Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Estate

1.5 TSI Life 5dr DSG [5 Seat/Tech Pack]

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  • Bluetooth mobile phone interface
  • Cruise control + speed limiter
  • Digital cockpit
  • Driver alert system
  • eCall emergency call system
  • Gesture control
  • Lane keeping system
  • Multi function display
  • On board computer
  • Rear view camera
  • Service interval indicator
  • Start/stop system with regenerative braking
  • We connect plus preparation
  • AppConnect (Available as no-cost option)
  • Front and rear parking sensors (Available as no-cost option)
  • Servotronic speed sensitive power steering (Available as no-cost option)
  • Tailgate with window (Available as no-cost option)
  • Electronic differential lock
  • 2 Type C USB
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Radio "Composition Colour" with 8.25" colour touch screen with 6 speakers (Available as no-cost option)
  • Anti dazzle rear view mirror
  • Automatic hazard lights activation under emergency braking
  • Automatic headlight levelling system
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Electric front windows
  • Electrically adjustable and folding door mirrors
  • Fixed side window in load/passenger compartment
  • Heat insulating windscreen
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Heated rear window
  • LED rear combination lights
  • Rear window wiper and washer system with intermittent control
  • Third high level brake light
  • Twin near side and off side sliding doors
  • Windscreen wiper with variable intermittent delay and wash wipe system
  • Black roof rails (Available as no-cost option)
  • Dimming breakaway interior rear view mirror (Available as no-cost option)
  • H7 twin halogen headlamps (Available as no-cost option)
  • Separate daytime running light (Available as no-cost option)
  • Silver sliding door rail (Available as no-cost option)
  • 12V socket in passenger compartment
  • 3 seat bench in 2nd row
  • 5 standard interior lights in passenger compartment
  • Backrest release for front passenger seat
  • Carpet floor covering in cab
  • Carpet floor covering in passenger compartment
  • Centre console high with armrests adjustable
  • Centre console with 2 cupholders
  • Door and side trim panel in fabric
  • Electrically controlled heating system
  • Folding table on front seat backrests
  • Front head restraints
  • Front passenger seat foldable
  • Height adjustable head restraints
  • Isofix on 2nd row outer seats
  • Leather gearshift knob/handle
  • Leather multifunction steering wheel
  • LED interior light in headlining
  • Lockable glove compartment with light
  • Manual adjustable lumbar support in front seats
  • Manual front seats with height adjustment
  • Reach and rake adjustable steering column
  • Rear head restraints
  • Removable waste bin with cover for cab
  • Retractable luggage compartment cover
  • Seat occupied recognition for front seats
  • Sliding trunk cover
  • Split folding/removable rear seat
  • Storage drawers under front seats
  • Sun visors with mirror and airbag label on front passenger
  • Trialog cloth upholstery
  • Air conditioning - Climatic airconditioning system - manual in cab (Available as no-cost option)
  • Overhead storage compartment (Available as no-cost option)
  • Rubber floor covering in cab (Available as no-cost option)
  • 3-point seat belts in front with pretensioner and height adjustment
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Automatic post collision braking system
  • Autonomous emergency braking front assist with pedestrian and cyclist monitoring
  • Brake assist
  • Child locks on rear doors
  • Curtain airbag for outer seats in rear
  • Direct tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Driver and front passenger airbag with front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Electric parking brake with auto hold function
  • Electronic brake force distribution
  • Engine drag torque control
  • ESP
  • First aid kit with warning triangle and safety vest
  • Front centre airbag
  • Power operated child safety locks
  • Seat belt reminder
  • Side and curtain airbag for driver and front passenger
  • Traction control system (TCS)
  • Anti theft alarm system with interior monitoring, backup horn and towing protection
  • Central locking system "Keyless-Go"
  • Electronic engine immobiliser
  • Wheel bolts unlockable anti-theft protection
  • Decorative inserts in beige birch vein
  • 16" Wien silver alloy wheels (Available as no-cost option)
  • Tyre mobility kit in lieu of spare wheel include 12V compresser and tyre sealant (Available as no-cost option)
  • HC+NOx:Not Available

  • Particles:Not Available

  • Standard Euro Emissions:EURO 6

  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb:154

  • Catalytic Convertor:Yes

  • CC:1498

  • Compression Ratio:12.5:1

  • Cylinder Layout:IN-LINE

  • Cylinders:4

  • Cylinders - Bore (mm):74.4

  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm):85.9

  • Engine Layout:FRONT TRANSVERSE


  • Gears:7 SPEED

  • Number of Valves:16

  • Transmission:SEMI-AUTO

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies:No

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb:6.8

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High:7

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High:5.7

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low:8.8

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium:6.8

  • WLTP - MPG - Comb:41.5

  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High:40.4

  • WLTP - MPG - High:49.6

  • WLTP - MPG - Low:32.1

  • WLTP - MPG - Medium:41.5

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying:No

  • Badge Engine CC:1.5

  • Badge Power:114

  • Based On ID:Not Available

  • Coin Description:TSI

  • Coin Series:Life [5 Seat/Tech]

