The new 2021 Volkswagen Caddy, already an award winner, has been given a price tag that sees it available from less than £18,000, excluding VAT.
Redesigned from the ground up, the new Caddy offers increased space, efficient engine options, additional driver assistance systems to improve safety and a new connected Digital Cockpit and infotainment system to turn the vehicle into a ‘smartphone on wheels’.
Volkswagen Caddy: Practicality
The 2021 Volkswagen Caddy will initially launch with two wheelbase options – standard and Maxi – with three trim levels. The panel van variant will now be known as the Caddy Cargo, and the passenger-carrying versions, simply the Caddy.
The standard Caddy has grown to 4,500mm in length, with a wheelbase that has extended by 73mm to 2,755mm. This growth provides a load space width that is up 57mm to 1,613mm, with the distance between the wheel arches increasing to 1,230mm. The rear opening is 51mm wider than previously, at 1,234mm. This additional size means a Euro pallet can now be carried sideways in the back of the cargo space.
The storage capacity of the standard-wheelbase Caddy is 3.1m3, while the Caddy Maxi increases that to 3.7m3, thanks to a 215mm longer wheelbase. There’s now enough room to accommodate up to two Euro pallets.
Volkswagen Caddy: Engines and Drivetrain
Three diesel and one petrol engine option are available from launch. The 2.0-litre TDI offers outputs of 75, 102 or 122hp, with a new twin dosing system providing a double dose of AdBlue to help significantly reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emission levels compared to the previous model.
The 1.5-litre TSI petrol option produces 114hp and is equipped with Active Cylinder Technology as standard. This temporarily deactivates two of the four cylinders at light engine loads to save fuel.
All engines fulfil the 2021 Euro 6 emissions standards and are fitted with particulate filters. Fuel consumption has been reduced by up to 10 per cent compared to the previous generation models.
The 75 and 102hp models will be equipped with a 6-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel drive as standard, while the 2.0 TDI 122hp and 1.5 TSI 114hp are offered with the option of a seven-speed automatic gearbox.
Volkswagen’s 4MOTION four-wheel-drive system is available on 2.0 TDI 122hp variants.
Volkswagen Caddy: Smartphone on Wheels
All models get a touchscreen infotainment system, with range-topping models offering a large 10.0-inch ‘Discover Media’ satellite navigation system. Others models are fitted with screens measuring between 6.5 and 10.0 inches. All models are equipped with an ‘always connected’ integrated eSIM which allows infotainment systems to be prepared to access mobile online services and functions of ‘We Connect’.
The Caddy features a completely overhauled cabin, with new switchgear including electronic handbrake with auto-hold function, and lighting and audio controls. Electric windows, height adjustable-driving seat and a new multi-function steering wheel are also standard across the range, while a fully digital instrument panel is available as an option.
Volkswagen Caddy: Pricing and Availability
Caddy Cargo prices start from £17,800 (exc VAT) for the entry-level 1.5 TSI 114hp model to £26,850 (excl VAT) for the 2.0 TDI 122hp 4MOTION Maxi version.
Mid-level models, which start at £19,275 (exc VAT), introduce climate control, body-coloured bumpers and rear parking sensors, along with power adjustable lumbar support for the driver’s seat and leather multi-function steering wheel.
Range-topping Caddy Cargo models, from £22,075 (exc VAT), add ‘Discover Media’ satellite navigation, front and rear parking sensors, anti-theft alarm system, power-folding exterior mirrors, LED rear tail lights and alloy wheels.
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles dealers will be taking orders from December, with deliveries expected in the first quarter of the new year.