The wait for the all-new Volkswagen Caddy van is nearly over, the newly named Volkswagen Caddy Cargo van is set to reach its first customers in early 2021 with order books opening next month, here is everything you need to know about the new VW van!
New Volkswagen Caddy Cargo
The fifth generation Volkswagen Caddy van is nearly here, named the VW Caddy Cargo, the new small van will be available in two body sizes and three trim levels and will offer 4Motion four-wheel drive. The Caddy Cargo name will be used to distinguish the new panel van from passenger carrying variants which will now wear the plain Caddy name instead of Caddy Life, with Life becoming a trim level for these models. Whether you are looking for a two-seater van or one for the whole family, you will not be disappointed, the new van is loaded with technology and already meets the 2021 Euro 6 emissions standards.
For the first time, the new VW Caddy Cargo sees the highly versatile VW MQB car platform used as the basis for a van. MQB is used as the basis for everything in the VW Group line-up from the VW Golf hatchback to the Skoda Kodiaq SUV, or even the Auto TT sportscar, bringing with it a host of modern technology and modernity to the VW Caddy van for the first time.
A new McPherson strut front suspension features, this allows a higher steering ratio, which means you turn the wheel with less effort to achieve a greater steering angle making it better for manoeuvring. The rear suspension features coil springs instead of old-fashioned leaf springs amongst other changes to also make that completely new.
The rear suspension setup is also more compact than before, allowing the Caddy to take wider loads in the rear of the van, with a Europallet now able to fit sideways. Alongside a new rear axle design this should help the new van remain comfortable and agile regardless of how it is loaded.
What engines are available?
The engine options are also new, buyers of the Volkswagen Caddy Cargo van in the UK get a choice of three 2.0-litre TDI diesel options and a 1.5-litre TSI petrol option. The turbodiesel engines are available with 75ps, 102ps or 122ps outputs and have significantly reduced emissions over the outgoing Caddy courtesy of a ‘twin dosing’ AdBlue system which delivers a double shot of exhaust cleaning juice reducing emissions ‘significantly’ in comparison with the outgoing model.
The turbo petrol engine delivers 114ps and features Active Cylinder Technology (ACT), meaning it can shut down two cylinders when demand is low to save fuel.
All models come with a six-speed manual transmission as standard, with a seven-speed DSG automatic optional on the 122ps diesel and 114ps petrol. The 122ps diesel will be available to order with 4Motion four-wheel drive, the standard Caddy 5 range is front-wheel drive, just like the model it is replacing.
What versions are available?
As before there are two versions available, these are the standard-length VW Caddy and long-wheelbase (LWB) VW Caddy Maxi, as mentioned previously these will now get the VW Caddy Cargo badge, whilst passenger carrying models will be known as the Caddy.
The standard-length VW Caddy Cargo is 93mm longer than its predecessor, measuring 4500mm, with a 2,755mm wheelbase (73mm longer than before). The LWB VW Caddy Cargo maxi is 25mm shorter than before at 4,853mm with a 2,970mm wheelbase (36mm shorter). Both are 1,855mm wide excluding the door mirrors (a 62mm increase) and 1,812mm high (11-24mm lower).
The Volkswagen Caddy Cargo van will be available in three trim levels, however Volkswagen vans have not announced what these will be called as of yet. As standard the Caddy Cargo will get features such as: electric windows, electronic handbrake, multi-function steering wheel, height-adjustable driver’s seat and a 6.5-inch infotainment system.
Mid-level models will receive air conditioning, body coloured bumpers, rear parking sensors and power adjustable lumbar support for the driver, as well as leather trim for the steering wheel.
Top spec models will receive: Discover media satellite navigation, automatic lights and wipers, auto dimming rear-view mirror and alloy wheels.
How much can it carry?
Both size Caddy Cargo vans benefit from the new rear suspension and extra width on offer, with load area length also increasing on the standard-size Caddy, whilst load area height has also increased on both models, despite a lower roof.
The VW Caddy Maxi sees a drop in its maximum load length from 2,249mm to 2,150mm, however there is still enough space to accommodate two Euro pallets. The VW Caddy Cargo gets a load volume of 3.1 cubic metres, this increases to 3.7 cubic metres for the maxi model.
In terms of payload, the only figure we have so far is that the VW Caddy Cargo can carry up to 780kg.
Details of the Caddy Maxi are yet to be confirmed, hopefully it can surpass this or it will leave the new Caddy van significantly behind the highest payloads in the small vans market, which are around the 1.0-tonne mark.
The cabin is completely new and offers a much more car-like feel inside, there is also an abundance of new technology featured. The standard-fit touchscreen infotainment system in the centre has screen sizes from 6.5 to 10.0 inches while a digital instrument cluster will be an option on selected versions. There are no fewer than 19 driver assistance systems available, with six that are brand new to the Caddy van.
These include Travel Assist which offers ‘assisted driving’ at all speeds, meaning it will keep you in lane and actively monitor the distance to the vehicle in front even when using cruise control.
The multifunction steering wheel gets built-in capacitive sensors to stop the system asking you to put your hands back on the wheel when you are already holding it. A useful feature is the option of Trailer Assist on the VW Caddy for the first time, which makes it much easier to reverse with a trailer.
There is also a built-in eSIM on every new Caddy van, meaning it can automatically call the emergency services if you are in an accident, this also enables numerous connectivity features, allowing you access information regarding your van from your smartphone.
The van also receives an electronic handbrake with auto-hold function in the cabin for the first time, as well as new touch-sensitive switches for the lights.
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