Volkswagen South Africa has quietly added a new 1,0 TSI Trendline variant to its Caddy range, slotting the newcomer below the diesel-powered derivative.

So, how much for this new five-seater Caddy 1,0 TSI Trendline model? Well, pricing starts at R306 300.

Its turbocharged 1,0-litre, three-cylinder engine sends 75 kW (between 5 000 and 5 500 r/min) and 175 N.m (from 1 500 to 3 500 r/min) to the front axle via a five-speed manual gearbox. VW SA claims it will sip at around 5,6 litres per 100 km.

The petrol variant shares its Trendline trim level with the 2,0 TDI model (priced at R415 800), which means it features standard items such as 16-inch alloys, tyre-pressure monitoring, the brand's familiar Composition Media infotainment system and cruise control. Safety equipment includes six airbags, ABS, hill-hold control and an electronic stability programme.

A three-year/120 000 km warranty ships standard, along with a three-year/60 000 km service plan (with intervals of 15 000 km).

The fourth-generation Caddy range launched in South Africa in early 2016. The line-up currently comprises the two variants mentioned above, along with the seven-seater Caddy Maxi and more ruggedly styled Caddy Alltrack. Crew bus and panel van derivatives are also available locally.