Caddy Panel van Trendline SWB EU6 2.0 TDI 102PS 5-speed manual £20,028.
The new fourth generation Volkswagen Caddy was launched in 2015 & a Trendline SWB 2 litre TDI version made it’s way to CCV for review in January. On first looks, the new Caddy appears to be just a facelifted model looking & feeling very much like it’s highly successful predecessor. But, Volkswagen have made some significant changes with the new model both inside & out with a mass of new safety & fuel economy technology, enabling it to keep up with recent new models launched by Fiat & Ford.
From the outside, the Caddy still has familiar silhouette, making it to my mind, one of the better looking small vans out there. Climb aboard & the all-new but familiar VW dash board greets you, built to last if a little bland compared to the competition. There are an amazing 17 storage spaces in the cab, including an overhead parcel shelf, two coffee cup holders in the centre & two well designed door pockets.VW have also moved the 12v socket to the centre of the dash enabling drivers to attach there own satnav more easily than before & connect their mobile phone as well via USB.
My test model the SWB Trendline, was incredibly well specced, with almost everything you could want including a DAB radio with 6.33” touchscreen, Bluetooth, CD player, AUX in, SD card slot, electric windows, hated adjustable door mirrors, cruise control, drivers seat with height, reach & rake adjustment, reach & rake steering column, rubber floor covering, curtain & drivers airbags, EBD, EDL, ESP, engine drag torque control, halogen main lights, rear parking sensors & hill-hold assist.
The cargo area remains with a capacity of 3.2m3 & comes with a full-height bulkhead, hardboard roof trim & painted half-height side panels, six load-lashing rings, a single near-side sliding door & two door activated lights. Measuring 1781 mm long with a wheel base of 2681 mm the left hand side sliding door is 701 mm wide by 1244 mm high & the rear tailgate door is 1185 mm wide by 1129 mm high
The 2 litre diesel engine is a peach, with plenty of power for the motorway where the addition of cruise control takes the thinking out of speed limits. The Bluetooth connection for mobiles is simple to set up & works well on the go, with the full bulk head keeping the cabin quiet especially when unladen. Top speed is 107 mph with 62 mph reached in 12 seconds. Maximum power is 10-23PS at 4,000 rpm.Combined fuel economy’s impressive, a claimed 61.4 mpg with emissions a respectable 120g/km. Around town & in traffic the Caddy is incredibly car like to drive & in it’s handling, making it a real pleasure to be in. I utilised the rear load space with a garage clear out, something every middle-aged man with a garage does at leat once a year, but it will take a Euro palette if required.
The new Caddy is very much like the old Caddy a brilliant piece of kit. It may not be the largest in it’s class, nor have the coolest dash board, but it is built brilliantly & drives just like a VW Golf.
A comfortably numb 3.75/5