Drive – Volkswagen Caddy Review

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yet thriftier engine

Improved ambience

Swallows bodies of with ease


No airbags

Clumsy in car parks and traffic

Lots of road

Oddball looks

The last a Volkswagen Caddy Life our place, my daughters labelled it Pat’s van”. They on board, thrilled this be their school bus for the week.

But a few on, the Caddy Maxi Life despite a substantial midlife – has fallen foul of fashion.

”Mum tooted me in of the whole of year 7, I was so embarrassed!” my 13-year-old (going on 18) in high Admittedly, not the most objective of We’ll get on with that

Price and equipment

The Maxi is the long-wheelbase version of VW’s people-mover. Based on the Caddy van, it has new direct-injection turbo engines, a fresh corporate and a higher-quality interior.


The Maxi Life TDI250, $39,990 (plus on-road and costs), is powered by a 75kW/250Nm four-cylinder engine. However, we are the $41,990 TDI320 flagship, comes with a 2.0-litre producing 103kW and 320Nm. The transmission is a DSG dual-clutch automatic, seven speeds for the TDI250 and six for the


The Maxi Life has seats, arranged in a 2-3-2


Standard equipment on model includes dual-zone CD audio, reach- and rake-adjustable steering wheel, cruise powered front windows, door mirrors, 16-inch wheels and roof rails. A spare wheel is standard. navigation is a new $2990 option.


The TDI320’s pricing the premium is for the better drivetrain puts it up against substantial including Drive’s People of the Year, the Honda Odyssey, and appealing C4 Picasso.


As a the Maxi Life has a fundamental curtain airbags are simply This omission alone put plenty of people off.

A four-star NCAP crash rating, albeit a European on a left-hand-drive model, isn’t reassuring either.


given the lack of airbags, the Life has foglamps with an cornering function. Stability is standard.

Under the bonnet

The Maxi TDI320’s new direct-injection engine is a forward from its 1.9-litre


It’s quieter, refined, much more and slightly more economical.

Officially, it’s rated at 6.5 per 100 kilometres and our result came out at a 7.3L/100km. That’s not bad considering hauling 1715 kilograms.

That hefty kerb doesn’t seem to hinder too much, even when loaded. Having 320Nm in from 1500rpm certainly with that.


The DSG in our test car is a good example of the There was little of the shuffling and at low speeds apparent in some almost imperceptible shifts at and braking support down


Turbo lag was noticeable, with full boost with a kick at slow

How it drives

The Maxi Life’s works for it as a load hauler but it in town.


The extra 470 in length compared with the Life, plus small windows, make it harder to accurately into parking and to judge heavy traffic Rear parking sensors are


New electro-mechanical steering is to operate at low speed, positively to centre unassisted.


the MacPherson strut front-end the Golf hatch with a solid axle rear the Caddy Life sharp But there’s also a tendency for the to bounce and bang around on the stuff.


Road noise is inside on any surface. There’s plenty of wind noise the right-hand mirror once reach about 100km/h.

and practicality

At nearly 1.8 metres 4.9 metres long and more 1.8 metres high, the Maxi is a big and spacious truck.


will fit in all three rows, it gets progressively tighter the back you go.


Access to two and three is easy via sliding The boot has a low loading height but a tailgate requires muscle to


The middle row is a two-seat and single bucket that and tumble forward. Row three is a bench seat that forward. Both rows are but two people and some heavy are required.

Make the effort, though, and space opens to an astounding litres. With all seats in it’s still a sizeable 530


Storage for smaller is good. There are overhead and bins, six cup holders and door The lid of the centre console bin slides and aft to create a handy driver’s on longer trips.


The is a nicer place to be, with the of exposed metal and hard reduced. The build quality of the Caddy seems good.

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