Volkswagen has just announced its fourth generation Caddy commercial and passenger van. Going on sale in March and hitting German dealerships in June, the updated van gets a host of design, safety, and mechanical upgrades for the 2016 model year.

Outwardly, the new look is apparent, picking up Volkswagen’s corporate design language. The twin-bar grille and classy headlights set stage for what is perhaps the best looking compact van on the global market. Inside, things have been upgraded as well. Taking after other VW products, the Caddy’s interior is simple yet elegant, getting small dashes of chrome to accent the otherwise black cabin.

Volkswagen is offering an impressive range of diesel and gasoline engine with horsepower numbers ranging from 74 up to 148. Both a manual and VW’s DSG transmissions are available.

Sadly, Volkswagen won’t likely be bringing the new 2016 Caddy to the U.S., though the compact van market is rather hot these days. With its graceful new looks and powerful yet efficient engines, the Caddy would likely give its competition a tough fight if it crossed the pond.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Volkswagen Caddy.

  • 2016 Volkswagen Caddy
  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Transmission:
    Six-speed DSG
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    74
  • Energy:
    turbodiesel
  • Displacement:
    2.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    11.0 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    130 mph (Est.)
  • Layout:
    front engine, FWD
  • car segment:
  • body style:

Exterior

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The Volkswagen Caddy moves into its fourth generation for 2016 with a new outward appearance. The look is heavily inspired by VW’s current corporate design language, which utilized a thin front grille with twin chrome bars running horizontally towards the headlights. A larger lower grille gets a single horizontal bar with optional fog lights.

Around the side, the Caddy offers several window options including a full window-delete. Conversely, the passenger version offers windows on the side sliding doors, at the quarter panels, and on the rear gate. Several wheel options are also available, including the standard steelies up to the optional 10-spoke alloys.

Interior

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Things inside the Caddy are quite surprising. The level of luxury is jaw dropping, especially when compared to the compact van offerings found in the U.S. like the Nissan NV200. Like the outside, the interior borrows heavily from the current VW design theme. A three-spoke steering wheels gets redundant controls and leather coverings in upper trim levels, while the dash houses an infotainment screen. A leather shift boot dresses up the center console and the seats are moderately bolstered and stitched with VW’s suede-like cloth.

The new Caddy also offers a ton of active and passive safety features, including Adaptive Cruise Control, rearview camera, Park Assist, heated windshield, Light Assist, Driver Alert, and VW’s Multi-collision Brake System. The latter automatically applies the brakes after a collision in order to prevent the vehicle from continuing forward and hitting more objects should the driver become incapacitated.

Cargo versions of the Caddy offer plenty of room behind the front two seats while the passenger version holds room for five. At this point, VW has not mentioned offering the extended wheelbase version Caddy, the Maxi Life.

Drivetrain

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Volkswagen has no shortage of optional engines under the Caddy’s hood. Basically it boils down to an EU5 and EU6-rated set of 2.0-liter turbodiesel four-cylinders with three performance ranges each, along with three gasoline engines– totaling nine options.

The EU5 diesel engines offer 74-, 100-, and 138-horsepower options, each with varying degrees of efficiency. Similarly, the EU6-compliant engine offers a similar 74- and 100-horsepower option, along with a more powerful 148-horsepower option.

On the gasoline side, VW offers a 1.2-liter four-cylinder TSI with 82 horsepower, the 1.0-liter three-cylinder TSI with 100 horsepower, and the 1.4-liter TSI four-cylinder with 123 horsepower.

All nine engine configurations are available with both a conventional manual transmission or VW’s popular DSG.

Prices

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Volkswagen has not announced pricing at this time, but expect it to remain close to the current Caddy’s starting price of €14,780, or roughly $16,963 at current exchange rates.

Competition

Nissan NV200

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The Nissan NV200 is a similar-sized van as the Caddy and is also powered by a four-cylinder. The NV200, however, only comes with one engine option here in the U.S.: the 2.0-liter gasoline engine making 131 horsepower and 139 pound-feet of torque. It’s mated to Nissan’s Xtronic CVT.

The NV200 is a truly global van, with units sold all over the world, including the states. Starting prices begin at $20,720 and rise with added options.

Ford Transit Connect

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Like the NV200, the Transit Connect is a truly global van. Unlike the Nissan, the Transit Connect is a halfway decent-looking van, much like the VW Caddy. Both the Ford and VW bring higher levels of refinement and passenger comfort than other vans in the market.

