2020 Volkswagen Caddy launched

New VW Caddy available as an MPV and van

  • New Volkswagen Caddy even more practical
  • All models get touchscreen infotainment systems
  • On sale in October

The new Volkswagen Caddy has been revealed with bold front-end styling and more generous standard technology. It’ll be available as a panel van and as a van-based MPV, rivalling other vans-with-windows such as the Ford Tourneo Connect, Citroen Berlingo and Vauxhall Combo Life. The new Caddy will go on sale in October, with first deliveries scheduled for early 2021. Prices and specifications have yet to be announced.

It’s still recognisably a Volkswagen Caddy but the new version gets a much more striking front end, which is similar to the Mk8 Volkswagen Golf. The rear end gets large LED clusters, either side of a nearly full-width tailgate. The main bodywork looks similar to before but the Caddy has a longer wheelbase (the distance between the front and rear wheels) and a 25mm lower roofline. Despite this, the load height has increased, and the longer Caddy Maxi van can carry two pallets; these can be loaded through the larger side door.

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The rugged interior is designed to stand up to years of hard use but it also does quite well in terms of technology. A 10-inch touchscreen is fitted on high-spec models, and features a range of cutting-edge connectivity functions thanks to the Caddy’s eSIM. Cheaper models will get either a 6.5-inch or 8.25-inch screen, and all are expected to come with DAB radio, Bluetooth, smartphone connectivity and a screen that gives hints about eco-friendly driving.

Like the Volkswagen Golf hatchback, the interior of the new Caddy eschews buttons for touch-sensitive panels wherever possible. The Caddy has the option of a digital instrument cluster but cheaper models will come with conventional dials. Keyless entry will be offered on top-spec cars, but every Caddy MPV version is expected to come with a panoramic sunroof. The base model will simply be called ‘Caddy’, while higher-spec models will be called ‘Life’ and ‘Style’.

Eventually, the range will also include a rugged-looking Pan Americana trim level with black plastic wheel arches and a sportier-looking Caddy Vision model. Full specs will be released closer to when the car goes on sale.

Volkswagen has piled in the driver assistance technology, which should be reassuring for families. Up to 19 driver aids are available, including travel assist (a combination of adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assistance) and trailer-towing assistance. All models get an electric handbrake for the first time.

You’ll be able to choose from three 2.0-litre diesel engines, with 74, 101 or 120bhp. All these will feature a ‘double-dosing’ AdBlue system, which increases the amount of emissions-reducing AdBlue shot into the exhaust. One petrol engine with 114bhp will also be offered. Performance and economy details haven’t been published yet but the current Volkswagen Caddy Life MPV manages 50mpg and 0-62mph in 12-13 seconds. There won’t be an electric version; VW fans who want a van or large MPV will have to wait for the Volkswagen ID. Buzz due in 2022.

Read our current Volkswagen Caddy Life review for more information.

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