Caddy Maxi Trendline 2.0 TDI DSG (Previously published)
VW dominates the small van and minibus market in SA. Just look around and see how many couriers and locksmiths and so on drive them.
The Caddy (micro) bus gets that balance between workhorse and leisure vehicle just about right.
I found it a very comfortable, easy to drive, powerful, multi purpose MPV. Although based on the commercial van it is very car like and even mildly luxurious in its fit and finish. You don’t feel as if you are in a bus. It handles well even in high wind and rainy conditions.
Noise levels are also well controlled.
Interior equipment is typical VW as is the look and feel, if slightly old school compared to their latest cars, but nothing to bother you.
If you have a big family or have to move a team the Caddy could be very handy especially this slightly bigger Maxi version.
The manufacturer says you can get to 186km/h and 100km/h in 10.9 seconds. I can tell you that this 103kW diesel performs very well and makes driving effortless, especially with the 6-speed DSG box.
VW claims 6.3 litres/ 100km, but I could only manage 6.8L/100km, which is still excellent and gives a range of around 900km+ on a 55 litre tank in highway conditions (or 6L/100km, or better).
Options fitted to our test car include Bi-Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, Multifuction steering wheel, park distance control with rear camera, comfort package, Fortaleza alloy wheels and towbar.
Price as standard: R431 600. The panel van starts at R315 000.
We tested the Maxi version. There is also the smaller standard Caddy which is R50 000 cheaper, but the space and ride quality of the Maxi gets my vote.
Its nearest competition is the much cheaper Ford Tourneo Connect or Nissan NV200 , its sibling the VW Touran and maybe the slightly smaller Suzuki Ertiga.
It comes with a 3 year or 120 000km warranty and 3 year 60 000km service plan.