Caddy Life

OVERVIEW

  • Fourth-generation Caddy available in panel van and passenger-carrying forms
  • Sleek new exterior and completely redesigned interior
  • New Euro 6-compliant engines are the cleanest and most efficient ever
  • Power outputs range from 75 PS to 150 PS - manual and DSG options
  • Boasts new range of class-leading safety, convenience and comfort features
  • Adaptive Cruise Control, Front Assist and City Emergency Braking available
  • Automatic Post-Collision Braking system fitted as standard across the range
  • Park Assist and High Beam Assistant offered as options for the first time
  • BlueMotion Technology and standalone Caddy BlueMotion model available
  • New range of advanced touchscreen infotainment systems introduced

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ compact van, the Caddy, has consistently defined standards in its sector for nearly two decades. A showcase for Volkswagen’s innovation and passion for perfection, the Caddy has become the default choice for private buyers and fleet operators around the world. The second best-selling model in Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ range after the Transporter, the Caddy combines space efficiency with sleek Volkswagen design and affordable running costs.  

The arrival of the fourth-generation model in the UK in September 2015 confirms Volkswagen’s position at the forefront of the sector. With a host of new state-of-the-art technologies, and comfort, convenience and safety features joining a range of new Euro 6-compliant engines, the new Caddy is set to continue the success of its predecessors.

Wearing a striking new look that incorporates the very latest Volkswagen design language, the new Caddy is available in commercial and passenger-carrying forms, offering buyers great flexibility and configuration options to suit every need, taste and budget.

The new Caddy Panel van is available in three trim levels – Startline, Trendline and Highline – and with short or Maxi wheelbases. The Maxi version adds 469 mm to the short wheelbase’s already generous 1,781 mm load compartment and a load capacity of 4.2m3 (SWB 3.2m3). Kombi and Window van models add additional passenger carrying ability, while the new Life model is available with short and Maxi wheelbases.

At launch the Caddy is offered with a range of three Euro 5 engines, two 1.6-litre versions with 75 PS or 102 PS, and a 2.0-litre with 140 PS. A new Euro 6 compliant 2.0-litre unit with outputs of 102 PS and 150 PS is also available from launch. All models are available in combination with a five or six-speed manual gearbox, with customers of the higher-powered versions able to opt for a DSG automatic gearbox option (with six or seven-speeds depending on engine power output). 

Some Euro 5 engine Caddy models can be specified as ‘BMT’, meaning BlueMotion Technology modifications (start/stop system, regenerative braking and low rolling resistance tyres) are applied to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Both 2.0-litre TDI Euro 6 engines are equipped with BlueMotion Technology as standard.

A standalone BlueMotion variant also joins the range and is the most fuel-efficient Caddy ever built. Equipped with a new 2.0-litre 102 PS (Euro 6) engine, five-speed manual gearbox and a host of additional fuel-saving technologies and design features, it can return 65.7 mpg on the combined cycle with CO2 emissions of 114 g/km.

The fourth-generation Caddy also sets a new benchmark in the class for its array of safety and convenience systems. All models are equipped with Volkswagen’s Automatic Post-Collision Braking system that reduces the risk or severity of a secondary collision by controlling the speed and path of the vehicle after the first impact. Customers will also be able to specify Adaptive Cruise Control with Front Assist and City Emergency Braking. ACC monitors the space to the vehicle ahead and maintains a specified speed and distance.  This technology has been used in Volkswagen passenger cars and is proven to reduce third party injury claims by 45 per cent.

The new Caddy also features a host of new systems designed to make life easier on board. It is offered with Park Assist and a rear-view reversing camera to help reduce the risk of damage when manoeuvring, as well as High Beam Assist and Driver Alert systems, all of which help to enhance safety.

The Caddy’s new exterior builds on the strengths of its award-winning predecessor and introduces an even cleaner, crisper and more modern appearance. With particular attention paid to the front and rear, the fourth-generation Caddy delivers a sophisticated look that gives it powerful road presence. Among the many new styling features introduced on the new Caddy is a new unglazed tailgate that neatly integrates a roof spoiler and high-level third brake light.

In the cabin, the Caddy introduces a completely new look with a redesigned dashboard, centre console and switchgear. Also new is the most advanced range of infotainment systems ever offered on the Caddy. Every model in the range is equipped with a colour touchscreen system as standard, with customers able to upgrade to an even higher specification Composition Media system with App Connect compatibility or to add the Discover Navigation satellite navigation system.

The fourth-generation Caddy is built at Volkswagen’s production facility in Poznań, Poland. More than two million Caddy models have been built at this plant since the first model rolled off the line in 2003. The first generation Caddy was launched in 1978 in North America as the Rabbit Pick-up, with European production and sales starting under the Caddy name in 1982. The second generation debuted in 1995, a Group collaboration with SEAT, while the third generation which used many of the Volkswagen Golf and Touran’s underpinnings came to market in 2003. This model was facelifted in 2010.

DESIGN AND PRACTICALITY

  • New exterior and completely redesigned interior
  • Range includes panel van, Kombi, Window van and Life models
  • Standard wheelbase panel van offers 3.2 m3 load space; long wheelbase Maxi has 4.2 m3
  • Payload ratings from 582 kg to 735 kg for panel van
  • New model offered with option of windowless tailgate for the first time
  • Life models feature flexible seating arrangement for up to seven including driver
  • New alloy wheel designs and exterior colours

The Caddy has always matched form with function – combining traditional Volkswagen design qualities with new technology and trademark practicality. The fourth generation model builds on this rich heritage, adding a cleaner, sharper look, and a raft of new equipment that has been integrated to make life easier and safer for drivers and passengers. As with the previous-generation model, the new Caddy is available with a wide range of variants: Panel van, Kombi, Window van and Life.

Caddy Panel van

The new Caddy Panel van is available with two wheelbase options: 2,682 mm for the standard short wheelbase (SWB) model and 3,006 mm for the long-wheelbase Maxi version. The SWB Caddy Panel van has a load capacity of 3.2 m3, while the Maxi has 4.2 m3. Access to the load compartment is via two asymmetrically split rear doors and a sliding side door. The rear doors have a height aperture of 1,137 mm with the load compartment itself offering 1,259 mm of vertical space. The rear doors can be specified with or without windows, with wash-wipe and heated element further options for the glazed version. To maximise ease of access, both rear doors open to 90 degrees with the door latches engaged and 180 degrees when disengaged.

For customers who prefer a single door, the new Caddy comes with the option of an unglazed tailgate for the first time. Load clearance is identical that to that of the twin door design and further illustrates Volkswagen’s commitment to customer choice.

Loading long objects has always been a challenge for compact van owners. Thankfully, the new Caddy is offered with an optional glazed ladder flap that can be installed at the rear of the roof panel, allowing loads to be placed diagonally into the load bed.

The standard side sliding door provides an opening width of 0.7m on the left-hand side of the new Caddy, allowing for easy kerbside loading. For customers wanting the ultimate in load convenience, a second off-side sliding door is available as an option. As with previous models, the new Caddy takes attention to detail to a new level. For example, the sliding doors run on a roller integrated into the roof spars – a feature that allows owners to pack out the load bay without having to leave space for the mechanism as it slides open.

Easy loading is a feature that Caddy owners have come to expect over the years, and the fourth-generation model continues this tradition.  The load sill is just 587 mm from the ground (Maxi 594 mm), while the space between wheelarches is 1,172 mm. Maximum load width is 1,340 mm. The cargo floor itself is completely level, can easily accommodate a standard (1200 x 800mm) euro pallet through the rear doors, and is equipped with six load lashing rings as standard (eight for Maxi variants).  To protect the outer skin of the bodywork, the Caddy is equipped with internal panelling up to the window line. The standard front bulkhead is contoured to provide the driver with the maximum possible seat travel, and features a solid lower section and a rigid, impact-resistant grille at the top. 

Payload ratings for the new Caddy panel van range from 582kg to 735kg, with Gross Vehicle Weights from 2,135 kg to 2,350 kg.

Caddy Maxi Kombi and Caddy Window van

For commercial vehicle drivers who need to combine passenger and load carrying, the new Caddy Kombi allows owners to carry up to five passengers (including the driver) while still offering 1.6 m3 of load space. Based on the long-wheelbase Maxi panel van the Kombi features a rear seat (comprising a two seater bench and a single seat) that can be removed to generate a 4.1 m3 load area – almost identical in capacity to that of the Caddy Maxi panel van. An optional seven-seater package is available for customers who want the ultimate in passenger/load flexibility. This features an additional two-seater rear bench with a fold-down backrest.

In terms of design, the Kombi is fitted with rear side windows, panelled rear sides and a tailgate as standard. It is N1 type approved and classified as a commercial vehicle.

