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The entry-level Volkswagen Caddy makes economic sense ... and it’s a pleasure to drive.

We’ve experienced many thoroughly enjoyable miles driving Volkswagen Caddy TDIs over the years (including running a number of them in our long-term fleet). Abundant comfort, massive space and miserly fuel consumption make this vehicle one of the best all-rounders for families and businesses transporting goods of most types. Not everyone can afford more than R400 000 for these privileges, however. This is why VW SA provides a petrol-powered version at around R100 000 off the cheapest oil-burner’s price tag (that’ll be the 2,0 TDI Trendline manual). The purpose of this test is to determine what you may be missing out on with this saving.

Looking at the luxuries first, we have a Trendline array of goodies as standard. This means rather attractive 16-inch Bendigo alloys, including the spare, electric mirrors and front windows, VW’s full-feature Composition Media touchscreen infotainment system and a leather-bound steering wheel.

The Caddy is all about space and that’s the main reason for its popularity. To maximise interior room, the sliding doors are slim thanks to the sliding windows. The roof is so tall that an overhead compartment swallows yet more goods such as documents, laptops … even grocery items, all out of sight. There is lots of clearance for your legs and even more space under the seats. If you choose the towbar option (R7 365), this is neatly located in a floor compartment behind the driver’s seat. The rear sill height is very low, ideal for loading heavy goods. A comfort feature that’s missing is an adjustable centre armrest. The lid is fixed and the level is too low for most people. The door pockets are large but the glovebox small. Aiding rear space are 60:40-split seats that fold and tumble forward. It truly is a wonderfully adaptable, comfortable space.

We have now experienced several manufacturers’ three-cylinder turbo engines of small capacity, designed in the name of efficiency. While impressive in many ways, these types of powertrains can exhibit a few negative traits. For one, they’re often not as smooth as a four-cylinder which is especially noticeable at low revs. Secondly, there is a lack of low-down torque as the turbo must spool up before the engine delivers. If you add a dual-clutch automatic gearbox with less-than-perfect cog swaps – something which is frequently done – you impact driving enjoyment. In the case of this Caddy, the solution is a straightforward manual gearbox. It doesn’t entirely alleviate some of the lag inherent in VW’s 1,0 TSI engine but soon educates the pilot to use a touch of clutch slip combined with a slight dab of throttle to prevent stalling on take-off. Once moving, the drivetrain is an impressive one as the engine smooths out, torque kicks in and the Caddy goes down the road effortlessly.

Interestingly, the TSI’s power output is identical to the first Caddy we tested in 2005, a naturally aspirated 1,6-litre. Comparing performance, the acceleration to 100 km/h is now slightly quicker, with similar braking figures (the times of which are still poorer than we’d like), but fuel consumption is much improved. We saw computer readouts of just over 7,0 L/100 km rising to 9,5 after performance testing, with our fuel run returning 7,5 L/100 km.

Due to its upright stance, strong winds affect stability, although the handling and steering feel are well sorted considering the Caddy’s workhorse origins. Those roots do make themselves known in the ride, which is more fidgety than in crossovers at this model’s price, but overall refinement is very good.



The entry-level Volkswagen Caddy makes economic sense ... and it’s a pleasure to drive.

We’ve experienced many thoroughly enjoyable miles driving Volkswagen Caddy TDIs over the years (including running a number of them in our long-term fleet). Abundant comfort, massive space and miserly fuel consumption make this vehicle one of the best all-rounders for families and businesses transporting goods of most types. Not everyone can afford more than R400 000 for these privileges, however. This is why VW SA provides a petrol-powered version at around R100 000 off the cheapest oil-burner’s price tag (that’ll be the 2,0 TDI Trendline manual). The purpose of this test is to determine what you may be missing out on with this saving.

Looking at the luxuries first, we have a Trendline array of goodies as standard. This means rather attractive 16-inch Bendigo alloys, including the spare, electric mirrors and front windows, VW’s full-feature Composition Media touchscreen infotainment system and a leather-bound steering wheel.

The Caddy is all about space and that’s the main reason for its popularity. To maximise interior room, the sliding doors are slim thanks to the sliding windows. The roof is so tall that an overhead compartment swallows yet more goods such as documents, laptops … even grocery items, all out of sight. There is lots of clearance for your legs and even more space under the seats. If you choose the towbar option (R7 365), this is neatly located in a floor compartment behind the driver’s seat. The rear sill height is very low, ideal for loading heavy goods. A comfort feature that’s missing is an adjustable centre armrest. The lid is fixed and the level is too low for most people. The door pockets are large but the glovebox small. Aiding rear space are 60:40-split seats that fold and tumble forward. It truly is a wonderfully adaptable, comfortable space.

We have now experienced several manufacturers’ three-cylinder turbo engines of small capacity, designed in the name of efficiency. While impressive in many ways, these types of powertrains can exhibit a few negative traits. For one, they’re often not as smooth as a four-cylinder which is especially noticeable at low revs. Secondly, there is a lack of low-down torque as the turbo must spool up before the engine delivers. If you add a dual-clutch automatic gearbox with less-than-perfect cog swaps – something which is frequently done – you impact driving enjoyment. In the case of this Caddy, the solution is a straightforward manual gearbox. It doesn’t entirely alleviate some of the lag inherent in VW’s 1,0 TSI engine but soon educates the pilot to use a touch of clutch slip combined with a slight dab of throttle to prevent stalling on take-off. Once moving, the drivetrain is an impressive one as the engine smooths out, torque kicks in and the Caddy goes down the road effortlessly.

