Caddy 2020 Ratings

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The Caddy 2020 handles well and its standard AWD gives off-road ability as well, though only the turbo model offers spirited performance.

Most of what you want to carry should go in as long as it’s not much larger than a single euro pallet. If it is, then you’ll need to be looking at the Caddy Maxi variant, which adds 470mm to the vehicle length, increasing load volume from 3.2m3 to 4.2m3. That means a loadspace length that rises from 1781mm in a standard Caddy to 2250mm in the Maxi version. Either way, you get a loadspace width of 1552mm, narrowing to 1172mm between the wheelarches. Standard Caddys get a single side door with a second as an option, but Maxi models all come with doors on each side. So size-wise, most of what you want to carry will probably fit – but what about weight? Well, payloads are competitive, ranging between 620 and 766kgs, depending upon the variant that you choose. To keep heavy items in place, there are six fold-away lashing eyes to tie things down. Should you forget to use it and find everything sliding forward, you’ll be glad of the full-height bulkhead fitted as standard on the Maxi variant – there’s a half-height affair with a plastic mesh top on the standard model. All right, so it’s practical. But how will running costs add up? Well, all Caddy models can be specified as ‘BMT’ variants, the letters designating the way that ‘BlueMotion Technology’ modifications (a start/stop system and battery regeneration) have been fitted to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. A standalone BlueMotion variant also joins the range: with a 2.0-litre EU6 102 PS engine and afive-speed manual gearbox, it can return 65.7mpg and CO2 emissions of 114g/km.

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Under the bonnet, buyers get a range of three 2.0-litre TDI engines, ranging in power output from 75 through 102 to 150PS.

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All models are available in combination with a five or six-speed 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).

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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 2.0 TDI model.

For that reason, we’d council you to stretch to the 102PS version of this engine if you possibly can. What else? Well, a braked trailer capacity of up to 1,500kg is within the Caddy’s remit and it’s worth pointing out that pulling potential of this magnitude is rare in this sector.

The reasons why have much to do with this vehicle’s substantial mass.

With gross vehicle weights between 2,175kg and 2,350kg, it’s a much heavier LCV than any direct competitor.

Many vans of this size after all, don’t even break the 2,000kg barrier.

Understandably in such a practically-orientated market, Volkswagen designers didn’t bother to spend much of this revised model’s improvement budget on aesthetics, though the monobox shape does have a slightly sleeker look thanks to the adoption of the same kind of smarter front end used in Volkswagen’s larger Transporter van, as well as on its Amarok pick-up. Behind the wheel, the Caddy feels comfortable yet robust, and boasts smarter upholstery and switchgear, as well as enhanced stereo and infotainment systems.

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The standard five-inch touchscreen Colour Composition radio can be upgraded to a higher-tech Composition Media item, or buyers can specify the Discover Navigation system. Overall, the cabin’s neat and unfussy with dark grey plastics prevailing on every surface.

And thanks to beautiful build quality from the Polish Poznan production line, an air of sturdiness that’s uncommon in small LCVs.

Storage provision is good too, with four cupholders, a decent-sized glovebox, dash-top trays and door bins large enough to hold an atlas or a 1.5-litre drink bottle, plus the option of extra stowage compartments under the seats.

There’s also a long shelf above the windscreen, though the presence of only a small lip along its leading edge would lead me to worry about its contents being deposited on my head during sudden inclines or under hard acceleration.

Paperwork and clothing won’t be too much of a problem but, just for safety’s sake, keep hammers, tins of paint and drinks flasks in the door pockets.

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The best value in Caddy 2020 is a base model with manual gearbox, but it’s still decently priced after adding fancy audio, leather, and a moonroof.

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