As its name suggests, the Caddy Maxi Window van has windows all round and is classified as M1 type approved which means it is a passenger carrying vehicle. Like the Kombi, it has a rear bench seat with height adjustable head restraints and three-point seat belts for three people. It can also be specified with an additional third row of seats, bringing the passenger count to seven including the driver.

Caddy Life and Caddy Maxi Life

Combining exceptional levels of space with the flexibility, comfort and equipment of an MPV, the new Caddy Life delivers on every level. Type approved as a passenger car (M1), the Caddy Life offers the best of both worlds for drivers who demand car-like quality and van-like value and load carrying ability.

Key to the Caddy Life’s flexibility is its seating layout. Available in standard and long wheelbase Maxi forms, both Caddy Life models are equipped with five seats as standard, with the option of a third row that raises the seating capacity to seven (including the driver).

The two rear rows of seats can be folded, double folded or removed to leave a loading space of up to 3,030 litres (3.03 m3). The Caddy Maxi Life, with its extra 420 mm length, offers an additional 340 litres, bringing the total loading area up to 3,370 litres (3.37 m3).

Designed as a passenger car, the Caddy Maxi Life incorporates a host of additional features over the Kombi and Window van plus a wider range of standard and optional equipment. It is also differentiated in the cabin by a new ‘Life’ dashboard that features a passenger airbag as standard.

Sophisticated new look

Clarity, precision and balance have always marked the Caddy out from the crowd. The fourth-generation model takes Volkswagen’s passion for detail and form to a new level with a bold new design that delivers both inside and out.

The front end has a more defined look with greater visual separation of surfaces. The headlamps, radiator grille and bumper have been redesigned to form a distinctive horizontal band across the front of the vehicle, while the rising V shape that stretches from the grille edges to the base of the window gives the front of the Caddy a more striking appearance. Caddy Life variants add body-coloured bumpers, chrome detailing on the grille and smaller body-coloured door mirrors.

The new design extends to the sides where new accent lines provide a visual link between the nose and the passenger area. As before, the exterior sides of the panel van load cube feature a smooth, unbroken surface that provides the perfect canvas for signwriting and decals.

At the rear, the new Caddy panel van comes with the option of an unglazed tailgate for the first time. Neatly integrating a roof spoiler and high-level brake light, the new tailgate features the same crisp lines and defined surfacing as the rest of the vehicle. The glazed tailgate offered on Life models has also been redesigned and features a smooth edge-to-edge glass panel that creates a sharper, neater look. Also new are the rear multi-chamber light clusters that have a more angular appearance than the units they replace.

Personalisation has become an important element of van ownership over recent years, and Volkswagen continues to lead the way here with a new range of alloy wheels and exterior paint colours. The new Caddy is offered with optional ‘Caloundra’ 15-inch, ‘Bendigo’ 16-inch and ‘Rockhampton’ 17-inch wheels, while the colour palette extends to 16 different shades, including 11 metallic finishes, seven of which are new for this generation.

Inside, the new Caddy takes comfort, convenience and refinement to a new level. The new dashboard layout mirrors the themes introduced on the exterior with distinctive horizontal bands and an emphasis on clean, uncluttered lines. Material quality has been significantly enhanced throughout, while the introduction of improved noise suppression means that Caddy drivers will experience the most car-like experience to date.

The centre console houses the ventilation controls along with the new range of infotainment systems. DAB digital radio and Bluetooth are both fitted as standard across the range, with a line-up of new touchscreen navigation and audio systems available as options.

Further reinforcing the link with Volkswagen’s passenger car range is the availability of a new three-spoke multi-function steering wheel. Complete with leather trim and a sporty flat bottom design, this provides additional convenience for the driver and gives the interior an even more sophisticated look.

Cabin storage remains a key Caddy strength with numerous bins, cubbies and lockable compartments integrated as standard. The door panels can hold bottles of up to 1.5-litres in capacity, while the roof shelf can accommodate A4 folders – keeping important documents safe and secure on the move while also easily accessible.

The new Caddy’s driving position offers exceptional levels of comfort. The steering column adjusts for reach (+30/-20 millimetres) and height (+/-20 millimetres) while Life models are equipped with height adjustable driver and passenger seats as standard (optional on Startline panel van, Kombi and Window van models).

TECHNOLOGY ON BOARD

  • New driver assistance systems deliver safer, more comfortable drive
  • Automatic Post-Collision Braking system fitted to all models in the new range
  • Front Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control and Park Assist all available for the first time
  • Rear view camera, Park Pilot and Optical Parking System for stress-free parking
  • New infotainment systems with colour touchscreens on all models
  • Composition Media system features MirrorLink and smartphone integration
  • DAB digital radio and Bluetooth as standard across the range

Driver assistance systems

The new Caddy is equipped with a number of new, sector-first safety systems – all of which are activated in critical situations as a preventative measure. These are offered alongside a new range of innovative driver assistance systems designed to provide convenience and even greater levels of occupant protection.

Front Assist

Using a radar built into the front end of the new Caddy, Front Assist recognises critical distances to the vehicle in front and helps to ensure safe stopping. In any dangerous situations the system warns the driver visually and audibly, as well as with a slight jolt of the brake. ‘Front Assist’ reacts here in two stages: in the first the assistance system warns the driver with audible and visual signals of any vehicle in front driving slowly or suddenly braking and of the associated risk of collision. In parallel it gets the vehicle ready for emergency braking – by applying the brake pads and alerting the brake assistant. If the driver fails to react to the warning, a one- off short jolt of the brake indicates in the second stage the looming danger of a collision and the brake assistant’s responsiveness is further increased. If the driver then hits the brakes, full braking power is immediately available. If the driver does not brake strongly enough, Front Assist increases the braking pressure to the required level, so that the vehicle comes to a stop before reaching the obstacle.

The system also includes the City Emergency Braking function, which provides assistance at low speeds of under 18mph. If the driver fails to see or react to an obstacle, the system automatically applies the brakes and ensures that the speed of any collision is reduced. Ideally, it completely prevents the vehicle from running into the obstacle.

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) can be activated at speeds between 0-70 mph (DSG) or 20-70 mph (manual transmission). Using the Front Assist radar sensor, it measures the distance to the vehicles in front and their relative speed. The driver sets the desired distance and speed via buttons on the multi-function steering wheel. Within its range, a sensor then constantly monitors the area in front of the vehicle. By pressing on the accelerator or brake, the driver can interrupt the ACC system,  cruising speed can be resumed at any time by pressing the button on the steering wheel.

In combination with DSG transmission, the ACC system can also slow the vehicle down, for example in queues or traffic jam situations, to a complete stop. Depending on the situation, ACC starts up again automatically after a predefined period.

Automatic Post-Collision Braking System

The Automatic Post-Collision Braking System automatically brakes the Caddy when it is involved in an accident in order to reduce the risk or severity of a secondary collision. This innovative system is fitted across the new Caddy range.

Triggering of the system is based on detection of a primary collision by the airbag sensors. Vehicle braking is limited by the ESC control unit to a maximum deceleration rate of 0.6g.  This value matches the deceleration level of Front Assist and ensures that the driver can take over handling of the car even in case of automatic braking.

The driver can ‘override’ the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System at any time; for example, if the system recognises that the driver is accelerating, it is disabled. The system is also deactivated if the driver initiates hard braking at an even higher rate of deceleration. Essentially, the system applies the brakes until a vehicle speed of 6 mph is reached, so this residual vehicle speed can be used to steer to a safe location after the braking process.

High-beam assistant ‘Light Assist’.

This system automatically dips the headlights and prevents dazzle for oncoming vehicles, or vehicles travelling ahead. At night time and at speeds of above 37 mph, the system automatically switches the headlights to high-beam providing there is no oncoming traffic.

Park Assist

In addition to enabling automated parallel parking, the optional ‘Park Assist’ system also offers parking at right-angles to the carriageway – an especially practical feature for courier services. The system can be activated at speeds of up to 25 mph by pressing a button on the centre console. Using the indicators, the driver selects the side of the road on which the vehicle is to be parked. If, via the Caddy’s ultrasound sensors, Park Assist detects a large enough parking space, the assisted parking can begin: having put the vehicle into reverse, all the driver has to do is operate the accelerator and brake. The Caddy takes care of the steering. Audible signals and visual information on the multifunction display assist the driver. While parking, Park Assist reduces the vehicle’s speed to 4.5 mph.

Driver Alert system

This system monitors and registers deviation from normal steering patterns and uses visual and acoustic warnings to recommend that the driver takes a break. Standard on Trendline and Highline models, the system monitors driving behaviour at speeds above 40mph.

Optical Parking System (OPS)

A new 360 degree optical parking system (OPS) also makes manoeuvring easier and safer. The OPS provides a graphic representation of the vehicle from above on the colour display of the infotainment system. By means of yellow and red signals the driver can then easily see whether the Caddy has a sufficient gap from any obstacles in front or behind it. The system gives an audible warning at the same time. .

