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Very and practical Economical but punchy engine Not bad looking for a van Basic easily meets family


Rear seats to access Tall tailgate opening Removing rear is a clumsy operation Lack of box door hints at van roots

Caddy Maxi is an extended version of the German manufacturer’s Caddy van. The Life is a seven-seater MPV that also as a van. Better equipped most commercial vehicles, aimed at the private family as well as business drivers.

vehicles turned MPVs can a distinctly makeshift feel them, which can turn-off the buyer who prefers to spend his or her on a car designed to do the job from scratch. in the Caddy, Volkswagen had a vehicle was ideally suited to an MPV conversion to its car-like driving characteristics and build quality. Seizing the the German manufacturer has seen fit to add an row of seats to the Caddy Maxi van to create the Caddy Maxi a seven-seat MPV that attempts to van space with MPV versatility and a driving experience.

The Caddy Maxi life is to a choice of two engines, but both are diesel options. The high 2.0-litre diesel comes a six-speed manual gear box and performance on a level that with the purpose built MPV from rival manufacturers with an impressive level of Alternatively, a less powerful but competent 1.9-litre diesel is with a choice of either manual or the dual clutch DSG box, a highly attractive for such a model.

Inside, have been made to the luxury levels of the workmanlike interior. Electric front air-con and full carpet are the many tricks Volkswagen has to make the van conversion more for everyday family use. safety features also go a way towards appeasing potential and practical sliding side are an attractive feature, but the most element is the removable third row of size seats.

The exterior has been made less with colour coded and bumpers plus the option of wheels. From the outside, the is the only real clue as to the Maxi Life’s working origins.

Our verdict on the Volkswagen Caddy Life 2.0 TDI

It’s impossible for the Maxi Life to completely off its van attributes, but Volkswagen has done a job of turning what is essentially a vehicle into a family The driving experience is enough that of a car to make the Caddy than acceptable to drive and specification and safety levels it can pass muster as a family It’s highly practical,


The Caddy Maxi is not a cheap vehicle, comparable in to some seven-seat MPVs, but it offer a decent level of as standard and should be as reliable as the of the Volkswagen range. Insurance should not be steep, while the diesel engine also reduce running costs.

and practicality

The Caddy’s forte is its and adjustable interior. Passenger can be folded and the rears removed although it requires some lifting. With the middle row forward the vehicle becomes a although the high roof there’s plenty of space with the seats merely flat. Its seven seats boot status makes it an people carrier and the strong engines are ideal for pulling There’s lots of storage, with a large tray the driver and front passenger’s

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Car safety

All seven seats a three-point seatbelt with the two seats in the central row benefitting Isofix points. ABS and traction are standard along with brake force distribution and braking control. The model can be specified with an advanced ESP that features a trailer function. Front airbags are included.

Driver appeal

and secure on the road, the Caddy Life offers a very driving experience. Handling like a large car despite its body the model feels as and nimble as you might expect a vehicle of its type. The steering a good balance between light and heavy enough to some communication with the and the chassis only suffers minimal flex. The 2.0-litre engine is well suited to the giving it a surprising turn of and torque to make good while fully laden. A gearbox relaxes matters on the but rest assured there’ll be no to adjust driving styles if from a car in to the Caddy.

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Quality and image

The Caddy Life is unlikely to inspire looks from other users but owners can take in the usual extremely high standards of build quality. its commercial roots the model squeak or rattle even rough surfaces and doors with a hearty thud. materials are clearly of a hard-wearing, effective nature but don’t cheap and the finish is up to car standards. are elements which hint at the van of the model, the lack of a glove box lid and rear windows for example, but these fail to detract an impressive standard of quality.


It’s a mixed bag for with the Caddy Maxi The front doors offer access to the comfortably positioned seats while sliding doors on both sides are practical and make entering and hassle free. However, to the rear bench the middle row be lifted out of the way — even they are less than to get to — and the long rear gate cannot be opened a considerable gap is left between the or wall behind and the Caddy’s end.

Stereo and ICE (In car entertainment)

The Life can be ordered with a DVD sat-nav entertainment system, but fit is a single slot CD player tuner and six speakers. The system a good job of filling the large with sound and rear will not have to strain to thanks to decent quality but the Caddy’s large body lend itself to top notch so don’t expect concert quality sound. The system is easy to operate with located knobs and buttons.

seats can be removed to offer a load space

Colours and trim

Volkswagen has its best to make the Maxi version of the popular Caddy can as non-utility as possible. That a wide range of vibrant in solid and metallic paint. things are less exciting, grey cloth the order of the although a two-tone can be specified on exterior colour choice. wheels are an optional extra, but specified they do a good job of the Caddy less van like to with rival stylish

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