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Vehicle Style: mover

Price: $45,490 on-roads)

Fuel Economy 6.8 l/100kml/100km

Fuel Economy 7.2l/100km

It’s easy to easy to get in and out of, and it boasts a torquey engine. And while it won’t win any pageants for its ungainly silhouette, as a corporate bus the Caddy Maxi makes sense.

Add in the security and of an otherwise transparent all-wheel-drive — at a hefty price it has to be said — and the Caddy also makes sense as an choice for a growing family.

The dash and front-cabin plastics are with the Caddy Van commercial, so expect much in the way of soft

Build quality is quite though, and the plastic panels in the half of the cabin line up The cloth seat trim durable too, which is an quality for a people mover.

Comfort: The driving position is upright, but an abundance of headroom as as a tilt/reach adjustable steering make it comfortable for the driver.

front seats adjust for height.

The back seats are and can seat four adults in comfort (five at a pinch), but to the third row can at times be difficult, to the shorter section of the 60/40 middle-row being on the driver’s of the car.

Folding the wider of the middle seat takes more effort, although it at least make getting in the a lot easier.

There are plenty of and storage pockets throughout, as as air-outlets for the middle row.

is even more generous in the of the Caddy, which is fantastic if passengers insist on wearing top

Equipment: Reverse parking dusk-sensing headlamps, rain-sensing dual-zone climate control, control, trip computer and alloys are standard on the Caddy Life.

Storage: Being on a high-roofed commercial van endows the Maxi Life with a luggage capacity, even the third row seats in place.

There’s 530 litres of cargo behind the third-row seats, removing them frees up a 1350 litres — for four large suitcases.

the second-row bench and the Caddy into a capacious van, 3880 litres of room.

are a number of storage nooks around the cabin, offering of space for magazines, food bottles and cups — in the third row.

An overhead compartment above the driver and passenger, and netted overhead in the rear, also provide for maps and ‘stuff’.

Driveability: The Caddy Maxi Life is powered by a 103kW/320Nm 2.0 litre and comes standard with a dual-clutch DSG automatic gearbox.

torque is available from as low as but a combination of throttle lag and snatchy engagement from the DSG means it exactly jump off the line.

there’s plenty of low-end enough to maintain speed up without downshifting, or to get around cars when overtaking, with a bit of a load up.

The DSG gearbox however is far from The hill-hold assist feature (a for hill-starts), can sometimes be a hindrance low-speed parking manoeuvres. snatchy when moving from a standstill, which can be irritating when stuck in traffic.

Refinement: It’s not as inside as you’d expect for a big van, although there is cabin resonance on coarser surfaces and over more-pronounced

Wind noise is evident particularly around the large mirrors — but, as far as people movers go, the Caddy Life is one of the more refined around.

Suspension: The Caddy’s layout is not terribly sophisticated, MacPherson struts up front and a live axle at the rear.

this, ride comfort is than acceptable and it gets when more weight is over the rear axle.

the Caddy can feel a bit light in the at speed, but feels reasonably planted at other times.

Braking: The pedal has a bit of grabbiness in its engagement, but the all-disc brakes strong, and stability under braking is good.

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Safety features: and passenger front airbags, side airbags, three-point on all seats, pretensioning front ESP, ABS and traction control.


Warranty: Three-years/unlimited

Service costs: Regular costs range between and $530, with maintenance set for every 15,000km/12 months.

A service is due at 60,000km/48 months, and roughly $730

Kia Grand Si diesel ($44,990) — In form, the Kia Grand Carnival the competition for power and torque. No than 143kW and 429Nm is out by its 2.2 litre turbodiesel engine, and it lug heavy loads with ease.

While the interior as nicely furnished as the Caddy, plenty of room for seven plus their luggage. Grand Carnival reviews )

Hyundai iMax CRDi — Like the Caddy, the is based on a commercial van.

the Caddy, the iMax can seat people in reasonable comfort. Its 2.5 turbodiesel has more grunt with 125kW and 392Nm.

As a bus, the iMax wins the smaller, less muscular (see iMax reviews )

Multivan Comfortline TDI340 — The Caddy’s own stablemate also be considered a worthy with the entry-level Multivan more torque and a more passenger compartment.

It can be rather to drive in tight quarters and AWD in base trim, but the increase in comfort makes it worth the expense over the Caddy. Multivan reviews )

Note: all are Manufacturer’s List Price and do not dealer delivery or on-road


Some may it too utilitarian as a family vehicle, but the Maxi Life 4Motion is configured for anyone needing to small passenger loads and is more than a half-decent

The versatility offered by its AWD drivetrain (a rarity in the people mover makes it a good pick for ski operators and for other businesses in out-of-the way places.

For most though, we’d recommend for the cheaper front-wheel-drive variant: it just as well, but retails for less.

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