ParkPilot

This system operates in a slightly simpler way to the Optical Parking System, but is equally effective at avoiding objects when moving at low speeds. Using a series of warning beeps, it helps the driver manoeuvre into a parking space. As the vehicle gets closer to the obstacle the frequency of the beeps increases. If the distance to the obstacle is less than 30 cm, the beep is continuous and an image in the multifunction display highlights using different colours the critical areas of proximity.

Rear-view camera

This uses a wide-angle camera located in the rear number plate surround to display a clear view of the area behind the vehicle on the infotainment screen. Available as an option, the rear-view camera is available with twin door and tailgate designs.

Fog lights with integrated cornering lights

Available as an option, these help to illuminate curves and bends in the road ahead where the vehicle is turning.

All-new infotainment systems

The new Caddy benefits from a substantial upgrade in infotainment systems with a host of new-generation audio and navigation systems available for the first time. Every Caddy in the new range is equipped with touchscreen infotainment as standard with the option to upgrade to larger systems featuring satellite navigation and smartphone integration. The new generation systems come in three levels of specification and two different display sizes: 5 and 6.5- inches.

All new Caddy models are equipped with a Composition Colour radio system as standard. Featuring a 5-inch touchscreen, this feature-packed system includes DAB digital radio and Bluetooth connection for hands-free calling. It is equipped with an AUX-in connection, SD card slot and an MP3-compatible CD player.

For owners wanting more features, the Composition Media system offers a larger 6.5-inch display and is coupled with a proximity sensor that is integrated across the area beneath the display. As a hand approaches the screen, functions appear on the screen and are readily available. When functional inputs are not required, the full screen can be seen, increasing ease of visibility. The display also responds to wiping and zooming gestures, as used in smartphones and tablets. The Composition Media unit also includes a USB input, the port for which is located in a separate compartment on the centre console.

The Composition Media system is also available with Volkswagen’s pioneering App Connect system that allows owners of Apple and Android devices to integrate their smartphones. The three options are:

Apple CarPlay

This allows owners to manage selected apps from their iPhone while on the move. The apps, which include maps, phone, news, music are presented on the main display and can also be activated and controlled via Apple’s Siri voice command system. In addition to the native Apple apps, CarPlay also supports other apps such as Spotify, Stitcher, & Skype

Android Auto

As with CarPlay, Android Auto from Google enables owners to operate suitable apps safely from their smartphone using the Android operating system while driving.

Owners can operate everything by voice input, with a wide range of apps (including Google Play Music, Pandora or Spotify) being supported. Android Auto also supports third-party apps such as Joyride, Podcast Player, Stitcher, Umano, & Pocket Cast

MirrorLink

Another option for Android device owners, MirrorLink allows the owners of compatible Android handsets to use a wide range of native and third-party apps, by mirroring the screen of the mobile device on to the screen of the infotainment system. Apps supported include Shared Audio, Drive & Track, Parkopedia and Glympse.

Alternatively, buyers wishing to add navigation function without a smartphone can specify an optional Discover Media navigation module that adds full European sat nav functionality.

ENGINES AND TRANSMISSIONS

  • New Euro 6 engines deliver improved fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions
  • Euro 6 engines equipped with BlueMotion Technology features as standard
  • BlueMotion Technology available on Euro 5 engines
  • Power outputs range from 75 PS through 102 to 140 PS for Euro 5 units
  • Euro 6 powertrains offer power from 102 to 150 PS at launch
  • Caddy BlueMotion is the most efficient Caddy ever: 65.7 mpg combined, 114 g/km CO2
  • DSG transmissions available on four engines, broadening customer choice

The fourth-generation Caddy is the cleanest and most efficient ever with the introduction of new technologies designed to help owners go further for less while reducing their impact on the environment.

For the first time, the Caddy is available with a Euro 6 compliant engine. This highly advanced 2.0-litre unit includes BlueMotion Technology as standard – consisting of Start/Stop and regenerative braking systems as well as low rolling resistance tyres – and comes with two power outputs and the option of a six-speed DSG transmission.

1.6-litre TDI 75 PS (Euro 5) 

Available in the Caddy panel van only, this four-cylinder, 1.6-litre, common-rail, direct-injection diesel engine delivers its maximum torque of 225 Nm from as low as 1,500 rpm up to 2,250 rpm. As with every model in the new Caddy range, it is fitted with a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF), and produces CO2 emissions of 149 g/km.

It is fitted with a five-speed manual gearbox and reaches a top speed of 93 mph with a 0-62 mph time of 16.7 seconds. It is also one of the most economical engines in the Caddy range with fuel economy of 69.6 mpg on the combined cycle.

As with all Euro 5 engines, this unit is available with the option of BlueMotion Technology for a small additional premium. With BMT fitted, this engine can return 53.3mpg on the combined cycle and has CO2 emissions of 139g/km.

1.6-litre TDI 102 PS (Euro 5)

This higher-powered 102 PS version of the four-cylinder, 1.6-litre, common-rail, direct-injection, turbocharged diesel engine is available across the Caddy and Caddy Maxi panel van ranges. Maximum torque of 250 Nm is available from 1,500 to 2,500 rpm. It has a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF), returns 49.6mpg on the combined cycle and produces CO2 emissions of 149 g/km. A five-speed manual gearbox is fitted as standard, with the option of a seven-speed DSG transmission for all models.

This unit is also available with the option of BlueMotion Technology for a small additional premium. With BMT fitted, it can return 55.4mpg on the combined cycle and has CO2 emissions of 134g/km.

2.0-litre TDI 140 PS (Euro 5)

Available in the Caddy panel van only, this high-output unit delivers exceptional flexibility with 320 Nm of torque available from just 1,750 rpm. Despite its impressive performance, this engine is also highly fuel efficient with a combined mpg figure of 47.1mpg (manual models). Equipped with a five-speed manual transmission as standard, it can also be specified with a six-speed DSG gearbox.

This unit is also available with the option of BlueMotion Technology for a small additional premium. With BMT fitted, this engine can return 53.3mpg on the combined cycle and has CO2 emissions of 139g/km.

2.0-litre TDI 102 PS (Euro 6)

Available across the new Caddy line-up, the new 2.0-litre TDI 102 PS is the most advanced engine ever offered in the Caddy. Equipped as standard with Volkswagen’s acclaimed BlueMotion suite of fuel-saving features (Start/Stop, regenerative braking and low rolling resistance tyres) this 2.0-litre TDI unit returns 61.4mpg on the combined cycle and emits 120 g/km of CO2.

This engine is also fitted to the Caddy BlueMotion, a stand-alone model that features a host of additional efficiency fuel-saving technologies (see separate section). When fitted in the Caddy BlueMotion model, this engine returns 65.7 mpg on the combined cycle and emits just 114 g/km of CO2.

2.0-litre TDI 150 PS (Euro 6)

Available in the Caddy Kombi, Window van and Life, the new 2.0-litre TDI 150 PS tops the fourth-generation line-up. With a torque output of 340 Nm, this engine delivers strong flexibility from low engine speeds and is equipped with BlueMotion Technology modifications as standard. It can return up to 56.5 mpg on the combined cycle and has CO2 emissions from 131 g/km (Caddy Life with manual transmission). Equipped with a six-speed manual transmission as standard, this engine can also be specified with a six-speed DSG automatic gearbox.

AdBlue®

Euro 6 emissions standards (a legal requirement for passenger-carrying vehicles from September 2015 and LCVs from September 2016) dictate that all diesel-powered vehicles need exhaust gas treatment to reduce levels of nitrous oxides (NOx). To achieve this, all Euro 6 compliant engines in the new Caddy range are equipped with a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) converter that requires AdBlue® to break down the NOx component of the exhaust gas into nitrogen and water. AdBlue® is a non-toxic, non-flammable, biodegradable urea and water-based liquid that must be kept topped up by the operator and may require refilling between services. It is carried in an additional tank and is topped up via a filler nozzle located under the bonnet.

Transmissions

The fourth-generation Caddy is available with a variety of transmission options, all of which optimise the performance and economy of the engines to which they are coupled.

 

5spd man

6spd man

6spd DSG

7spd DSG

1.6 TDI 75 PS (Eu5)

 

 

 

1.6 TDI 102 PS (Euro5)

 

 

2.0 TDI 140 PS (Euro 5)

 

 

2.0 102 PS (Euro 6)

 

 

2.0 150 PS (Euro 6)

 

 

DSG – Dual Shift Gearbox

The new Caddy’s DSG gearbox provides the best of both automatic and manual worlds with a fast and smooth gear change.

The DSG transmission operates with two automatic clutches – while one clutch is engaged, the second is primed to accept the drive for the next gear. Using this unique twin-clutch design, gear changes are completed in less than four hundredths of a second.

