VW has lifted the veils off the fourth-generation VW Caddy light commercial vehicle, which will go on sale in March and will arrive in German dealerships in June.
The new generation of the urban delivery van isn’t very different from the previous model from a styling point of view, as the shape of the bodywork stays largely the same. One could compare this generation change with that of the Mk5 with the Mk6 Golf – many said at the time that the Mk6 was more a heavy facelift than an all-new model. However, the Caddy features new details including the headlights, taillights, grille and bumpers, all adopting VW’s latest design language.
Changes are more significant inside, where we can see a redesigned dashboard with reshaped center console and air vents, new instruments and a new generation of infotainment systems, as well as new door panels.
Obviously, what Caddy customers care more about is the mechanical part, and the new generation model continues with the same four TDI diesel engines, which have received slight power increases and are now Euro 6 compliant. All engines have a 2.0-liter capacity, with outputs ranging from 75PS to 150PS.
The economy champion is the Caddy panel van Blue Motion, specially developed for inner-city deliveries, which averages less than 4 l/100 km (58.8 mpg US). There are also three petrol engines on offer, ranging from the 1.2-liter four-cylinder TSI with 84PS and the 1.0-liter three-cylinder TSI with 102PS, up to the larger 1.4-liter TSI four-cylinder with 125PS.
VW also offers a 1.4-liter TGI version which succeeds the Caddy EcoFuel as a compressed natural gas model. The 1.4 TGI consumes 4.1 kg of natural gas per 100 kilometers – 28 percent less than its predecessor.
The new Caddy gets new safety and comfort features including the multi-collision brake system (standard) and the Front Assist surroundings monitoring system with City Emergency Braking. Other available options are the Light Assist, Driver Alert and Adaptive Cruise Control systems. Passenger car versions additionally come fitted with side and curtain airbags.
Prices in Germany start at €14,780 for the panel van and €15,330 for the Conceptline model (which replaces the Startline), each powered by the base 84PS 1.2-liter TSI engine. Prices don’t include VAT.