  • Generation Mark:5

  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07:11E

  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years:12

  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years:3

  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %:84

  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %:82

  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09:5

  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %:69

  • NCAP Safety Assist %:79

  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?:No

  • Service Interval Frequency - Months:12

  • Service Interval Mileage:9300

  • Special Edition:No

  • Special Order:No

  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage:100000

  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years:3

  • Vehicle Homologation Class:M1

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs):12.4

  • Engine Power - BHP:114

  • Engine Power - KW:84

  • Engine Power - RPM:4500

  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT:162

  • Engine Torque - MKG:22.4

  • Engine Torque - NM:220

  • Engine Torque - RPM:1750

  • Top Speed:113

  • Emissions Test Cycle:WLTP

  • RDE Certification Level:RDE 2

  • Alloys?:Yes

  • Space Saver?:No

  • Tyre Size Front:205/60 R16

  • Tyre Size Rear:205/60 R16

  • Tyre Size Spare:TYRE REPAIR KIT

  • Wheel Style:WIEN

  • Wheel Type:16" ALLOY

  • Height:1800

  • Height (including roof rails):1836

  • Length:4853

  • Wheelbase:2970

  • Width:1855

  • Width (including mirrors):2100

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres):50

  • Gross Vehicle Weight:2350

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down):3105

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up):1720

  • Max. Loading Weight:676

  • Max. Roof Load:100

  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked:1400

  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked:750

  • Minimum Kerbweight:1674

  • No. of Seats:5

  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb:12.1

By Line

Volkswagen's Caddy and Caddy Life MPV models offer an interesting take on the van-based MPV theme. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Review

Van-based MPVs have, to date, failed to disguise their utilitarian roots. The Volkswagen Caddy and Caddy Life people carriers offer a rather more upmarket feel and a drive that's a good deal more spirited than most. You can have seven seats, yet in a car that's easy to park in the tightest multi-storey - and all the technology a family could want. As a compromise between relative sophistication and solid common sense, these compact Caddy people movers work extremely well.


The problem with van-based MPVs is easy to identify. It's the lingering feeling that no matter how much glazing you have around the outside, when you're behind the wheel you'll still feel as if you're delivering pizzas. No matter how hard many manufacturers have tried to get away from the light commercial origins, these vehicles can't shake off the faint whiff of deep pan pepperoni. But if you were to lay odds on anyone to crack this thorny issue, it would be Volkswagen. With a range of increasingly sophisticated passenger cars, Volkswagen has decided to sprinkle a little of that urbane charm onto the fourth generation range of its compact Caddy people carriers, van-based MPVs that aim to be cut above the norm. The challenge is to do so while still keeping prices in the ballpark that van-based MPV customers expect. It's a tougher brief than you might expect.

Driving Experience

No previous Caddy model has been better prepared to function like a car. Because no previous model has used car-like coil-sprung suspension, older generation Caddy MPVs having shared the same van-like leaf-sprung suspension as their LCV cousins. A much more sophisticated chassis also helps, the much stiffer Modular Transverse Matrix platform used on all Volkswagen's current Golf, Passat and Tiguan-sized car models. Plus there's a fresh electrically assisted power steering rack with a more direct feel. All of this is the same of course as you get with the rejuvenated current Caddy Cargo van model, though the payload of this MPV version is 100kgs lower (506kgs). The engines on offer are the same as those in the Caddy Cargo of course too. There are three - a 1.5-litre TSI petrol unit with 114PS, offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox with the Caddy and with a 7-speed DSG auto with the Caddy Life. Alternatively, there's a choice of 2.0-litre TDI diesels, one with 102PS only offered with that manual gearbox; and the other with 122PS which comes only in DSG auto form with a Caddy but can be had with either a manual or an auto with the Caddy Life. At the time of this test in Autumn 2021, Volkswagen wasn't offering this MPV design with the optional 4MOTION 4WD system you can get with the Caddy Cargo van.