The driver can leave the transmission in ‘drive’ mode or elect to change gear manually, via the gear lever, pushing it forward to change up and pulling back to change down.

BLUEMOTION

For operators looking to take the fuel efficiency of their Caddy to a whole new level – and cut emissions even further in the process – Volkswagen has developed a range of BlueMotion solutions. These take the form of a new stand-alone Caddy BlueMotion model – available in SWB panel van form only – and an optional BlueMotion Technology ‘pack’ that can be specified on most models in the range.

BlueMotion Technology

BlueMotion Technology is a suite of fuel-saving technologies available across the Caddy range. Comprising four clever elements, BlueMotion Technology modifications are fitted as standard to all Euro 6-compliant engines and available as an option on selected Euro 5-compliant engines. BlueMotion Technology significantly reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, which in turn leads to lower running costs and reduced environmental impact.

Volkswagen’s BlueMotion Technology enables users to be environmentally friendly without compromising on power or performance. Using simple innovations, BlueMotion Technology-equipped models strike a perfect balance between driving enjoyment and environmental friendliness but remain suitable for everyday use.

Cruise control

By keeping the Caddy at a constant speed, cruise control saves fuel that would normally be wasted when road speed fluctuates. Especially useful for driving over long stretches, it stops road speed creeping up unintentionally and reduces the driver’s physical workload.

Hill Hold Assist

This clever system helps the Caddy driver make a smooth, efficient getaway every time. On steep inclines, the system holds the brakes at the optimum level to prevent the vehicle rolling back. This reduces the need for the driver to rev the engine unnecessarily.

Start/stop

Allows the driver to save fuel at traffic lights and in stationary traffic. With the vehicle in neutral and the clutch out, the engine automatically switches off, saving fuel and reducing emissions. To restart the engine, all the driver needs to do is depress the clutch. The system can be deactivated through a switch, if necessary. With the DSG gearbox, the Start/stop system is activated through the brake pedal.

Energy recuperation / battery regeneration

When braking, the energy created as the engine turns is wasted. Volkswagen’s energy recuperation system uses some of that momentum to run the alternator and charge the battery. If the battery is well-charged, the engine has to do less work turning the alternator to keep it topped up. This cuts fuel use and can reduce emissions.

New Caddy BlueMotion

This stand-alone model has been developed to be the cleanest and most fuel efficient Caddy ever. The new model features a suite of BlueMotion technologies that have been fine-tuned specifically for the Caddy. Available in SWB panel van form only, the Caddy BlueMotion is powered by a Euro 6-compliant 2.0-litre TDI engine that develops 102 PS and 250 Nm of torque.

Featuring all the technologies offered as part of the existing BlueMotion Technology package, the Caddy BlueMotion adds a lowered chassis, aero-efficient 15-inch steel wheels with covers and more efficient engine management. As a result of these measures, the Caddy BlueMotion returns 65.7 mpg on the combined cycle and has CO2 emissions of 114 g/km. Thanks to these impressive figures and a 55-litre fuel tank, the new Caddy BlueMotion has a potential driving range of 788 miles.

VALUE AND EQUIPMENT

  • High equipment levels standard across the new Caddy range
  • New infotainment systems with touchscreen technology on all models
  • Climatic air conditioning, alloy wheels and heated windscreen on Highline trim
  • Automatic Post-Collision Braking System fitted as standard
  • Startline, Trendline and Highline trim levels for Caddy panel van
  • Heated windscreen, rain sensors and alloy wheels standard on Life models
  • Vast range of options allow owners to personalise their vehicles                         

The Caddy panel van is available in three trim levels – Startline, Trendline and Highline – and with short or Maxi wheelbases.

Generously equipped across the range the entry-level Startline model comes with an impressive array of standard features, including electric windows and heated and electrically adjustable wing mirrors, a five-inch touchscreen Composition Colour radio system with DAB+ and Bluetooth capability. Startline models also come with a lockable glovebox, plus safety features such as driver and front passenger front, side and curtain airbags, Automatic Post-Collision Braking system and a seatbelt reminder.  

Moving up the range, Trendline models add full wheel covers, body-coloured bumpers, handles and wing mirrors, rear parking sensors, cruise control, multi-function display, driver’s lumbar support, under-seat storage and sun visors with vanity mirrors.

At the top of the range, Highline models gain alloy wheels, front fog lights and daytime running lights, Climatic air conditioning, heated front windscreen, automatic dimming rear-view mirror, Thatcham category 1 alarm and windscreen wipers with intermittent control and rain sensor.

Caddy Life models also enjoy exceptionally high levels of standard equipment. With an even greater emphasis on passenger comfort and refinement, Life models are fitted with a height adjustable drivers seat, Kutamo cloth upholstery, leather multifunction steering wheel and interior carpeting. Life models also feature a heated windscreen, rain sensors, automatic wipers and alloy wheels as standard.          

Caddy panel van standard equipment: (blue denotes new features)               

STARTLINE              

Audio and communications           

> Colour composition 5” touchscreen radio  
> DAB+ radio
> Bluetooth® phone connectivity      
> AUX-IN socket and two speakers
> SD card slot
> CD player

Cab area        

> Electric front windows        
> Electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors    
> Lockable glove compartment        
> Open storage compartment in front of passenger
> Austin cloth upholstery      
> Digital clock
> Dimmable dashboard illumination  
> Driver’s seat with height, reach and rake adjustment        
> Four drinks holders and storage compartment in centre console  
> Interior light in headliner      
> Manually controlled heating system with dust and pollen filter and air recirculation    
> Reach and rake adjustable steering column          
> Rear-view mirror with anti-dazzle function
> Rubber floor covering        
> Servotronic speed-related power-assisted steering          
> 12v socket              

Cargo area    

> Full-height bulkhead with solid lower and mesh upper      
> Full-height solid bulkhead (Caddy Maxi and C20+)          
> Hardboard roof trim and painted half-height side panels  
> Heavy-duty suspension (C20+)    
> Load-lashing rings (six on Caddy, eight on Caddy Maxi)  
> Two door-activated interior lights   

Exterior         

> Glazed asymmetric rear wing doors with heated rear window and wash-wipe (Caddy)      
> Glazed asymmetric rear wing doors with opaque glass (Caddy Maxi and C20+)    
> Grey door mirrors and handles      
> Grey front and rear bumpers        
> Heat insulating windscreen
> Roof rail preparation          
> Single near-side sliding door (Caddy)        
> Twin near-side and off-side sliding doors (Caddy Maxi)                

Safety and security

> Curtain airbag        
> Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)    
> Automatic hazard light activation under emergency braking         
> Driver’s airbag        
> Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)  
> Electronic Differential Lock (EDL)
> Electronic Stabilisation Programme (ESP)
> Engine Drag Torque Control (MSR)          
> Halogen main headlights with range control and daytime running lights        
> Height-adjustable head restraints  
> Remote central locking with deadlocks, interior locking and two remote keys        
> Thatcham Category 2 approved immobilizer        
> Traction Control System (TCS)    
> Windscreen wipers with variable intermittent delay

Wheels and tyres     

> New black wheel centre caps        
> 15” steel wheels with 195/65 R15 tyres      
> 16” steel wheels with 205/55 R16 tyres (140PS models)  
> Full-size steel spare wheel  
> Tool kit and jack     

Caddy BlueMotion model additionally features:

> BlueMotion Technology (Start/Stop, Hill Hold Assist, low rolling resistance tyres, regenerative braking)
> BlueMotion exterior badge
> Breakdown kit - in lieu of spare wheel
> Car-like aerodynamic door mirrors
> Efficient engine management software
> Lowered ride height
> Protective side strips
> Wheel covers

TRENDLINE (Equipment in addition to Startline)                       

Audio and communications           

> Multifunction display                       

Cab area        

> Driver’s seat lumbar adjustment (8 way seat movement)
> Cruise Control        
> Storage compartments under front seats  
> Twin sun visors with vanity mirrors            

Exterior         

> New wheel covers with, multi-spoke design          
> Body-coloured bumpers, mirrors and door handles          
> Rear parking sensors                     

HIGHLINE (Equipment in addition to Trendline)             

Cab area        

> Heated windscreen
> Automatically dimming interior rear-view mirror    
> Climatic air-conditioning    
> Leather steering wheel, gearknob and gaiter                     

Exterior         

> Front fog lamps                  

Safety and security  

> Windscreen wipers with intermittent control and rain sensors       
> Separate daytime running lights, with low beam assist and coming home lights
> Thatcham Category 1 approved alarm and immobilizer with tow-away, perimeter and interior cab protection               

Wheels and tyres     

> New 15” Colundra light alloy wheels (retains steel spare wheel)  
> New 16” Bendigo light alloy wheels (with 140PS engine, retains steel spare wheel) 

OVERVIEW

  • Fourth-generation Caddy available in panel van and passenger-carrying forms
  • Sleek new exterior and completely redesigned interior
  • New Euro 6-compliant engines are the cleanest and most efficient ever
  • Power outputs range from 75 PS to 150 PS - manual and DSG options
  • Boasts new range of class-leading safety, convenience and comfort features
  • Adaptive Cruise Control, Front Assist and City Emergency Braking available
  • Automatic Post-Collision Braking system fitted as standard across the range
  • Park Assist and High Beam Assistant offered as options for the first time
  • BlueMotion Technology and standalone Caddy BlueMotion model available
  • New range of advanced touchscreen infotainment systems introduced

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ compact van, the Caddy, has consistently defined standards in its sector for nearly two decades. A showcase for Volkswagen’s innovation and passion for perfection, the Caddy has become the default choice for private buyers and fleet operators around the world. The second best-selling model in Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ range after the Transporter, the Caddy combines space efficiency with sleek Volkswagen design and affordable running costs.  

