Chris Miller road tests and reviews the 2013 Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Crewvan.
Volkswagen’s Caddy Maxi Crewvan is a lot like Dr Who’s Tardis, only with a better build quality.
With vast amounts of cargo area, ridiculous amounts of head, shoulder & leg room, the Caddy will carry you & just about anything else you can think of with ease.
And with a gutsy yet economical diesel, you’ll get whatever you’re carrying to its destination quickly and cheaply.
Inside, cabin plastics are robust without being harsh, and while grey is the dominating colour, it’s not as drab as you’d expect.
The dash in the 2013 Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Crewvan is typical Volkswagen, clear and easy to read, with cruise control as standard; although with the TDI250 model we tested Bluetooth was sorely missed, but can be optioned.
The fabric covered front seats are supportive and comfortable, and can be adjusted to accommodate someone in excess of 6 foot, while in the back, the stowable rear seats offer comfort for three.
There’s storage bins everywhere, including above your head where the high roof line slopes down to meet the windscreen. Storage bins under the front seats add extra versatility
With barn style doors at the back and a low loading floor, getting cargo in & out is an absolute breeze. The two sliding doors on each side just add to the Caddy’s usability.
On the road, the Volkswagen Caddy is predictable, and while it’s far from sporty, it’s surprisingly easy to throw around.
It is of course designed to carry big loads, so the suspension offers lots of travel, and in turn a supple ride…when it’s empty.
In the week we spent with the Caddy we couldn’t muster a big enough load to really put its carrying capabilities to the test, but with the brilliant way it does everything else, I’d be shocked to find that it wasn’t up to the task
The four cylinder diesel is punchy, with very little lag that had me averaging around 6.5 litres per 100km.
The 5-speed box is ridiculously light and easy to use. It’s so light though, you need to be careful not to rest your hand on the gear lever as I did, which on at least three occasions resulted in me nearly slipping into the reverse slot while looking for first.
Build quality is first class, noise levels are great inside, and whilst it’s a long vehicle, it’s easy to manoeuvre into the tightest spaces
If you’re looking for a reliable, well-built workhorse that will retain its value and is a pleasure to drive, the Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Crew Van needs to be on your list.
NUTS and BOLTS
Engine: 1.6 litre diesel developing 75kW and 250Nm
Transmission: 5-speed manual or 7-Speed DSG
Warranty: 3 years
Safety: Four stars
Price: From $29,490