Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Maxi That Lives Life to the Max; Motoring World

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Maxi That Lives Life to the Max; Motoring World

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Byline: By CHRIS RUSSON

NOT content with developing an award-winning van, Volkswagen is aiming for a double top with a family friendly conversion.

The Caddy Maxi was on sale only for a couple of weeks when it scooped honours in the Professional Van and Light Truck awards.

Judges highlighted its very usable 4.2 cubic metre and 800 kilo capacity and enough space inside to load a set of stepladders without having to strap them to a roof rack.

It also has a car like cab to keep any van man more than happy.

Now comes the Caddy Maxi Life, a keenly priced MPV version aimed at the regular market.

Unlike other modified vans with seats in the back offered by the likes of Peugeot, Citroen and Fiat, the VW treatment is almost luxurious.

There's no escaping the fact that the Maxi Life was born as a commercial vehicle but it is smart, trendy and practical inside.

A full-blown seven-seater with three rows of seats, the Maxi Life is as accommodating as it is spacious. The head and leg room is plentiful.

Rivals such as the Citroen Berlingo Multispace and the Renault Kangoo don't offer anywhere near that, remaining five seaters.

On the VW all seats can be used by adults and there is a good amount of space behind the back bench for luggage.

The Maxi Life has anything from 530 litres to an incredible 3,900 litres of space available for cargo and the back seats can be dropped flat easily.

Removing them to create maximum space is a different matter. They are heavy and it is a two person job - and the seats would have to be stored in your garage.

That is not the case with purpose-built MPVs of this ilk such as the Vauxhall Zafira or the Renault Grand Scenic where the seats fold flat and stay with the vehicle.

But the Maxi Life costs from pounds 15,995 to pounds 17,995 for a two-litre diesel - and that's significantly cheaper than the mainstream models. It is available only with diesel engines - the cheaper model powered by a 1. …

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