The arrival of the fourth-generation model in the UK in September 2015 confirms Volkswagen’s position at the forefront of the sector. With a host of new state-of-the-art technologies, and comfort, convenience and safety features joining a range of new Euro 6-compliant engines, the new Caddy is set to continue the success of its predecessors.

Wearing a striking new look that incorporates the very latest Volkswagen design language, the new Caddy is available in commercial and passenger-carrying forms, offering buyers great flexibility and configuration options to suit every need, taste and budget.

The new Caddy Panel van is available in three trim levels – Startline, Trendline and Highline – and with short or Maxi wheelbases. The Maxi version adds 469 mm to the short wheelbase’s already generous 1,781 mm load compartment and a load capacity of 4.2m3 (SWB 3.2m3). Kombi and Window van models add additional passenger carrying ability, while the new Life model is available with short and Maxi wheelbases.

At launch the Caddy is offered with a range of three Euro 5 engines, two 1.6-litre versions with 75 PS or 102 PS, and a 2.0-litre with 140 PS. A new Euro 6 compliant 2.0-litre unit with outputs of 102 PS and 150 PS is also available from launch. All models are available in combination with a five or six-speed manual gearbox, with customers of the higher-powered versions able to opt for a DSG automatic gearbox option (with six or seven-speeds depending on engine power output). 

Some Euro 5 engine Caddy models can be specified as ‘BMT’, meaning BlueMotion Technology modifications (start/stop system, regenerative braking and low rolling resistance tyres) are applied to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Both 2.0-litre TDI Euro 6 engines are equipped with BlueMotion Technology as standard.

A standalone BlueMotion variant also joins the range and is the most fuel-efficient Caddy ever built. Equipped with a new 2.0-litre 102 PS (Euro 6) engine, five-speed manual gearbox and a host of additional fuel-saving technologies and design features, it can return 65.7 mpg on the combined cycle with CO2 emissions of 114 g/km.

The fourth-generation Caddy also sets a new benchmark in the class for its array of safety and convenience systems. All models are equipped with Volkswagen’s Automatic Post-Collision Braking system that reduces the risk or severity of a secondary collision by controlling the speed and path of the vehicle after the first impact. Customers will also be able to specify Adaptive Cruise Control with Front Assist and City Emergency Braking. ACC monitors the space to the vehicle ahead and maintains a specified speed and distance.  This technology has been used in Volkswagen passenger cars and is proven to reduce third party injury claims by 45 per cent.

The new Caddy also features a host of new systems designed to make life easier on board. It is offered with Park Assist and a rear-view reversing camera to help reduce the risk of damage when manoeuvring, as well as High Beam Assist and Driver Alert systems, all of which help to enhance safety.

The Caddy’s new exterior builds on the strengths of its award-winning predecessor and introduces an even cleaner, crisper and more modern appearance. With particular attention paid to the front and rear, the fourth-generation Caddy delivers a sophisticated look that gives it powerful road presence. Among the many new styling features introduced on the new Caddy is a new unglazed tailgate that neatly integrates a roof spoiler and high-level third brake light.

In the cabin, the Caddy introduces a completely new look with a redesigned dashboard, centre console and switchgear. Also new is the most advanced range of infotainment systems ever offered on the Caddy. Every model in the range is equipped with a colour touchscreen system as standard, with customers able to upgrade to an even higher specification Composition Media system with App Connect compatibility or to add the Discover Navigation satellite navigation system.

The fourth-generation Caddy is built at Volkswagen’s production facility in Poznań, Poland. More than two million Caddy models have been built at this plant since the first model rolled off the line in 2003. The first generation Caddy was launched in 1978 in North America as the Rabbit Pick-up, with European production and sales starting under the Caddy name in 1982. The second generation debuted in 1995, a Group collaboration with SEAT, while the third generation which used many of the Volkswagen Golf and Touran’s underpinnings came to market in 2003. This model was facelifted in 2010.

DESIGN AND PRACTICALITY

  • New exterior and completely redesigned interior
  • Range includes panel van, Kombi, Window van and Life models
  • Standard wheelbase panel van offers 3.2 m3 load space; long wheelbase Maxi has 4.2 m3
  • Payload ratings from 582 kg to 735 kg for panel van
  • New model offered with option of windowless tailgate for the first time
  • Life models feature flexible seating arrangement for up to seven including driver
  • New alloy wheel designs and exterior colours

The Caddy has always matched form with function – combining traditional Volkswagen design qualities with new technology and trademark practicality. The fourth generation model builds on this rich heritage, adding a cleaner, sharper look, and a raft of new equipment that has been integrated to make life easier and safer for drivers and passengers. As with the previous-generation model, the new Caddy is available with a wide range of variants: Panel van, Kombi, Window van and Life.

Caddy Panel van

The new Caddy Panel van is available with two wheelbase options: 2,682 mm for the standard short wheelbase (SWB) model and 3,006 mm for the long-wheelbase Maxi version. The SWB Caddy Panel van has a load capacity of 3.2 m3, while the Maxi has 4.2 m3. Access to the load compartment is via two asymmetrically split rear doors and a sliding side door. The rear doors have a height aperture of 1,137 mm with the load compartment itself offering 1,259 mm of vertical space. The rear doors can be specified with or without windows, with wash-wipe and heated element further options for the glazed version. To maximise ease of access, both rear doors open to 90 degrees with the door latches engaged and 180 degrees when disengaged.

For customers who prefer a single door, the new Caddy comes with the option of an unglazed tailgate for the first time. Load clearance is identical that to that of the twin door design and further illustrates Volkswagen’s commitment to customer choice.

Loading long objects has always been a challenge for compact van owners. Thankfully, the new Caddy is offered with an optional glazed ladder flap that can be installed at the rear of the roof panel, allowing loads to be placed diagonally into the load bed.

The standard side sliding door provides an opening width of 0.7m on the left-hand side of the new Caddy, allowing for easy kerbside loading. For customers wanting the ultimate in load convenience, a second off-side sliding door is available as an option. As with previous models, the new Caddy takes attention to detail to a new level. For example, the sliding doors run on a roller integrated into the roof spars – a feature that allows owners to pack out the load bay without having to leave space for the mechanism as it slides open.

Easy loading is a feature that Caddy owners have come to expect over the years, and the fourth-generation model continues this tradition.  The load sill is just 587 mm from the ground (Maxi 594 mm), while the space between wheelarches is 1,172 mm. Maximum load width is 1,340 mm. The cargo floor itself is completely level, can easily accommodate a standard (1200 x 800mm) euro pallet through the rear doors, and is equipped with six load lashing rings as standard (eight for Maxi variants).  To protect the outer skin of the bodywork, the Caddy is equipped with internal panelling up to the window line. The standard front bulkhead is contoured to provide the driver with the maximum possible seat travel, and features a solid lower section and a rigid, impact-resistant grille at the top. 

Payload ratings for the new Caddy panel van range from 582kg to 735kg, with Gross Vehicle Weights from 2,135 kg to 2,350 kg.

Caddy Maxi Kombi and Caddy Window van

For commercial vehicle drivers who need to combine passenger and load carrying, the new Caddy Kombi allows owners to carry up to five passengers (including the driver) while still offering 1.6 m3 of load space. Based on the long-wheelbase Maxi panel van the Kombi features a rear seat (comprising a two seater bench and a single seat) that can be removed to generate a 4.1 m3 load area – almost identical in capacity to that of the Caddy Maxi panel van. An optional seven-seater package is available for customers who want the ultimate in passenger/load flexibility. This features an additional two-seater rear bench with a fold-down backrest.

In terms of design, the Kombi is fitted with rear side windows, panelled rear sides and a tailgate as standard. It is N1 type approved and classified as a commercial vehicle.