Design and Build

Bet you weren't expecting a van-based MPV to look as good as this? The fourth generation Caddy Cargo van's sleeker looks translate well into this MPV model. It's offered in standard 'Caddy' and plusher 'Caddy Life' forms (the latter recognisable by 16-inch 'Wien' alloy wheels and black roof rails). And, as with the van, you get a choice of standard short wheelbase or 'Maxi' long wheelbase body styles. You'll obviously want the 'Maxi' version if you're looking for seven seats (though a third seating row can also be added into the short wheelbase variant as an option). All variants get twin side sliding doors, but those on the 'Maxi' version (844mm wide) are 143mm wider than the ones on the short wheelbase version. The ambiance up-front is very car-like. And further back, there'll obviously be a lot more seating room in the second and third rows with the Caddy Maxi's long wheelbase, which gives you an extra 353mm of length with a larger luggage area. Even with all three seating rows in place, a Caddy Maxi can offer 446-litre of space. In five-seat format, you're looking at 1,720-litres of space in the Maxi - or 1,213-litres with the standard version. Fold the second row seats and it really does get van-like, 3,105-litres of space in the Maxi - or 2,556-litres with the standard version.

Market and Model

The story here is that you get two spec levels, a basic minibus-type version (that the model badged merely 'Caddy'); or an MPV that really feels much more like a car (the 'Caddy Life'). Either way, as we said in our 'Design' section, there's the choice of either a short wheelbase model with the option of seven seats. Or a seven-seat long wheelbase 'Maxi' body style (from which you can delete the third seating row if you really don't want it). Prices start at just over £26,000 for the Caddy short wheelbase: add around £2,200 to that if you want the Caddy Life version. Many will want to find the extra £1,500 Volkswagen wants for the long 'Maxi' versions, which obviously have much more space for the third seating row. But the longer 'Maxi' shape brings the cost up of course - to around the £30,000 mark if you want a Caddy Maxi Life model, as many families will. Adding the 3rd row package into the short wheelbase model costs just over £800 more - we can't really see why you'd do that because it doesn't save much in the final analysis. With base 'Caddy' spec, you are of course limited to the basics, though they do include a 'Composition' infotainment system with a 6.5-inch centre screen, twin side sliding doors and a very complete rosta of camera safety kit. The 'Caddy Life' variants of course offer much more. As we said in our 'Design' section, visually, 'Life'-spec is marked out by 16-inch 'Wien' alloy wheels and black roof rails, plus you get LED rear tail lamps. With the 'Life' version, you also get power-folding mirrors and all-round parking sensors, while inside, there's a removable waste bin and the seats get smarter 'Trialog' upholstery and at the front, feature lumbar support and sliding drawers. 'Life'-spec gets you a bigger 8.25-inch 'Composition' central infotainment screen with 'App Connect' (enabling 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring), along with 'We Connect Plus' preparation (so that you can interact with the screen and the car using your smartphone).

Cost of Ownership

As you'd expect, this Volkswagen delivers a frugal set of running cost returns. In standard Caddy form, the short wheelbase model in 2.0 TDI 102PS manual form manages up to 58.9mpg on the combined cycle and up to 126g/km; for the 2.0 TDI 122PS DSG auto version, the figures are up to 55.4mpg and up to 134g/km. With the 1.5 TSI petrol manual model, it's up to 44.1mpg and up to 144g/km. These figures are only fractionally reduced if you choose either the 'Maxi' body shape and / or the 'Life' model spec. As for service intervals, the efficient engine range enables Volkswagen to offer service intervals spread quite far apart - every 18,600 miles or every two years, whichever comes first. Various service plans are of course available to spread the cost of maintenance. And there's a 'Service' section of the 'Vehicle' screen telling you when oil change maintenance and inspections are due. You'll need to get the 15-litre AdBlue tank topped up as part of regular servicing too. Finally, there's the three year warranty. This one gets the cover package applicable to a Volkswagen van, so the mileage limit in this period is raised from 60,000 to 100,000 miles. There's also three years of pan-European Roadside Assistance also included with no mileage restriction. The paintwork warranty lasts for three years and the Caddy is protected by a 12-year anti-corrosion body warranty.


As an exercise in managing compromise, the Caddy people carrier is a triumph. Volkswagen has managed to keep prices reasonably competitive for this type of vehicle, while at the same time injecting enough sophistication to distance it from its light commercial roots. That it has done this without compromising practicality in any significant manner marks this Caddy MPV as one for the shortlist if you're after really sensible family transport. With its neat styling and rugged utility, this is a proper multi-role vehicle, and in seven-seat guise it has more passenger space in the third row than you'd get from a seven-seat SUV costing maybe £10,000 more. In short, if you need a vehicle that can discharge some arduous family responsibilities and emerge unscathed, this one's well worth a look.

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  • First monthly rental due 30 days after delivery
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  • Excess mileage charges available on request
  • Road Fund Licence Included
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