the TSI.

All engines are available with a standard manual gearbox or Volkswagen’s smooth DSG automaticElectronic stability control and an electronic differential lock are fitted on every model – the latter is slightly unusual (though it’s fitted on a wide range of Volkswagen Group cars) and helps improve traction on slippery surfaces.

While you can’t choose between different equipment grades, the basic Caddy Maxi Life specification is fairly generous and includes modern necessities such as air-conditioning and DAB digital radio as standard, and there is also a comprehensive optional extras list – including a selection of bright exterior colours. Prepare your wallet for the inevitable damage.

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