VOLKSWAGEN is not the first manufacturer to bolt some seats into a professional van and shout, “Ta-da! New people mover!”
Way back again in the early eighties Australians had been subjected to the vinyl-seated Mitsubishi L300 Categorical prior to Toyota designed the Tarago captivating alternatively than appalling.
Aiming for the captivating conclude of the spectrum, the fifth-era Caddy now comes in two unique lines. The stripped-out Cargo and a pair of people mover variants identified as Caddy and Caddy Lifestyle.
To even more strengthen the Caddy’s saleability, VW went to the pieces bin and out popped the MQB platform on which to base it. This could be the masterstroke.
For the moment, pricing for the Caddy and Caddy Lifestyle is rather uncomplicated and there is just the a single diesel motor.
The Caddy TDI320 starts off at $45,490 in addition on-roadways with 17-inch metal wheels, an eight.25 touchscreen, local weather management, halogen headlights and a safety package that incorporates full length curtain airbags, city AEB, rear cross-site visitors alert and centre airbags for the front occupants.
This is the kind of point you get when you appropriately base a professional auto on a passenger automobile platform.
The Caddy Lifestyle TDI320, starting at $49,990, swaps the steelies for alloys, provides twin-zone local weather management, heat insulating glass, electronic dashboard and some chrome bits on the exterior.
On January 1st 2022, this pricing goes out the window mainly because Volkswagen will include a new entry-level petrol model to be a part of the recent diesel-only line-up.
It’s not going to get less expensive, though, with the 84kW petrol starting at $forty six,one hundred forty prior to on-roadways and the 320TDI topping out at $52,640 + ORC, a $2700 value increase.
The enterprise is giving a clutch of single options and alternative packs. Noteworthy is the $1660 Navigation pack that provides much more speakers, sat-nav and a greater ten.-inch touchscreen. The options listing is lengthy and detailed and incorporates a large amount of family members and company-pleasant bits and items that number of other makers could match.
But is the Caddy Lifestyle really worth looking at against comparable-priced but greater, purpose-designed people movers from Honda and Kia? Or do a European badge and rather city-pleasant proportions make the VW a winner?