Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Life 1.9 TDI DSG | CARkeys

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When the conversation turns to you occasionally hear people that the ones which can seven people can’t carry all their luggage at the time. To me, this has always rather unfair, since unreasonable to expect that one would have all that space.

In fact this always true – not in the case of the Volkswagen Caddy Life. Since the Caddy is through Volkswagen’s Van Centre it may have escaped your so a word of explanation is perhaps in the current Caddy was launched as a van in March 2004, and the Caddy MPV derivative came along summer. In February 2008 introduced the Caddy Maxi, was a whopping 18 inches longer the standard version, while the Maxi Life MPV you see here a month later.

Those 18 inches make the world of difference. Tall often talk about a car to see if they can sit behind themselves in other words, if they can sit immediately behind the driver’s once they have it to their own liking.

Sometimes possible, sometimes it isn’t. The Maxi Life is one of the very few in which I can sit behind myself . Forget all that talk you hear about occasional seats – the ones in the row are full-sized items (with, proper access so you don’t to clamber around to reach which means that the Life is unquestionably suitable for seven large adults.

And I do large. There’s a storage running the entire width of the above the heads of the driver and seat passenger, but the top of my head come close to touching it, and six foot three. There’s no obstruction in the second or third so unless your name is Stadnyk your hair is to come into contact the roof lining.

Even with seven on board, the Maxi Life has 530 litres of luggage space True, this is partly the thing is so tall, and that is largely vertical, but there’s a fair boot of room the third-row seats. Once you folding those seats, and the ahead of them, the statistics awe-inspiring – Volkswagen a massive 3900 litres the Caddy has been converted to form.

What you then end up is essentially a van, of course, and one which you might just be able to move house. And you could put the seats up again and quite a lot of your friends to the party.

If you’re worried about the van don’t be.

Apart from its which obliges you to be accurate reversing (the optional parking sensors are a sensible at £245), the Maxi Life is easy to drive, with controls and a reasonably car-like position.

Surprisingly, it also quite perky, and doesn’t being whisked along roads, though I’m this from experience of driven one unladen; with people and/or a lot of luggage on it will no doubt feel a lot cumbersome.

There are two engine One is the 138bhp 2.0 TDI turbo diesel, and the as tested here, is the older 1.9 producing 103bhp. That enough for the job, though it would be a different story if you it with people or stuff. The 2.0 much better performance and has similar official combined economy (44.1mpg) and CO2 (169g/km) though it also adds to the price and sends the insurance up Group 6 to Group 8.

(A note here for trivia the 1.9 TDI is often quoted as having power of 104bhp in Volkswagen cars, so where has the last gone? Well, in commercial applications the engine comes in a different state of tune, more power lower the rev range and a little less up. Strictly speaking, the Maxi isn’t a commercial vehicle, but it the commercial engine anyway, the 103bhp rating.

I’m to have troubled you with but I asked Volkswagen about the – just to pass the really – and the PR department embarked on such a frenzy of calls that I thought better do the decent thing and the answer. I’ll try not to cause amount of fuss in future.)

The 1.9 and 2.0 TDIs normally have and six-speed manual gearboxes but the 1.9 can also be specified with the twin-clutch DSG, which care of the changes for you (though you can gears manually if you prefer). not sure that this is a move; the 1.9 DSG is fractionally quicker the manual – like really matters – and less economical at 40.4mpg It also costs £1500 and personally I’d stick the manual at £15,995.

Apart the rear parking sensors mentioned, the test car came metallic paint, 205/55 on 16 alloy wheels, rear glass and basic satellite with a monochrome display, added a total of £1345 to the

There are plenty more the most expensive being navigation with a colour and DVD mapping covering the whole of Europe, which on its own costs

You can also have towbars fixed or removable towballs), ESP (including a trailer stabilising all-weather tyres, heated seats and a height-adjustable passenger with a drawer underneath it, in case the vast amount of space available as standard doesn’t satisfy your

The Caddy Maxi Life is an unusual vehicle, and not many are going to be able to make use of it. For those who are, though, a splendid piece of work, and I wish my lifestyle was more to it so that I could wander to my local Volkswagen Van Centre and an order.

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