New 2010 model Volkswagen Caddy
As standard across the Volkswagen Caddy range launched in November 2010 you get ESP, ABS, TCS (all about traction control), driver’s airbag, power steering that works harder the slower you are driving, remote central locking, a CD stereo with an input for your MP3 player. A nifty safety feature is the hazard lights that come on automatically when you slam the brakes on – great idea!
Sitting next to the new Volkswagen Transporter you can clearly see the family resemblance, the five different versions of the Volkswagen Caddy have not gone up in price compared to the previous models. Available straight away are the Volkswagen Caddy C20 and C20+ (which has a larger payload) small panel vans, the bigger, Caddy Maxi van, the Caddy Maxi window van and the Caddy Maxi MPV – which we knew previously as the Life.
In addition to the 75 and 102PS 1.6 litre diesels, you can also specify your Caddy with a 2-litre TDI engine rated at 110PS and a whopping 140PS.
For the environmental wizards amongst the van-buying public, there are two Caddys with VW’s BlueMotion Technology. These models achieve an improved fuel consumption through a combination of green wizardry - a stop/start system, which comes into its own in busy traffic, regenerative braking which charges the battery and means that the alternator does not need to sap the engine power to charge the battery. Even the wheel arches are more aerodynamic than the standard van, thanks to the addition of spoilers. More expensive, special tyres pus ‘hill hold assist’ and cruise control compete the package. Surprisingly, the 102 PS rather than the 75 PS model has the lowest CO2 figure of all of the new Volkswagen Caddy vans at 134g/km.
The new Caddy now has the option of the VW group’s excellent seven-speed DSG gearbox – effectively an automatic without any of the downsides of a traditional automatic gearbox. Volkswagen has also added the option of their 4MOTION four-wheel drive system for some Caddy models.
The Mark 2 Caddy 2004 -2010
For details of the newest version of the Caddy search for Volkswagen Caddy on the buy a van tab of the vanlocator website.
The predecessor to the current 2010 Caddy was launched as far back as 2004 in the UK. It was the first time VW entered the small panel van market with a vehicle designed as a commercial vehicle from the ground up, rather than a car-derived van. As a result, the second generation Caddy was roomier with higher payloads than the original car-derived model. The engine range of the Caddy was a market improvement over the original model, in terms of size of range available and the performance of the engines themselves.
Volkswagen had clearly put some effort into the design of the Caddy, using a ‘monobox’ shape. With a load area of 3.2cu m, the Caddy is towards the top of the class and a definite improvement over the previous version of the Caddy – by a whopping 300 litres! At the time of launch, VW claimed that it was “more practical in most key areas than its direct competitors such as the Citroen Berlingo, Renault Kangoo, Fiat Doblo, Vauxhall Combo and Ford Transit Connect swb.”
The sliding floor at the side of the Caddy is a standard feature – plus it is wider than most of the competition at 70cm and you can specify a second side loading door. As standard the Volkswagen Caddy comes with a split rear door – one bigger than the other to make loading easier. Van buyers can specify an up-and-over tailgate if their application suits that type of door better – it also helps to keep you dry when it is raining! To justify the higher retail price than many competitors, little extras, such as a rear wash/wipe system and heating elements are included as standard on the Caddy.
With a 724kg payload and a towing capacity approaching one and a half tonnes, the Caddy should be up to most things a van operator can throw at it.
Whilst the VW Caddy has been designed as a commercial vehicle from the ground up, it obviously shares many components with its passenger car counterparts, such as the Golf. Why would you reinvent items such as plastic bumpers and dash trim when you use literally thousands of them every day already on your production lines.
The flat loading floor can fit a Euro pallet easily, with six hidden lashing points to tie them down.
The Caddy's dashboard is clean and neat with plenty of places to put your drinks and paperwork. On top of the usual voluminous glove compartment and trays on top of the dashboard, the Caddy has extra storage in the roof lining to put the van driver’s paperwork. If you drink form the larger 1.5 litre water bottles these will fit in the holders, rather than rolling around the floor of the van. If the van driver and passenger are extra thirsty, there are no fewer than 4 drinks holders inside the Caddy.
The second generation Caddy (the one winding down at the end of 2010) was available with two diesel engines - a 2-litre SDI rated at 69 PS and a 1.9-litre turbocharged TDI rated at 104 PS. Volkswagen have added the PD moniker to the Caddy description to let us all know that the vans have their Pumpen Dose fuel system – basically efficient German engineering. It is the first time the PD technology has been applied to a non-turbo engine. Although the smaller Caddy has just 69PS, it has an top speed of 88mph with a 0-60mph time of 20.5 seconds – not going to win any races, but enough for the job in hand.
The engine in the more powerful 104PS Caddy was first seen in the Touran and Golf and gives the Caddy a maximum speed of 103 mph; and a 0-60mph time of just 13.3 seconds – much more impressive if you are a boy racer.
All Caddys come with a five-speed manual transmission, although van buyers can upgrade to the semi-auto DSG gearbox if you have the more powerful 104PS engine. The secret to the system is twin clutches – both automatic.
As far as the Caddy driver is concerned, he can simply leave the van in ‘drive’ or can shift manually sequentially – like a motorbike gearbox or F1 racing car.
To make the driver’s life easier still, the Caddy is the first van to use electro-mechanical power steering. Seen in some VW cars, the power steering puts in more effort when the van is not moving or going slowly – reducing the assistance when travelling at speeds to make the feeling of the steering more direct.
What comes as Standard?
On the Caddy, your standard kit includes ABS, TCS, EBC (Engine Braking Control), CD player, driver's airbag, remote central locking, adjustable steering wheel, full-height bulkhead, heat reflective glass, power steering, immobiliser, steering lock, load liner, side sliding door. There are, of course a list of options as long as your arm for the VW Caddy. To make the choice of options easier to inderstand, VW have grouped them into ‘packs’, such as the visibility pack, a variety of door packs plus Satnav, cruise, alloys, and climate control.
Although the Caddy is a van, it still has lots of standard safety features. ABS brakes, traction control (TCS) and engine braking control (EBC) all fitted as standard. The driver gets an airbag as standard, but you can specify a passenger one as well – you can go the whole hog and specify side curtains too.
Stopping the Caddy being stolen is the remote central locking with deadlocks plus an immobiliser as standard, - added cost options include an alarm with tow-away protection.