2011 (11) Volkswagen Caddy LifeDiesel Estate 1.6 TDI 5dr DSG

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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Digital clockMulti-information display with trip computer
Service interval indicatorServotronic speed sensitive power steering

Exterior Features

Black roof railsBody colour bumpers
Body colour door handlesBody colour door mirrors
Daytime running lightsElectric front windows
Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrorsHeated rear window
Left and right side sliding doors with sliding windowsTailgate wash/wipe
Variable intermittent front wash/wipe 

Interior Features

2nd row foldable/removable rear seat4 cupholders
6 lashing points in passenger/luggage compartmentAdjustable dashboard illumination
Air con with air recirculation and pollen filterCentre console storage
Floor carpetsFront and rear head restraints
Front centre armrestGlovebox
Height adjustable driver's seatHeight/rake adjust steering column
Interior lightIsofix on 2nd row outer seats
Luggage compartment coverRoof mounted luggage nets
Storage under driver's seatSunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
Two 12V accessory power outlets 

Safety

3x3 point rear seatbeltsABS + traction control
Child locks on rear doorsDriver/Front Passenger airbags
EDLFront passenger airbag deactivation
Front side airbagsMotor Slip Regulation - Engine Drag Torque Control

Security

DeadlocksRemote central locking with internal switch
Thatcham category 1 alarm+immobiliser 

Technical

Diesel particulate filter 

Wheels

Steel spare wheel
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions

CO2 (g/km)149Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 5

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1598Cylinder LayoutIN-LINE
Cylinders4Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel DeliveryCOMMON RAILGears7 SPEED
Number of Valves16TransmissionSEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)49.6EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)54.3EC Urban (mpg)43.5

General

Badge Engine CC1.6Badge Power102
Coin DescriptionTDiInsurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0712E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years12Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage100000Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3
Vehicle Homologation ClassM1 

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)13Engine Power - BHP102
Engine Power - KW75Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM3000Engine Torque - LBS.FT184
Engine Torque - MKG25.5Engine Torque - NM250
Engine Torque - RPM1500Top Speed105

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front195/65 R15
Tyre Size Rear195/65 R15Tyre Size SpareFULL SIZE
Wheel StyleKEMORAWheel Type15" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1134Height (including roof rails)1822
Length4406Wheelbase2681
Width1794Width (including mirrors)2062

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)60Gross Vehicle Weight2280
Max. Loading Weight815Max. Roof Load100
Max. Towing Weight - Braked1500Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked750
Minimum Kerbweight1465No. of Seats5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb11.1
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Volkswagen Caddy Life

Volkswagen's rejuvenated Caddy Life offers an interesting take on the van-based MPV theme. Jonathan Couch reports.

Ten Second Review

Van-based MPVs have, to date, often failed to disguise their utilitarian roots. The Volkswagen Caddy Life offers a rather more upmarket feel and a drive that's a good deal more spirited than most. As a compromise between relative sophistication and solid common sense, this 'Life' model works extremely well.

Background

The problem with van-based MPVs is easy to identify. It's the lingering feeling that no matter how much glazing you have around the outside, when you're behind the wheel, you'll still feel as if you're delivering pizzas. No matter how hard many manufacturers have tried to get away from the light commercial origins, these vehicles can't shake off the faint whiff of deep pan pepperoni. But if you were to lay odds on anyone to crack this thorny issue, it would be Volkswagen. With a range of increasingly sophisticated passenger cars, Volkswagen has decided to sprinkle a little of that urbane charm onto the latest version of its Caddy Life, a van-based MPV that's a cut above the norm. The challenge is to do so while still keeping prices in the ballpark that van-based MPV customers expect. It's a tougher remit than you might expect.

