The fourth generation Volkswagen Caddy was launched in 2010 and received a new exterior style, stronger engines and improved dynamics and functionality.
While the first generations of the Caddy were based on a stretched Polo platform, the latest two generations were built using the larger Touran platform which offers more space inside and better dynamics.
The new Volkswagen Caddy continues to have a pretty competitive price which starts from only $21.990. The vehicle competes with strong rivals such as the Ford Transit Connect, Fiat Doblo, Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Partner, but it has anything it takes to stack up with success against all of them.
To be able to satisfy the need of a wide range of customers the Volkswagen Caddy is offered with numerous engine options and GVWs (gross vehicle weight) of up to 2247 kg.
Viewed from the outside, the 2010 Caddy is simple yet stylish. The latest generation looks without a doubt much better than the old model as it received a totally fresh exterior design.
The most striking improvement is the new grille which follows the latest design language initiated by the German manufacturer in the latest years.
The big headlights are also new and now have a more dynamic style which gives the vehicle a touch of sportiness. The new bumper is as robust as the old one, but it features a cleaner style which gels better with the overall design. As the previous model, the new bumper continues to host a big central air intake and two circular fog lights.
In order to be more practical, the Volkswagen Caddy is also equipped with sliding lateral doors and roof-high rear wing doors with windows divided 2/3 to 1/3 that can easily be held in place when open.
Step inside and you’ll find the best interior in this class. The overall design is modern and after you’ll start to analyze every detail you will understand pretty fast that Volkswagen put to work all its experience gained with passenger cars to offer a fairly ergonomic design.
Needless to say that you are also welcomed by acres of space and the materials feel better than expected, given the vehicle’s price and its utilitarian nature. There are even a few pleasant to touch plastics and the fittings are also part of the first class being better than anything else found in this segment. Even the most insignificant bits of plastic have been carefully fitted and fastened to create a cabin that feels really solid.
The center console is fitted with a bunch of useful controls and despite the numerous functions the layout is uncluttered and easy to understand, a trait that was always present in Volkswagen’s vehicles.
Continuing the simple and elegant style of the dashboard, the instrument cluster has a clean design and it’s fitted with two big gauges and a central information display which keeps you posted on different vehicle stats.
The seats are slightly better than the other competitors in this class and feel fairly comfortable, as they offer proper back and under thigh support. They are also plenty of useful adjustments which will help you get cozy behind the steering wheel. Talking about the steering wheel, it’s among the most comfortable models you’ll probably find in the segment and can be also adjusted for both reach and rake.
The straight road visibility is pretty good too, as the windscreen and lateral windows are big enough to keep you well informed at any time. On the other hand, the rear visibility is compromised due to the fact that the rear doors feature a 60/40 split and the bulkhead is 40/60 limiting the visibility.
The Volkswagen Caddy comes pretty well kitted with remote central locking, heat reflective glass, power steering and a large overhead storage tray. You won’t complain about storage either, as there’s a spacious glove box, sizeable door bins, dashboard-top trays and cup holders.
Engines and performance
There are three diesel engines available for the Volkswagen Caddy which develop 75 hp, 102 hp and 140 hp with maximum torques of 225 Nm, 250 Nm and 320 Nm, respectively. The engines are mated on five or six speed manual transmissions, but it is also offered a 7 speed automatic transmission which is available only for the 102 hp engine.
The DSG versions are significantly quicker than manuals, and they are also easier to drive. On the other hand, the gearbox still has the traditional DSG delay when going between drive and reverse and the momentary lag as the turbo spools up, but if you’ll floor the go pedal, the vehicle can gain speed pretty fast without thinking twice.
Apart from these conventional power units, the Volkswagen Caddy is also offered with a 109 hp Eco fuel Euro 5 engine which uses natural gas. This engine may not be as lively as its diesel siblings, but it has a pretty generous torque of 160 Nm which is more than enough to cope without problems with the city traffic. The CNG Caddy is fitted with a five speed manual gearbox which offers a good response and it’s also fairly smooth.
Volkswagen Caddy Engines Specifications
|1968cc||140 @4200||320@1500-2500|| Diesel|
Ride and handling
Due to its utilitarian character, the Caddy’s ride is pretty bouncy, but it isn’t that bad to be called uncomfortable. Thanks to its hard suspensions it can also deal pretty well with corners as the body roll is perfectly kept in check.
You’ll also like the responsive power steering which is nicely weighted and enables you to drive the vehicle fairly easy at both low and high speeds.
Brakes aren’t a problem either as you can rely on them with confidence. Moreover, the Volkswagen Caddy is the only vehicle in its class which offers standard ABS and ESP and it’s also available with front and side airbags being among the safest models in the business.
The latest generation Volkswagen Caddy is nothing short of excellent and seems like Volkswagen has another winner in its hand. The new exterior design is simple yet modern offering a perfect balance between style and functionality.
The standard sliding doors are also welcomed and enhance the vehicle’s functionality. Not to mention about the top notch interior which is by far the best you’ll be able to find on today’s market.
Luckily you won’t have major complains about the engines lineup either and there is also a CNG version for those of you who want a better efficiency.
It’s true that the Caddy’s price isn’t the smallest in the business and the spare parts are slightly more expensive than other players from the market, but it worth every penny and it’s also reliable to the core.