The Volkswagen Caddy is a compact sized panel van that competes for trade with a bunch of very respectable rivals including the Fiat Doblo Cargo, Ford Transit Connect and Mercedes Citan.
The popular Volkswagen commercial has been on the market in its current guise since 2015, and although it`s very similar to the previous generation, the Caddy for sale today features an array of technology advancements including new safety kit and updated infotainment choices.
As you would expect, the VW Caddy range comprises a wide range of bodystyles and formats, with longer wheelbase versions badged as the Caddy Maxi. You can buy the Caddy as a window van, and if you want a utilitarian people mover there`s a choice of the five-seater Caddy Combi and the plusher five- or seven-seat Caddy Life which feels more like a proper MPV.
There`s a decent range of diesel and petrol engines in the Caddy line, all of which meet Euro 6 emissions standards. The diesel line-up comprises three versions of a 2.0 TDI engine making 74bhp, 101bhp and 148bhp respectively. The two more powerful units can be matched with a dual-clutch automated gearbox, while the entry level diesel is manual only. The story is repeated with a trio of 1.0 litre and 1.4-litre petrols, with auto an option on the bigger engine only.
There`s a trio of Caddy trim levels too, and the range kicks off with the Caddy Startline which features Front Assist with City Emergency Braking, a five-inch touchscreen for the DAB radio/CD player, electric windows and mirrors and a single sliding side door. Move up to the Caddy Trendline and you get climate control, cruise, a height adjustable driver seats and body colour bumpers.
The range-topping Caddy Highline comes with VW`s Discover Media Navigation system, fog lamps, auto headlamps and alloy wheels. If the environment is more of an issue for your company, then the Bluemotion option delivers increased efficiency from tyres with lower roll resistance, start/stop and regenerative braking.
Although the current VW Caddy looks a lot like its predecessor and is built on the same platform, it`s passenger car-derived running gear and technology has done a lot to keep the van at the head of the pack.