Driving Experience

Think of yourself driving a van and the behavioural changes that might ensue. Any semblance of driving subtlety will probably fly out the window. Clutches are dumped, steering wheels yanked into corners while courtesy to other drivers takes a back seat. I'm not sure why this happens but you're doing well if you can ignore the macho spectre of White Van Man. Where the Volkswagen Caddy Life scores is that it feels surprisingly like a Golf. The fascia will be familiar to Golf drivers and unless you catch a peek in the rear view mirror, the driving characteristics aren't a million miles away, either. No, it's not as supple at speed as a family hatch, but then that's only to be expected with its longer wheelbase and roomier interior. Buyers choose between a couple of Euro6 2.0 TDI diesel engines, developing either 102PS or 150PS. Handing is assured, through slightly less firm than it would be in a Caddy van, to take account of this Life model's passenger-carrying remit.

Design and Build

It's hard to fault the Caddy Life for interior space. Thanks to its high roof, it puts quite a few full-sized MPVs to shame with its impression of airiness and the tale of the tape shows that the roominess isn't imagined. As with the van, you get the choice of standard or lengthened 'Maxi' bodystyles. The larger one offers three rows of seats and space for up to seven. Here, even with all three rows of seats in place, there's a luggage compartment that's 620mm long and can hold 530 litres, putting paid to the perennial MPV gripe that when the vehicle is full of passengers there's nowhere for their bags to go. Fold all the seats and this rises to a whopping 3,370 litres, which sounds bigger than my first studio flat. The seats themselves are finished in hard wearing fabrics and the rearmost two rows can be split, folded or removed. You may need help with the latter as they're not light, but it's hard to argue with the Caddy Life's overall versatility. Twin sliding doors also means that it's easy to pile in and out en masse, plus you don't have the grey-hair inducing spectre of your kids panelling the doors of other vehicles in car parks. It all feels extremely solidly built from the no-nonsense seating mechanism right up to the reassuring soft-blue backlit fascia.

Market and Model

Prices for the short wheelbase model with the entry-level 102PS 2.0 TDI engine start at around £15,600. If you want the 'Maxi' seven-seat version, the asking figure rises to around £18,000. If that's beyond you budget, it's worth knowing that Volkswagen also offers a more basic 'Caddy Maxi Window Van' model for only just over £17,000. Although you can specify a Caddy Life in white with steel wheels and be like 'white van man', we'd suggest you don't. Go instead for a decent metallic finish and a neat set of alloys and this model looks anything but van-like. The range offers a choice of standard or 7-seat 'Maxi' bodystyles and a choice of 102PS or 150PS vesions of the 2.0 TDI diesel engine. Volkswagen has kept prices realistic in order that customers can specify precisely the vehicles they want with features such as rear privacy glass, parking sensors and a leather-trimmed multi-function steering wheel that allows you to control the stereo. This can also accept input from an AUX IN socket in the glovebox so that you can knock up a playlist on your iPod at the same time as avoiding the Dairylea Dunker that's being launched from Row 2.

Cost of Ownership

Running costs are never far from your mind if you've got enough sprogs to make buying one of these van-based MPVs worthwhile. Whilst it's fair to note that the Caddy Life isn't one of the cheapest vehicles of this genre, it remains one of the most efficient to run and with beefy residual values, it's a vehicle that has very reasonable whole life costs. All the latest Euro6 models feature BlueMotion Technology modifications as standard, which include low-rolling-resistance tyres as well as regenerative braking and stop/start systems. As a result, the base 102PS 2.0-litre TDI diesel variant will return a combined fuel figure of 65.7mpg and emit just 114g/km of carbon dioxide, although it's worth noting that these figures are attained with an unladen vehicle.

Summary

As an exercise in managing compromise, the Caddy Life is a triumph. Volkswagen has managed to keep prices competitive for this type of vehicle while at the same time injecting enough sophistication to distance it from its light commercial roots. That it has done this without compromising practicality in any significant manner marks the Caddy Life as one for the shortlist. With its neat styling and rugged utility, the Caddy Life is a proper multi-role vehicle, especially in seven-seat 'Maxi' guise. If you need a vehicle that can discharge some arduous family responsibilities and emerge unscathed, this Volkswagen is well worth a look.

Performance
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Handling
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Comfort
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Styling
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Build
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Value
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Equipment
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Economy
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Depreciation
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Insurance
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