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HAV­ING re­cently said good­bye to the seven-seater Caddy Alltrack that was used largely by the film and cam­era crews of CAR, our new long-term range top­ping Alltrack ar­rived in five-seater guise. This time round, it will have more of a dual-pur­pose role: still the go-to ve­hi­cle for our cam­era crew, but now also do­ing service as a fam­ily car.

This Caddy ar­rived with handy op­tional ex­tras, in­clud­ing a removable tow­bar and front-rear park-dis­tance con­trol. Hav­ing pre­vi­ously spent a year driv­ing a Pas­sat mated with a DSG gear­box, I’ve been pleased to note that this sixspeed DSG matches the smooth­ness and re­fine­ment of the Pas­sat’s trans­mis­sion.

The Alltrack is of­fered only as a short-wheel­base model and, whereas that does mean less in­te­rior space, it gives the ve­hi­cle a more pur­pose­ful ap­pear­ance and should at­tract buy­ers look­ing for all-round fam­ily prac­ti­cal­ity and good looks sel­dom found in van-based com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles.

Space is ob­vi­ously a key re­quire­ment for this tar­get mar­ket and this Caddy has plenty of it, with a large, deep boot of­fer­ing 1 095 litres of pack­ing space be­hind the sec­ond row of seats (1 781 litres with these seats re­moved). To add to its prac­ti­cal­ity, that sec­ond row can be folded all the way for­ward if re­moval is too much of a has­sle. The cabin is re­fined and the clever use of chrome in­serts give it a feel of so­phis­ti­ca­tion that matches a num­ber of com­pact SUVS and crossovers. There are also many con­ve­nient stor­age ar­eas, in­clud­ing a large shelf above the front pas­sen­gers and slid­ing draw­ers un­der the front seats. The slid­ing doors are stan­dard and have proved ex­tremely use­ful when do­ing the school run in con­gested and tight spa­ces, as has the stan­dard hill­hold con­trol.

The punchy 2,0-litre TDI de­liv­ers 103 kw and 320 N.m of torque, and is prov­ing rel­a­tively fru­gal; to date, we have man­aged an ur­ban con­sump­tion of 8,01 L/100km against the man­u­fac­turer’s claim of 7,5 L/100km. The Alltrack comes stan­dard with cruise con­trol, which will def­i­nitely help lower con­sump­tion on the open road, en­abling the Caddy to nudge close to the claimed ex­tra-ur­ban fig­ure of 5,4.

To date, most of the driv­ing has been round town and I look for­ward to spend­ing more time be­hind the wheel of the Caddy on the open road, fully laden to ap­pre­ci­ate the re­fine­ment and ver­sa­til­ity it prom­ises.


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