Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Car Review – Auto Trader UK

26 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Car Review – Auto Trader UK

Volkswagen Caddy

Maxi car

First Drive

The Volkswagen Maxi is an up-market, van-based carrier which first in Britain during 2008.

It between Volkswagen#8217;s Touran and people carriers, and has few direct although Fiat#8217;s now rather Doblo is one less expensive as is Peugeot#8217;s even bigger Teepee.

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Now the Caddy has been given a serious with big changes to the styling, decor and a new range of diesel

The Caddy Maxi#8217;s mix of commercial space and car-like creature remains as before, but in a refined, guise.

The vehicle#8217;s premium carry a premium price.

Family face

Externally, has given the Caddy a new front with tapering headlamps bring it visually into with the Golf, Polo and The end result is less utilitarian before. Tail lamps also been mildly there are new alloy wheels and mild styling revisions.

the uncluttered, big-box-on-wheels look

Inside, changes are subtle and low The dashboard, with its rounded looks familiar, but has been and the driver is confronted with changes, such as a new centre

Volkswagen pioneered high finishes and plastics with its and the Caddy is no exception. Some materials have been but everything its occupants touch has a feel. Hard, cheap are few and far between.

Practical space

The Caddy#8217;s big, well-shaped have been redesigned. The row bench remains slightly than the others, so that don#8217;t feel claustrophobic. this is a decent amount of space #8211; something seven-seat people carriers #8211; and any adults forced the rear-most seats will be surprised at how spacious their bit of the is.

The three middle occupants even more room, and two big side doors rear is excellent.

The systems for folding, or removing the solidly build are very simple. In the old Caddy, the row could only be folded. Now removable too, but all the rear weight makes them to haul about.

Do this and the interior offers 3,880 of space -enough for a wardrobe or freezer.

The Caddy is also with cleverly conceived space, including neat mounted nets and a large above the windscreen.

Quieter, quicker, cleaner

has been quietly retiring its 1.9-litre diesel engines in of seriously upgraded 2-litre which feature the turbocharged, rail fuel injection the company has made to work so

The latest engines are certainly and smoother than their In the Caddy Maxi they#8217;re with 108 or 138bhp. These are to either six-speed manual or semi-automatic transmissions.

There are 1.6-litre, 73 and 102bhp diesels, either manual gearboxes or DSGs. The smaller engines the Caddy along remarkably – we drove a higher output Caddy, and to start with, it was a 2-litre. Acceleration isn#8217;t but feels brisk enough, and the is delivered at low engine speeds, so the rarely sound strained.

The 2-litre builds on these and have strong torque or power characteristics, without to work especially hard. torque comes in from 2,000 revs, making cars relaxed motorway that offer easily overtaking power when

Both DSG transmissions were fire when changing but the 1.6s in particular seemed a bit to kick down to lower when the accelerator is shoved the carpet.

Performance wise the output 2-litre gets  to 62 in under 11 seconds, and will top It returns a combined 46-and-a-bit whilst producing 161g/km of CO2 in form. The DSG ads another 5g/km of CO2 and about two mpg more fuel.

For the minded, there will be 1.6s with stop/start technology and other energy tweaks. These produce per km and return a claimed 55.4mpg.

On the road

The power steering now has assistance -it#8217;s more and is very light, but perfectly Cornering is tidy and surprisingly the ride firm-but-civillised. In fact, the Maxi has van-friendly cart rear suspension, which is for load lugging, but can provide road manners.

However, the hides this well.

sits high and enjoys views, which is good for the Less good is the Caddy#8217;s of broadness, noticable on narrow and a forest of thick pillars some blind spots, its reversing sensors very

Given the Caddy#8217;s shed-sized wind noise is surprisingly and a lack of engine and tyre also contribute to a civillised

Other changes

All the Caddy#8217;s meet Euro 5 emission There#8217;s now a hill hold for the a newly developed electronic programme system, upgraded control, sat nav and hi-fi. Controls for the can be found on the car#8217;s redesigned wheel.

The end result is an attractive, thought out and quietly classy vehicle, that exudes a quality. This does not it cheap however, with level prices of £19,045 to £26,690 for the all-wheel-drive 4Motion.


Model tested: Volkswagen Maxi 2.0TDI DSG

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