As its name suggests, the Caddy Maxi Window van has windows all round and is classified as M1 type approved which means it is a passenger carrying vehicle. Like the Kombi, it has a rear bench seat with height adjustable head restraints and three-point seat belts for three people. It can also be specified with an additional third row of seats, bringing the passenger count to seven including the driver.

Caddy Life and Caddy Maxi Life

Combining exceptional levels of space with the flexibility, comfort and equipment of an MPV, the new Caddy Life delivers on every level. Type approved as a passenger car (M1), the Caddy Life offers the best of both worlds for drivers who demand car-like quality and van-like value and load carrying ability.

Key to the Caddy Life’s flexibility is its seating layout. Available in standard and long wheelbase Maxi forms, both Caddy Life models are equipped with five seats as standard, with the option of a third row that raises the seating capacity to seven (including the driver).

The two rear rows of seats can be folded, double folded or removed to leave a loading space of up to 3,030 litres (3.03 m3). The Caddy Maxi Life, with its extra 420 mm length, offers an additional 340 litres, bringing the total loading area up to 3,370 litres (3.37 m3).

Designed as a passenger car, the Caddy Maxi Life incorporates a host of additional features over the Kombi and Window van plus a wider range of standard and optional equipment. It is also differentiated in the cabin by a new ‘Life’ dashboard that features a passenger airbag as standard.

Sophisticated new look

Clarity, precision and balance have always marked the Caddy out from the crowd. The fourth-generation model takes Volkswagen’s passion for detail and form to a new level with a bold new design that delivers both inside and out.

The front end has a more defined look with greater visual separation of surfaces. The headlamps, radiator grille and bumper have been redesigned to form a distinctive horizontal band across the front of the vehicle, while the rising V shape that stretches from the grille edges to the base of the window gives the front of the Caddy a more striking appearance. Caddy Life variants add body-coloured bumpers, chrome detailing on the grille and smaller body-coloured door mirrors.

The new design extends to the sides where new accent lines provide a visual link between the nose and the passenger area. As before, the exterior sides of the panel van load cube feature a smooth, unbroken surface that provides the perfect canvas for signwriting and decals.

At the rear, the new Caddy panel van comes with the option of an unglazed tailgate for the first time. Neatly integrating a roof spoiler and high-level brake light, the new tailgate features the same crisp lines and defined surfacing as the rest of the vehicle. The glazed tailgate offered on Life models has also been redesigned and features a smooth edge-to-edge glass panel that creates a sharper, neater look. Also new are the rear multi-chamber light clusters that have a more angular appearance than the units they replace.

Personalisation has become an important element of van ownership over recent years, and Volkswagen continues to lead the way here with a new range of alloy wheels and exterior paint colours. The new Caddy is offered with optional ‘Caloundra’ 15-inch, ‘Bendigo’ 16-inch and ‘Rockhampton’ 17-inch wheels, while the colour palette extends to 16 different shades, including 11 metallic finishes, seven of which are new for this generation.

Inside, the new Caddy takes comfort, convenience and refinement to a new level. The new dashboard layout mirrors the themes introduced on the exterior with distinctive horizontal bands and an emphasis on clean, uncluttered lines. Material quality has been significantly enhanced throughout, while the introduction of improved noise suppression means that Caddy drivers will experience the most car-like experience to date.

The centre console houses the ventilation controls along with the new range of infotainment systems. DAB digital radio and Bluetooth are both fitted as standard across the range, with a line-up of new touchscreen navigation and audio systems available as options.

Further reinforcing the link with Volkswagen’s passenger car range is the availability of a new three-spoke multi-function steering wheel. Complete with leather trim and a sporty flat bottom design, this provides additional convenience for the driver and gives the interior an even more sophisticated look.

Cabin storage remains a key Caddy strength with numerous bins, cubbies and lockable compartments integrated as standard. The door panels can hold bottles of up to 1.5-litres in capacity, while the roof shelf can accommodate A4 folders – keeping important documents safe and secure on the move while also easily accessible.

The new Caddy’s driving position offers exceptional levels of comfort. The steering column adjusts for reach (+30/-20 millimetres) and height (+/-20 millimetres) while Life models are equipped with height adjustable driver and passenger seats as standard (optional on Startline panel van, Kombi and Window van models).

TECHNOLOGY ON BOARD

  • New driver assistance systems deliver safer, more comfortable drive
  • Automatic Post-Collision Braking system fitted to all models in the new range
  • Front Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control and Park Assist all available for the first time
  • Rear view camera, Park Pilot and Optical Parking System for stress-free parking
  • New infotainment systems with colour touchscreens on all models
  • Composition Media system features MirrorLink and smartphone integration
  • DAB digital radio and Bluetooth as standard across the range

Driver assistance systems

The new Caddy is equipped with a number of new, sector-first safety systems – all of which are activated in critical situations as a preventative measure. These are offered alongside a new range of innovative driver assistance systems designed to provide convenience and even greater levels of occupant protection.

Front Assist

Using a radar built into the front end of the new Caddy, Front Assist recognises critical distances to the vehicle in front and helps to ensure safe stopping. In any dangerous situations the system warns the driver visually and audibly, as well as with a slight jolt of the brake. ‘Front Assist’ reacts here in two stages: in the first the assistance system warns the driver with audible and visual signals of any vehicle in front driving slowly or suddenly braking and of the associated risk of collision. In parallel it gets the vehicle ready for emergency braking – by applying the brake pads and alerting the brake assistant. If the driver fails to react to the warning, a one- off short jolt of the brake indicates in the second stage the looming danger of a collision and the brake assistant’s responsiveness is further increased. If the driver then hits the brakes, full braking power is immediately available. If the driver does not brake strongly enough, Front Assist increases the braking pressure to the required level, so that the vehicle comes to a stop before reaching the obstacle.

The system also includes the City Emergency Braking function, which provides assistance at low speeds of under 18mph. If the driver fails to see or react to an obstacle, the system automatically applies the brakes and ensures that the speed of any collision is reduced. Ideally, it completely prevents the vehicle from running into the obstacle.

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) can be activated at speeds between 0-70 mph (DSG) or 20-70 mph (manual transmission). Using the Front Assist radar sensor, it measures the distance to the vehicles in front and their relative speed. The driver sets the desired distance and speed via buttons on the multi-function steering wheel. Within its range, a sensor then constantly monitors the area in front of the vehicle. By pressing on the accelerator or brake, the driver can interrupt the ACC system,  cruising speed can be resumed at any time by pressing the button on the steering wheel.

In combination with DSG transmission, the ACC system can also slow the vehicle down, for example in queues or traffic jam situations, to a complete stop. Depending on the situation, ACC starts up again automatically after a predefined period.

Automatic Post-Collision Braking System

The Automatic Post-Collision Braking System automatically brakes the Caddy when it is involved in an accident in order to reduce the risk or severity of a secondary collision. This innovative system is fitted across the new Caddy range.

Triggering of the system is based on detection of a primary collision by the airbag sensors. Vehicle braking is limited by the ESC control unit to a maximum deceleration rate of 0.6g.  This value matches the deceleration level of Front Assist and ensures that the driver can take over handling of the car even in case of automatic braking.

The driver can ‘override’ the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System at any time; for example, if the system recognises that the driver is accelerating, it is disabled. The system is also deactivated if the driver initiates hard braking at an even higher rate of deceleration. Essentially, the system applies the brakes until a vehicle speed of 6 mph is reached, so this residual vehicle speed can be used to steer to a safe location after the braking process.

High-beam assistant ‘Light Assist’.

This system automatically dips the headlights and prevents dazzle for oncoming vehicles, or vehicles travelling ahead. At night time and at speeds of above 37 mph, the system automatically switches the headlights to high-beam providing there is no oncoming traffic.

Park Assist

In addition to enabling automated parallel parking, the optional ‘Park Assist’ system also offers parking at right-angles to the carriageway – an especially practical feature for courier services. The system can be activated at speeds of up to 25 mph by pressing a button on the centre console. Using the indicators, the driver selects the side of the road on which the vehicle is to be parked. If, via the Caddy’s ultrasound sensors, Park Assist detects a large enough parking space, the assisted parking can begin: having put the vehicle into reverse, all the driver has to do is operate the accelerator and brake. The Caddy takes care of the steering. Audible signals and visual information on the multifunction display assist the driver. While parking, Park Assist reduces the vehicle’s speed to 4.5 mph.

Driver Alert system

This system monitors and registers deviation from normal steering patterns and uses visual and acoustic warnings to recommend that the driver takes a break. Standard on Trendline and Highline models, the system monitors driving behaviour at speeds above 40mph.

Optical Parking System (OPS)

A new 360 degree optical parking system (OPS) also makes manoeuvring easier and safer. The OPS provides a graphic representation of the vehicle from above on the colour display of the infotainment system. By means of yellow and red signals the driver can then easily see whether the Caddy has a sufficient gap from any obstacles in front or behind it. The system gives an audible warning at the same time. .