The Ford comes with a couple powertrain options. The base engine is the 2.5-liter four-cylinder making 169 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque. The optional mill is the 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder with 178 horses and 184 pound-feet of toqure. Both engines are more powerful than Nissan’s offering.

Prices for the Ford Transit Connect start a bit higher, however, at $22,330.

Conclusion

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Volkswagen appears to have a rather respectable compact van on its hands, and by the looks of things, the U.S. is missing out. A slew of engine options – though some are on the puny side – and two transmission choices mean customers get the right powertrain setup for their application. Offered both in cargo and passenger configurations, the Caddy brings a lot to the table.

With the ordering books opening in March and vans arriving at dealers by June, the all-new, fourth generation, Volkswagen Caddy makes its appearance for 2016 sporting a starting price right at $17,000.

  • Leave it
    • Not offered in the U.S.
    • Most engines lack significant power
    • No word on the extended-length version yet

Press Release

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has unveiled the fourth-generation of its hugely popular Caddy. The third-generation model recorded more than 1.5 million sales around the world during its eleven-year production – a success that the latest generation Caddy urban delivery van, and its passenger carrying brother, intends to continue.

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The Caddy’s drive systems use state-of-the-art technology, with new EU6 engines providing improved efficiency. The Caddy range is powered by new 2.0-litre, four cylinder diesel engines. The performance range includes: 55 kW / 75 PS, 75 kW / 102 PS, and the top-of-the-range engine a 110 kW / 150 PS. Recording the lowest fuel consumption is the Caddy Blue Motion panel van, specially developed for inner-city deliveries: “With its low fuel consumption of less than four litres per 100 kilometres (70+ mpg), the new Caddy sets a new standard,” explained Dr. Eckhard Scholz, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.

The new Caddy range will also be available with quiet, refined 2.0-litre, four cylinder EU5 diesel engines: 55 kW / 75 PS, 75 kW / 102 PS and 103 kW / 140 PS.

In its fourth-generation, the Caddy shines in its class for having a high level of safety features. Numerous new safety and comfort features protect the occupants and support the driver. “To achieve this, we have incorporated a large number of driver assistance systems, which are unmatched in the urban delivery van segment”, said Hans-Joachim Rothenpieler, Member of the Board for Technical Development of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.

One of these is the ‘Front Assist’ surroundings monitoring system, including City Emergency Braking. If the driver fails to see an obstacle below a speed of

30 km/h (19 mph), the system automatically applies the brakes, aiming to prevent any collisions. In the passenger carrying variant, Caddy Life, occupants are protected by the use of side and curtain airbags.

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Approximately 22 per cent of all accidents involving injuries are collisions with more than one obstacle. In order to minimise the risk related to this scenario, the award-winning Multi-collision Brake System is included as standard in the new Caddy. After a collision, it automatically initiates braking if the driver is no longer able to take action.

Other options which are now available include the ‘Light Assist’ and ‘Driver Alert’ systems.

The latter recognises any deviations from normal driving behaviour and recommends to the driver when a break is necessary. Also available is the option of a heated windscreen, which helps to ensure a permanently good view, no matter the weather.

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For the first time on Caddy, there is the option of Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), which is active at speeds of 0-160 km/h (0-100 mph) with DSG or 30 to 160 km/h (19-100 mph) with a manual transmission – and uses radar sensors to monitor the distance and relative speed to vehicles in front. When used in conjunction with DSG, the ACC system can also slow the vehicle down, for example in queues or traffic jam situations, to a complete stop.

In combination with the Composition Colour and Composition Media radios and with the Discover Media radio-navigation system, customers are able to order a reversing camera. The optional ’Park Assist’ system enables automated parallel parking as well as parking at right-angles to the carriageway – an especially practical feature for courier services.

An evolution of a best-seller: the new Caddy’s design impresses with sharper folds and clearly defined surfaces with stylish clarity. The re-designed front and the distinctively presented rear give the new compact van an unmistakable character – further distinguished by the new look of the front and rear lights. While remaining extremely functional, the high-quality urban delivery van has gained noticeably in presence.

In keeping with the expressive exterior, the vehicle’s interior also features accentuated lines and shapes. Striking decorative trims with integrated air vents and a new generation of infotainment equipment underline the new Caddy’s modern look.

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The new Caddy will be launched in Germany at the end of June. UK vehicles will arrive later in the year.

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