Volkswagen announced their fifth-generation Caddy back in February, and this version of the popular small van does not disappoint.
This latest iteration of the Caddy is available for sale and lease in December, with orders expected to begin fulfilment in early 2021. It will be launched with two wheelbase versions and three trim levels.
The panel van version of the Caddy, and the one that will be available on finance lease through Van Ninja, is the Caddy Cargo.
Historically, the Caddy has used technology developed for the VW Golf, and this version is no different. The new Volkswagen Caddy comes with keyless ignition, a digital instrument panel, and additional driver assistance systems first introduced on the Golf.
Standard features now include Travel Assist, which is VW’s adaptive cruise control system, and new trailer assistance software. It also includes a vehicle awareness system that alerts you to traffic behind you while you are manoeuvring. All the Caddy’s existing features have also been upgraded, bringing the new van properly up to date.
Additional options for the higher spec versions include front and rear parking sensors, extra anti-theft systems, LED lights and alloy wheels.
eSIM is fitted as standard, which is VW’s eCall system. This allows the vehicle to automatically contact the emergency services in the event of an accident. Volkswagen’s We Connect allows you to manage your vehicle through a large, clear touchscreen display.
Load space has increased slightly, and the new width of 1613mm allows a Euro pallet to be loaded sideways into the van. The Caddy Cargo Maxi, with its longer wheelbase, has room for two Euro pallets in the back. It also has a larger side door than the older Maxi version.
As with many modern small vans, the load area can be locked independently to the cab for additional security, and the cargo area has improved lighting.
The Volkswagen Caddy Cargo will come with a choice of three diesel engines and one petrol engine. The diesel options rate at 75, 102, and 122 PS, with a new AdBlue twin dosing system that significantly reduces nitrogen oxide emission levels.
The petrol engine provides 114 PS. Active Cylinder Technology improves fuel efficiency by only running on two out of four cylinders under light engine load.
Automatic transmissions are available in the 122 PS diesel and the petrol variants, using Volkswagen’s seven speed double clutch DSG. The 122 PS diesel can also be equipped with 4MOTION four-wheel drive.
While pricing has not been confirmed, we expect the Caddy Cargo to be on the higher end of the price range. VW pack a lot of features into their vehicles and, coupled with their excellent build quality, this puts them alongside the Mercedes Vito as the luxury choice for businesses looking for a small van lease.
The new Volkswagen Caddy Cargo will be available to order for finance lease from December, with delivery expected in early 2021.