Ten Second Review
Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Van Lease Review - This bigger, improved version of the Caddy takes some of the flaws of the original 2004 version is bound to keep customers coming back for more. Starting with the power, as expected you get a choice of diesels that are surprisingly pacey and powerful for this type of vehicle, and still all come equipped with BlueMotion technology for that extra electrical helping hand.
The two 1.6 TDI diesels are adequate and will handle the cargo well, but the 2.0 litres can shift well and are great if you are planning moving heavier cargo on longer journeys, particularly in the countryside. That being said, large bumps are less of a problem with the improved suspension, while VW have kept the relative comfort of the first model decently intact.
Adopting a higher-end Ford-esque look for this model, you get a slightly increased space in the front that unfortunately doesn’t transfer to the loading bay. This model still comes with a low loading height but the doors have been improved and one can now load a europallet almost any way they choose with an extra 470mm of length and an accentuated wheelbase. Thankfully, maximum payload is also increased to just over 800kg, and there is potential for an additional 1,500kg trailer capacity which, if you plumped for the 2.0 litre, will be easy to pull with the additional power.
You also get a solid bulkhead separating the cab and bay, which is preferable to the mesh in the Caddy and keeps the noise down. Extras are geared towards the drive with few options for the cabin but ESP, ABS, traction control and speed sensitive power steering all coming as standard, although the CD stereo does come equipped for MP3 compatibility. This is an excellent multi-use van with a surprising power behind it that should see any business from job to job with ease, and now equipped with enough load space to make this very accessible to almost any market while still maintaining its small van credentials. A good update that will please fans of the model.