ParkPilot

This system operates in a slightly simpler way to the Optical Parking System, but is equally effective at avoiding objects when moving at low speeds. Using a series of warning beeps, it helps the driver manoeuvre into a parking space. As the vehicle gets closer to the obstacle the frequency of the beeps increases. If the distance to the obstacle is less than 30 cm, the beep is continuous and an image in the multifunction display highlights using different colours the critical areas of proximity.

Rear-view camera

This uses a wide-angle camera located in the rear number plate surround to display a clear view of the area behind the vehicle on the infotainment screen. Available as an option, the rear-view camera is available with twin door and tailgate designs.

Fog lights with integrated cornering lights

Available as an option, these help to illuminate curves and bends in the road ahead where the vehicle is turning.

All-new infotainment systems

The new Caddy benefits from a substantial upgrade in infotainment systems with a host of new-generation audio and navigation systems available for the first time. Every Caddy in the new range is equipped with touchscreen infotainment as standard with the option to upgrade to larger systems featuring satellite navigation and smartphone integration. The new generation systems come in three levels of specification and two different display sizes: 5 and 6.5- inches.

All new Caddy models are equipped with a Composition Colour radio system as standard. Featuring a 5-inch touchscreen, this feature-packed system includes DAB digital radio and Bluetooth connection for hands-free calling. It is equipped with an AUX-in connection, SD card slot and an MP3-compatible CD player.

For owners wanting more features, the Composition Media system offers a larger 6.5-inch display and is coupled with a proximity sensor that is integrated across the area beneath the display. As a hand approaches the screen, functions appear on the screen and are readily available. When functional inputs are not required, the full screen can be seen, increasing ease of visibility. The display also responds to wiping and zooming gestures, as used in smartphones and tablets. The Composition Media unit also includes a USB input, the port for which is located in a separate compartment on the centre console.

The Composition Media system is also available with Volkswagen’s pioneering App Connect system that allows owners of Apple and Android devices to integrate their smartphones. The three options are:

Apple CarPlay

This allows owners to manage selected apps from their iPhone while on the move. The apps, which include maps, phone, news, music are presented on the main display and can also be activated and controlled via Apple’s Siri voice command system. In addition to the native Apple apps, CarPlay also supports other apps such as Spotify, Stitcher, & Skype

Android Auto

As with CarPlay, Android Auto from Google enables owners to operate suitable apps safely from their smartphone using the Android operating system while driving.

Owners can operate everything by voice input, with a wide range of apps (including Google Play Music, Pandora or Spotify) being supported. Android Auto also supports third-party apps such as Joyride, Podcast Player, Stitcher, Umano, & Pocket Cast

MirrorLink

Another option for Android device owners, MirrorLink allows the owners of compatible Android handsets to use a wide range of native and third-party apps, by mirroring the screen of the mobile device on to the screen of the infotainment system. Apps supported include Shared Audio, Drive & Track, Parkopedia and Glympse.

Alternatively, buyers wishing to add navigation function without a smartphone can specify an optional Discover Media navigation module that adds full European sat nav functionality.

ENGINES AND TRANSMISSIONS

  • New Euro 6 engines deliver improved fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions
  • Euro 6 engines equipped with BlueMotion Technology features as standard
  • BlueMotion Technology available on Euro 5 engines
  • Power outputs range from 75 PS through 102 to 140 PS for Euro 5 units
  • Euro 6 powertrains offer power from 102 to 150 PS at launch
  • Caddy BlueMotion is the most efficient Caddy ever: 65.7 mpg combined, 114 g/km CO2
  • DSG transmissions available on four engines, broadening customer choice

The fourth-generation Caddy is the cleanest and most efficient ever with the introduction of new technologies designed to help owners go further for less while reducing their impact on the environment.

For the first time, the Caddy is available with a Euro 6 compliant engine. This highly advanced 2.0-litre unit includes BlueMotion Technology as standard – consisting of Start/Stop and regenerative braking systems as well as low rolling resistance tyres – and comes with two power outputs and the option of a six-speed DSG transmission.

1.6-litre TDI 75 PS (Euro 5) 

Available in the Caddy panel van only, this four-cylinder, 1.6-litre, common-rail, direct-injection diesel engine delivers its maximum torque of 225 Nm from as low as 1,500 rpm up to 2,250 rpm. As with every model in the new Caddy range, it is fitted with a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF), and produces CO2 emissions of 149 g/km.

It is fitted with a five-speed manual gearbox and reaches a top speed of 93 mph with a 0-62 mph time of 16.7 seconds. It is also one of the most economical engines in the Caddy range with fuel economy of 69.6 mpg on the combined cycle.

As with all Euro 5 engines, this unit is available with the option of BlueMotion Technology for a small additional premium. With BMT fitted, this engine can return 53.3mpg on the combined cycle and has CO2 emissions of 139g/km.

1.6-litre TDI 102 PS (Euro 5)

This higher-powered 102 PS version of the four-cylinder, 1.6-litre, common-rail, direct-injection, turbocharged diesel engine is available across the Caddy and Caddy Maxi panel van ranges. Maximum torque of 250 Nm is available from 1,500 to 2,500 rpm. It has a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF), returns 49.6mpg on the combined cycle and produces CO2 emissions of 149 g/km. A five-speed manual gearbox is fitted as standard, with the option of a seven-speed DSG transmission for all models.

This unit is also available with the option of BlueMotion Technology for a small additional premium. With BMT fitted, it can return 55.4mpg on the combined cycle and has CO2 emissions of 134g/km.

2.0-litre TDI 140 PS (Euro 5)

Available in the Caddy panel van only, this high-output unit delivers exceptional flexibility with 320 Nm of torque available from just 1,750 rpm. Despite its impressive performance, this engine is also highly fuel efficient with a combined mpg figure of 47.1mpg (manual models). Equipped with a five-speed manual transmission as standard, it can also be specified with a six-speed DSG gearbox.

This unit is also available with the option of BlueMotion Technology for a small additional premium. With BMT fitted, this engine can return 53.3mpg on the combined cycle and has CO2 emissions of 139g/km.

2.0-litre TDI 102 PS (Euro 6)

Available across the new Caddy line-up, the new 2.0-litre TDI 102 PS is the most advanced engine ever offered in the Caddy. Equipped as standard with Volkswagen’s acclaimed BlueMotion suite of fuel-saving features (Start/Stop, regenerative braking and low rolling resistance tyres) this 2.0-litre TDI unit returns 61.4mpg on the combined cycle and emits 120 g/km of CO2.

This engine is also fitted to the Caddy BlueMotion, a stand-alone model that features a host of additional efficiency fuel-saving technologies (see separate section). When fitted in the Caddy BlueMotion model, this engine returns 65.7 mpg on the combined cycle and emits just 114 g/km of CO2.

2.0-litre TDI 150 PS (Euro 6)

Available in the Caddy Kombi, Window van and Life, the new 2.0-litre TDI 150 PS tops the fourth-generation line-up. With a torque output of 340 Nm, this engine delivers strong flexibility from low engine speeds and is equipped with BlueMotion Technology modifications as standard. It can return up to 56.5 mpg on the combined cycle and has CO2 emissions from 131 g/km (Caddy Life with manual transmission). Equipped with a six-speed manual transmission as standard, this engine can also be specified with a six-speed DSG automatic gearbox.

AdBlue®

Euro 6 emissions standards (a legal requirement for passenger-carrying vehicles from September 2015 and LCVs from September 2016) dictate that all diesel-powered vehicles need exhaust gas treatment to reduce levels of nitrous oxides (NOx). To achieve this, all Euro 6 compliant engines in the new Caddy range are equipped with a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) converter that requires AdBlue® to break down the NOx component of the exhaust gas into nitrogen and water. AdBlue® is a non-toxic, non-flammable, biodegradable urea and water-based liquid that must be kept topped up by the operator and may require refilling between services. It is carried in an additional tank and is topped up via a filler nozzle located under the bonnet.

Transmissions

The fourth-generation Caddy is available with a variety of transmission options, all of which optimise the performance and economy of the engines to which they are coupled.

 

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6spd DSG

7spd DSG

1.6 TDI 75 PS (Eu5)

 

 

 

1.6 TDI 102 PS (Euro5)

 

 

2.0 TDI 140 PS (Euro 5)

 

 

2.0 102 PS (Euro 6)

 

 

2.0 150 PS (Euro 6)

 

 

DSG – Dual Shift Gearbox

The new Caddy’s DSG gearbox provides the best of both automatic and manual worlds with a fast and smooth gear change.

The DSG transmission operates with two automatic clutches – while one clutch is engaged, the second is primed to accept the drive for the next gear. Using this unique twin-clutch design, gear changes are completed in less than four hundredths of a second.

