The Volkswagen Caddy is not new to the market, having been on the global market for many decades, having debuted the global market in the year 1982, following its release in the year 1980. It comes as a light commercial vehicle which does well for what it was designed for. It is a product of the Germany car maker Volkswagen Group, produced for the local market by Volkswagen South Africa.
Since its introduction up to 1984, Volkswagen unveiled two diesel options and six petrol variants. The engines provided by Volkswagen were the 1.0 petrol, 1.3 petrol, 1.5 petrol, 1.5 diesel which was provided on the debutant model in 1980; and the 1.6 petrol, 1.7 petrol, 1.6 diesel with turbo function and the 1.8 petrol all provide globally on various markets.
The South Africa model portfolio is spelt as follows; at the base being the 1.6i Trendline followed by the 2.0 TDI Trendline, then the Maxi 2.0 TDI Trendline and at the upper trim level being the Maxi 2.0 TDI Trendline DSG®. The base 1.6i Trendline engine does 75kW at 5600 rpm, with a carbon emission ratio of 195g/km and a favorable fuel consumption of 8.2 liters per 100km. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox, while the security and safety is backed by the Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Differential Lock (EDL), Traction Control System (TCS), Engine Drag Torque Control (MSR), driver and passenger front and side airbags and daytime running lights. The model also features the multi-function onboard computer and an electro-mechanical power steering. The seating is defined by the 2-seater bench and separate seat in 2nd seat row, folding/tipping/removable. The 2.0 TDI Trendline does 81kW and also has a very good carbon emission ratio of 149g/km. Fuel consumption on the 2.0 TDI Trendline is 5.7 liters per 100km. Also common on this model is the 5-speed manual transmission.
Fuel consumption on the Maxi 2.0 TDI Trendline remains at the favorable 5.8 liters per 100km and carbon emission remains low at 152g/km. Also common is the 5-speed manual transmission orientation. It comes a seven-seater which uses 16 inch Siracusa alloy wheels. An added advantage on the Maxi 2.0 TDI Trendline is the folding/tipping/removable seats in the third row.
The Maxi 2.0 TDI Trendline DSG® uses a 6-speed DSG transmission orientation, capable of 103kW at 4200 rpm, while fuel consumption is 6.3 liters per 100km. The braking system features disc brakes on the front and rear, with the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Differential Lock (EDL), Traction Control System (TCS) and Engine Drag Torque Control (MSR) forming the basis of the solidity and stability of the Volkswagen Caddy. Safety and security on the Volkswagen Caddy, Maxi 2.0 TDI Trendline DSG® is backed by both passive and active features that include, among many the 3-point Automatic seatbelts front and rear, the child lock on sliding doors, driver and passenger airbags, front passenger airbag with deactivation, front side airbags and height adjustable front seatbelts.
Volkswagen also provides a First Aid kit and warning triangle for the safety and security of the users of the car. To secure the car from theft and high-jecking the Caddy also features an engine immobilizer. For the maximum security of children, the Caddy provides the ISOFIX Child-seat preparation.
The interior comfort and goodies include the radio and CD player, which is MP3 compatible, supported for the best sound quality and that powerful base, by the 6-speaker sound system, for the love of music and entertainment. The interior is also designed for maximum comfort; its almost unbelievable that this vehicle is a commercial vehicle. Also provided for greater comfort is the climatic air-conditioner system which is semi-automatic. The exterior of the Caddy, Maxi 2.0 TDI Trendline DSG® is defined by the colored bumpers, sliding doors, fog lights, halogen lights and additional engine and transmission guard.
The Caddy is offered with a 3 year/ 120,000km warranty and a 12 year Anti-corrosion warranty, while service interval is recommended at 15,000km. The Volkswagen is one of the best light commercial vehicles on the market, which provides reliable solutions and genuine performance and also doing justice to the commercial call it was designed for.