Interestingly, the TSI’s power output is identical to the first Caddy we tested in 2005, a naturally aspirated 1,6-litre. Comparing performance, the acceleration to 100 km/h is now slightly quicker, with similar braking figures (the times of which are still poorer than we’d like), but fuel consumption is much improved. We saw computer readouts of just over 7,0 L/100 km rising to 9,5 after performance testing, with our fuel run returning 7,5 L/100 km.

Due to its upright stance, strong winds affect stability, although the handling and steering feel are well sorted considering the Caddy’s workhorse origins. Those roots do make themselves known in the ride, which is more fidgety than in crossovers at this model’s price, but overall refinement is very good.

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Manufacturer Specifications

Standard - standard Optional - optional
  • Cloth upholstery: Standard
  • Seats quantity: 5
  • Folding rear seat: Standard
  • Air conditioning: Standard
  • Cup bottle holders: front + rear
  • Lumbar support adjustment: opt front
  • Front armrests: Standard
  • Antilock braking system (ABS): Standard
  • Traction control: Standard
  • Stability control: Standard
  • Tyre pressure sensor monitor deflation detection system: Standard
  • Driver airbag: Standard
  • Front passenger airbag: Standard
  • Front side airbags: Standard
  • Curtain airbags: Standard
  • Airbag quantity: 6
  • Attention assist rest assist break alert: Standard
  • Approach home safe lighting time delay park headlights: Standard
  • Hillstart assist hillholder: Standard
  • Alloy wheelsrims: Standard
  • Power steering: Standard
  • Multifunction steering wheel controls: Standard
  • On board computer multi information display: Standard
  • Cruise control: Standard
  • Bluetooth connectivity: Optional
  • Voice control: Standard
  • Aux in auxiliary input: Optional
  • USB port: Standard
  • Powersocket 12V: front + boot
  • Central locking: remote
  • Remote central locking: Standard
  • Electric windows: front (sliding rear side)
  • Rain sensor auto wipers: Standard
  • Auto dim interior mirror: Standard
  • Electric adjust mirrors: Standard
  • Heated exterior mirrors: Standard
  • Daytime driving running lights: LED
  • Light sensor auto on off lights: Standard
  • Xenon headlights: Standard
  • Frontfog lamps lights: Standard
  • Highlevel 3rd brakelight: Standard
  • Rear fog lamps lights: Standard
  • Park distance control PDC: opt front + rear + park assist (opt rear camera)
  • Camera for park distance control: opt rear
  • Towbar trailer hitch: Optional
  • Metallic pearl escent paint: Optional
  • Fuel Type: petrol
  • Fuel range average: 982 km
  • Driven wheels: front
  • Driven wheels quantity: 2
  • Gearratios quantity: 5
  • Gearshift: manual
  • Transmission type: manual
  • Diff lock: front electronic
  • Front tyres: 205/55 R16
  • Reartyres: 205/55 R16
  • Spare wheel size full: alloy
  • Length: 4408 mm
  • Width excl mirrors incl mirrors: 1793-2065 mm
  • Height: 1858 mm
  • Wheel base: 2682 mm
  • Ground clearance minimum maximum: 155 mm
  • Turning circle wheels body: 11.1 m
  • Approach angle: 15.7
  • Break over ramp angle: 13.5
  • Departure angle: 17.5
  • Load volume / capacity: 750 L
  • Load volume / capacity: 750 L
  • Unladen/tare/kerb weight: 1473 kg
  • Load carrying capacity / payload: 807
  • Gross weight (GVM): 2280 kg
  • Towing capacity - unbraked: 700
  • Towing capacity - braked: 1500
  • Fuel tank capacity (incl reserve): 55l
  • Fuel consumption urban: 6.6 l/100km
  • Fuel consumption extra urban: 5.0 l/100km
  • Fuel consumption average: 5.6 l/100km
  • CO2 emissions average: 128g/km
  • Power maximum: 75 kW
  • Power maximum total: 75 kW
  • Power peak revs: 5000-5500 r/min
  • Power to weight ratio: 50.9 kW/ton
  • Torque maximum: 175 Nm
  • Torque peak revs: 1500-3500 r/min
  • Torque maximum total: 175 Nm
  • Torque to weight ratio: 119 Nm/ton
  • Acceleration 0-100 kmh: n/as
  • Maximum top speed: n/a km/h
  • Engine position/ location: front
  • Engine capacity: 999 cc
  • Engine size: 1.0l
  • enginedetailshort: 1.0T
  • Engine + detail: 1.0 turbo
  • Cylinder layout: inline
  • Cylinders: 3
  • Cylinder layout + quantity: i3
  • Valves per cylinder: 4
  • Valves quantity: 12
  • Turbocharger: Standard
  • Warranty time (years): 3
  • Warranty distance (km): 120000 km
  • Service plan: Standard
  • Service plan time (years): 3
  • Service plan time (distance): 60000 km
  • Service interval indicator: Standard
  • Service interval (distance): 15000 km
  • Brand: Volkswagen
  • Status: c
  • Segment: passenger car
  • MMcode: 64038395
  • MMVariant: CADDY 1.0 TSI TRENDLINE
  • Introdate: 2019-08-01
  • DuoportarecordID: VolkCadd2e11

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