Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Load Luggers

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Load Luggers

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Volkswagen Caddy (right) THE updated Volkswagen Caddy van rewards buyers looking for the largest breed of compact van with a quality feel and a depth of design engineering often missing from obvious rivals.

Volkswagen has a very effective LCV line-up and this improved Caddy is a key part of it. The load practicalities are sound, the styling is attractive enough, the interior has a real quality about it and it's good to see that safety has been further prioritised. Most importantly perhaps, the improved engine range also means that this van now has a set of running costs that are right up with the class best.

Under the bonnet, buyers get a range of three 2.0-litre EU5 engines, ranging in power output from 75 through 102 to 150 PS. An EU6 compliant 2.0-litre unit with 102 PS is also available. All models are available in combination with a five or sixspeed manual gearbox, while customers of the higher powered versions can also opt for a DSG automatic gearbox option (with six or seven-speeds depending on engine power output).

On the move, handling is still assured, sharpening as usual as the weight you're carrying rises. And performance? Well to be honest, it's rather too leisurely in the least powerful 75PS 1.6 TDI model. For that reason, we'd council you to stretch to the 102PS version of this engine if you possibly can.

It's true that there are slightly bigger rivals in the compact van sector but for the majority of operators, the 4.2m3 of space offered by the largest Maxi Caddy will be quite sufficient, for many of them alleviating the need to stretch up to buying something Transit or Volkswagen Transporter-sized. A quality choice then - from a quality brand. As this Caddy sets out to prove, good things come in little - and not so little - packages.

Volkswagen Transporter (above right) VOLKSWAGEN'S sixth generation Transporter looks a strong package these days, with cleaner, more efficient engines and extra equipment. …

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