Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Lift for Versatile Van; New Design and Improved Safety for VW's Caddy

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Lift for Versatile Van; New Design and Improved Safety for VW's Caddy

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Byline: Vani Naidoo

2016 VW Caddy Pricing

(excluding onroads)

Caddy Van TSI220 92kW 7 Speed DSG $28,990

Caddy Maxi Van TSI220 92kW 6 Speed Manual $28,190

Caddy Maxi Van TSI220 92kW 7 Speed DSG $31,190

Caddy Maxi Crewvan TSI220 92kW 6 Speed Manual $29,690

Caddy Maxi Crewvan TSI220 92kW 7 Speed DSG $32,690

Caddy Trendline TSI220 92kW 7 Speed DSG $32,490

Caddy Maxi Trendline TSI220 92kW 7 Speed DSG $34,990

Caddy Maxi Comfortline TSI220 92kW 7 Speed DSG $37,990

VOLKSWAGEN has spruced up its very successful Caddy range, the popular light urban delivery van getting a boost to safety features and a new sharper exterior design.

The Caddy already holds sway in a segment that has seen close to a 20% growth on last year and this pep up should serve to keep that advantage.

Now, the range - both for commercial and private use - is extensive, very extensive, so let's attempt to break it down.

With the new diesel engine not available until next year, for now all Caddy models are served by the TSI220, a 1.4-litre turbo-charged petrol unit offering 92kW at 4800rpm and 220Nm between 1500 and 2500rpm.

It is 20% more powerful than the engine it replaces and is paired with either a six-speed manual gearbox or seven-speed DSG.

It is an efficient marriage as we found during the launch in Sydney with the Caddy fleet of foot in the inner city, negotiating traffic and changing direction with ease with an obvious surge of power when needed.

It is a tad noisy but feels fairly comfortable both under load and not, although slightly less balanced with the latter, with sharp braking and good recovery after bumps.

Those of you who intend to use the Caddy primarily as a work vehicle, and let's face it that's the majority, will be glad to hear that the rear has remained the same making it easier to transfer specialised fittings.

It is available in two lengths with the shorter wheel base at 2682mm with the Caddy Maxi on 3006mm and close to half a metre longer overall. …

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