VW allows you to shape the ideal van for your needs, PETER BARNWELL writes
VW has been making light commercials for more than 60 years, which gives it a wealth of experience in the delivery vehicle game. A new generation
just come through with arrival the gen four Caddy small van numerous derivatives and two wheelbases, and bigger T6 range even more derivatives wheelbases along with a choice in roof heights. There are so many variants so
option packs available for both Caddy and the that you could virtually tailor make your van a specific requirement. It may take bit of time to roll down assembly line though, oh, cost bit too.
The Caddy, from $28,990 in twoseat van, five-seat crew and seven
Maxi has a firm foothold Australia and rests at the top of the tree in small van land, as well as accounting for good few people mover sales Caddy Maxi-van guise.
That’s because it been loyal and reliable servant to thousands of working people over the years.
The latest generation is built on a new shared VW platform used across a wide range of vehicles. It brings with it much more stylish exterior and better interior, with access to truly astonishing array options for comfort, safety practicality.
The big news, apart from diesel power becoming available next year, is the adoption of a new 1.4-litre Bluemotion turbo petrol fourcylinder engine with 92kW and 220Nm output. Engine stop/start regenerative braking are featured.
Most important to delivery drivers is the level of torque (pulling power) from this at a low 1500rpm. It makes dash/dart city driving easier as well as aiding load carrying.
And it’s economical, too, using lot less fuel than the previous and less powerful 1.2. The new donk can achieve a combined fuel consumption figure of as little as 6.0-litres/100km in base model manual. It rises a bit with the larger vans but the sevenspeed DSG manumatic transmission helps keep it down to around 6.5.
Load capacity in the working van is between 773kg 841kg depending on the model and wheelbase.
All Caddies get some advanced safety kit, including multi-collision braking, which autonomously brakes vehicle after you’ve had a prang. There’s also fatigue detection that monitors how you drive and warns if it thinks are on the blink.
Because it’s based VW’s new small car platform, Caddy gets better steering braking along with superior ride from independent front and rigid axle with leaf spring rear suspension.
Cruise control is standard but a reverse camera optional on the working vans, people movers. A would be handy for the workers too.
The interior looks better and has some passenger car style function elements, but is still cheap looking and hard. That could a good thing for a working vehicle that may never benefit from being cleaned.
VW has fitted plenty of handy kit inside the cabin, such as the roof bins and numerous storage compartments
bottle holders. Depending on model, there’s a not bad infotainment system through to pretty good one. They have gone down the phone streaming path for satnav though.
The exterior is much improved, with more angles and smarter grille.
new VW Caddy offers plenty of performance from plucky 1.4litre engine. We didn’t get a drive in the manual but the seven-speed DSG is a cracking good device delivering crisp gear changes at right time.
It gets off mark smartly and from behind wheel, feels much like Golf with cheap interior.
Ride quality is impressive empty or partially loaded on our brief test drive, the working Caddy was registering a measly 7.4 litres/100km in mostly city driving.
It’s easy to operate, has logicallyplaced switches and really, would be a relatively pleasant environment to spend your working days.