The fifth generation of Volkswagen’s versatile Caddy van will soon touch down in Australia with more space and enough tech to earn its modern stripes.
Volkswagen has finally given us a full breakdown on the exact price and specification of the Caddy range which is set to arrive in Australia in July.
The fifth-generation model will continue to be offered in both a standard and longer Maxi wheelbase in the commercial van form factor, while those needing a few more seats can look to the Caddy People Mover and new California variant.
Kicking off the range is the Caddy Cargo TDI 280 which starts at $34,990 (before on-roads) for the standard wheelbase and $36,990 (before on-roads) for the Maxi. Both use a two-litre turbodiesel engine making 75kW of power 280Nm of torque which is paired to a six-speed manual transmission.
Buyers not keen on three pedals can opt for the Caddy Cargo TDI320 which has a more powerful tune at 90kW/320Nm and is paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch for an additional $3,000.
The 2021 Caddy sits on the same MQB platform as the highly-praised Golf and packs a range of modern upgrades including an 8.25-inch display with wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto which you can plug into via two USB C ports.
Volkswagen has fitted a leather-wrapped steering wheel along with a single sliding door on the standard model and dual sliding doors on the Maxi, the latter of which can now accommodate two standard pallets lengthways with the wheelbase stretched a further 215mm.
Safety features such as high and low-speed AEB with the ability to detect pedestrians and cyclists have been made standard across the range along with a rearview camera.
Volkswagen offers the Caddy People Mover exclusively in the stretched Maxi wheelbase combined with the more powerful TDI320 engine and seven-speed DSG drivetrain.
Following Volkswagen’s new naming convention, the base grade is known as the Caddy People Mover which starts at $45,490 (before on-roads) with a top-spec Life grade also available for $49,990 (before on-roads)
The Caddy People Mover is fitted with seven seats with the ability to remove the three seats in the second row and two seats in the third to unlock the full capacity of a traditional van.
Making it feel a bit less industrial than its commercial counterpart is the addition of a luggage compart cover, fabric-covered armrest and black painted mirrors and body-coloured door handles.
Safety is stepped up as well, with two ISOFIX-equipped seats in the second row, along with lane keep assist, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
Buyers who opt for the top-trim Caddy Life gain a slew of creature comforts including a digital driver’s display auto-dimming rear mirror, two-zone climate control and automatic headlights.
The exterior also gets a dress-up with 17-inch alloy wheels, black roof rails along with handy safety features such as front and rear sensors and adaptive cruise control.
While the new Caddy won’t arrive in Australia until July, buyers can pre-order the van online or at their local dealership.
All prices listed are before on-road costs.
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