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VW fans look away this peoplemover is not the company’s hour

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Road Test


Price as tested: (includes metallic paint auto headlights and wipers $390, multi-function leather wheel $890)

CO2 emissions 182

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Overall rating: 2.0/5.0


Price, Packaging and Practicality:

Safety: 2.5/5.0

Behind the 2.0/5.0

X-factor: 2.0/5.0

the nicest thing that can be about the Caddy Maxi is that it is not the type of car you expect Volkswagen. What was once as ‘The Beetle Company’ has a reputation for designing and building cars like the Golf, and Tiguan. They are solid, dynamic cars that elevated the brand into one of the selling marques in Australia.

the Caddy Maxi Life none of those qualities. it’s because it was never as a car.

Disappointments include a lack of quality. Hard, plastics dominate the cabin in a departure of the VW norm. It is a clear to the car’s commercial roots, but the competition the Caddy Maxi competes against in the peoplemover it’s simply below

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And the issues don’t stop There were several and noises from the dash is also unusual in a modern VW. The at the bottom of the centre console was faulty in our test vehicle or badly designed because it fell out when we tried to it.

On the road we found the Maxi at times a handful. A trip to sent us onto the freeway and made it a very unpleasant The large sides of Maxi were susceptible to the wind and the car around the lane during the run. It required extra throughout the trip to make the Caddy remained in the lane unlike any rival peoplemover we driven.

There were positives during our time. The 1.9-litre TDI and six-speed DSG dueal-clutch automated gearbox lived up to VW’s high standard. Power and were more than to pull the Caddy along

Another highlight was the steering was well weighted and provided feedback. Even in the crosswinds!

Perhaps the biggest positive is the provided by the large roofline. it doesn’t give the Caddy the sleeker ‘wagon-like’ appearance of of its rivals, it does create a of spaciousness. With a full of seven-passengers on board, peoplemover with lower rooflines can confined.

Combined with the Maxi Life’s pricetag, the positives were not enough to our disappointment. Starting at $37,990 the car directly up against better better built and sleeker peoplemovers. Our test car was fitted three options that it over the $40,000 mark. For price you don’t expect of the cabin to fall off!

more expensive, a drive in the new Odyssey following the Caddy Life provided a reminder of how good a peoplemover can be. The same be said of vehicles like the C4 Picasso (from $39,990), Journey (from $36,990) and Kia’s 20-soemthing Rondo, are in the same pricing arena as the VW. because you need to carry than five people mean you have to sacrifice dynamics or accept commercial van

Maybe if VW had priced the Caddy Life significantly below its it could have worked as a proposition. In this case, it seems the company has missed its

Published. Saturday, 2 May 2009

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