The driver can leave the transmission in ‘drive’ mode or elect to change gear manually, via the gear lever, pushing it forward to change up and pulling back to change down.

BLUEMOTION

For operators looking to take the fuel efficiency of their Caddy to a whole new level – and cut emissions even further in the process – Volkswagen has developed a range of BlueMotion solutions. These take the form of a new stand-alone Caddy BlueMotion model – available in SWB panel van form only – and an optional BlueMotion Technology ‘pack’ that can be specified on most models in the range.

BlueMotion Technology

BlueMotion Technology is a suite of fuel-saving technologies available across the Caddy range. Comprising four clever elements, BlueMotion Technology modifications are fitted as standard to all Euro 6-compliant engines and available as an option on selected Euro 5-compliant engines. BlueMotion Technology significantly reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, which in turn leads to lower running costs and reduced environmental impact.

Volkswagen’s BlueMotion Technology enables users to be environmentally friendly without compromising on power or performance. Using simple innovations, BlueMotion Technology-equipped models strike a perfect balance between driving enjoyment and environmental friendliness but remain suitable for everyday use.

Cruise control

By keeping the Caddy at a constant speed, cruise control saves fuel that would normally be wasted when road speed fluctuates. Especially useful for driving over long stretches, it stops road speed creeping up unintentionally and reduces the driver’s physical workload.

Hill Hold Assist

This clever system helps the Caddy driver make a smooth, efficient getaway every time. On steep inclines, the system holds the brakes at the optimum level to prevent the vehicle rolling back. This reduces the need for the driver to rev the engine unnecessarily.

Start/stop

Allows the driver to save fuel at traffic lights and in stationary traffic. With the vehicle in neutral and the clutch out, the engine automatically switches off, saving fuel and reducing emissions. To restart the engine, all the driver needs to do is depress the clutch. The system can be deactivated through a switch, if necessary. With the DSG gearbox, the Start/stop system is activated through the brake pedal.

Energy recuperation / battery regeneration

When braking, the energy created as the engine turns is wasted. Volkswagen’s energy recuperation system uses some of that momentum to run the alternator and charge the battery. If the battery is well-charged, the engine has to do less work turning the alternator to keep it topped up. This cuts fuel use and can reduce emissions.

New Caddy BlueMotion

This stand-alone model has been developed to be the cleanest and most fuel efficient Caddy ever. The new model features a suite of BlueMotion technologies that have been fine-tuned specifically for the Caddy. Available in SWB panel van form only, the Caddy BlueMotion is powered by a Euro 6-compliant 2.0-litre TDI engine that develops 102 PS and 250 Nm of torque.

Featuring all the technologies offered as part of the existing BlueMotion Technology package, the Caddy BlueMotion adds a lowered chassis, aero-efficient 15-inch steel wheels with covers and more efficient engine management. As a result of these measures, the Caddy BlueMotion returns 65.7 mpg on the combined cycle and has CO2 emissions of 114 g/km. Thanks to these impressive figures and a 55-litre fuel tank, the new Caddy BlueMotion has a potential driving range of 788 miles.

VALUE AND EQUIPMENT

  • High equipment levels standard across the new Caddy range
  • New infotainment systems with touchscreen technology on all models
  • Climatic air conditioning, alloy wheels and heated windscreen on Highline trim
  • Automatic Post-Collision Braking System fitted as standard
  • Startline, Trendline and Highline trim levels for Caddy panel van
  • Heated windscreen, rain sensors and alloy wheels standard on Life models
  • Vast range of options allow owners to personalise their vehicles                         

The Caddy panel van is available in three trim levels – Startline, Trendline and Highline – and with short or Maxi wheelbases.

Generously equipped across the range the entry-level Startline model comes with an impressive array of standard features, including electric windows and heated and electrically adjustable wing mirrors, a five-inch touchscreen Composition Colour radio system with DAB+ and Bluetooth capability. Startline models also come with a lockable glovebox, plus safety features such as driver and front passenger front, side and curtain airbags, Automatic Post-Collision Braking system and a seatbelt reminder.  

Moving up the range, Trendline models add full wheel covers, body-coloured bumpers, handles and wing mirrors, rear parking sensors, cruise control, multi-function display, driver’s lumbar support, under-seat storage and sun visors with vanity mirrors.

At the top of the range, Highline models gain alloy wheels, front fog lights and daytime running lights, Climatic air conditioning, heated front windscreen, automatic dimming rear-view mirror, Thatcham category 1 alarm and windscreen wipers with intermittent control and rain sensor.

Caddy Life models also enjoy exceptionally high levels of standard equipment. With an even greater emphasis on passenger comfort and refinement, Life models are fitted with a height adjustable drivers seat, Kutamo cloth upholstery, leather multifunction steering wheel and interior carpeting. Life models also feature a heated windscreen, rain sensors, automatic wipers and alloy wheels as standard.          

Caddy panel van standard equipment: (blue denotes new features)               

STARTLINE              

Audio and communications           

> Colour composition 5” touchscreen radio  
> DAB+ radio
> Bluetooth® phone connectivity      
> AUX-IN socket and two speakers
> SD card slot
> CD player

Cab area        

> Electric front windows        
> Electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors    
> Lockable glove compartment        
> Open storage compartment in front of passenger
> Austin cloth upholstery      
> Digital clock
> Dimmable dashboard illumination  
> Driver’s seat with height, reach and rake adjustment        
> Four drinks holders and storage compartment in centre console  
> Interior light in headliner      
> Manually controlled heating system with dust and pollen filter and air recirculation    
> Reach and rake adjustable steering column          
> Rear-view mirror with anti-dazzle function
> Rubber floor covering        
> Servotronic speed-related power-assisted steering          
> 12v socket              

Cargo area    

> Full-height bulkhead with solid lower and mesh upper      
> Full-height solid bulkhead (Caddy Maxi and C20+)          
> Hardboard roof trim and painted half-height side panels  
> Heavy-duty suspension (C20+)    
> Load-lashing rings (six on Caddy, eight on Caddy Maxi)  
> Two door-activated interior lights   

Exterior         

> Glazed asymmetric rear wing doors with heated rear window and wash-wipe (Caddy)      
> Glazed asymmetric rear wing doors with opaque glass (Caddy Maxi and C20+)    
> Grey door mirrors and handles      
> Grey front and rear bumpers        
> Heat insulating windscreen
> Roof rail preparation          
> Single near-side sliding door (Caddy)        
> Twin near-side and off-side sliding doors (Caddy Maxi)                

Safety and security

> Curtain airbag        
> Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)    
> Automatic hazard light activation under emergency braking         
> Driver’s airbag        
> Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)  
> Electronic Differential Lock (EDL)
> Electronic Stabilisation Programme (ESP)
> Engine Drag Torque Control (MSR)          
> Halogen main headlights with range control and daytime running lights        
> Height-adjustable head restraints  
> Remote central locking with deadlocks, interior locking and two remote keys        
> Thatcham Category 2 approved immobilizer        
> Traction Control System (TCS)    
> Windscreen wipers with variable intermittent delay

Wheels and tyres     

> New black wheel centre caps        
> 15” steel wheels with 195/65 R15 tyres      
> 16” steel wheels with 205/55 R16 tyres (140PS models)  
> Full-size steel spare wheel  
> Tool kit and jack     

Caddy BlueMotion model additionally features:

> BlueMotion Technology (Start/Stop, Hill Hold Assist, low rolling resistance tyres, regenerative braking)
> BlueMotion exterior badge
> Breakdown kit - in lieu of spare wheel
> Car-like aerodynamic door mirrors
> Efficient engine management software
> Lowered ride height
> Protective side strips
> Wheel covers

TRENDLINE (Equipment in addition to Startline)                       

Audio and communications           

> Multifunction display                       

Cab area        

> Driver’s seat lumbar adjustment (8 way seat movement)
> Cruise Control        
> Storage compartments under front seats  
> Twin sun visors with vanity mirrors            

Exterior         

> New wheel covers with, multi-spoke design          
> Body-coloured bumpers, mirrors and door handles          
> Rear parking sensors                     

HIGHLINE (Equipment in addition to Trendline)             

Cab area        

> Heated windscreen
> Automatically dimming interior rear-view mirror    
> Climatic air-conditioning    
> Leather steering wheel, gearknob and gaiter                     

Exterior         

> Front fog lamps                  

Safety and security  

> Windscreen wipers with intermittent control and rain sensors       
> Separate daytime running lights, with low beam assist and coming home lights
> Thatcham Category 1 approved alarm and immobilizer with tow-away, perimeter and interior cab protection               

Wheels and tyres     

> New 15” Colundra light alloy wheels (retains steel spare wheel)  
> New 16” Bendigo light alloy wheels (with 140PS engine, retains steel spare wheel) 

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