Petrol models join Caddy & Caravelle range

Volkswagen is now selling the latest versions of its Caddy Life and Caddy panel van LCVs with a petrol engine


Volkswagen is now selling the latest versions of its Caddy Life and Caddy panel van LCVs with a petrol engine.

The two fourth-generation Caddy models are available with two versions of the 1.2-litre petrol unit, of 83 or 101bhp and both matched to a five-speed manual gearbox, or a 1.4-litre version of 123bhp with either the six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic gearbox.

Meanwhile the Caravelle SE short-wheelbase MPV model can also now be supplied with two petrol power options, a 2.0 148bhp six-speed manual or a 2.0 201bhp seven-speed DSG.

Prices start from £13,610 (excluding VAT) for the 1.2 TSI 83bhp five-speed Caddy panel van Startline, from £15,110 for the Caddy Life with the same engine/gearbox combination, and from £28,950 for the 2.0-litre petrol 147bhp six-speed manual Caravelle SE short wheelbase.

The new petrol variants come with the same range of equipment as their diesel siblings, including a colour infotainment system with DAB radio, Bluetooth, and Post-Collision Braking system, and an options list ranging across such features as High Beam Assist, City Emergency Braking and Adaptive Cruise Control.

The Caddy is the second best-selling model in the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles line-up after the Transporter and is offered in three trim levels – Startline, Trendline and Highline – and with short or Maxi wheelbases.  The Maxi version adds 469mm to the 1,781mm of the short-wheelbase model and increases load capacity by a cubic metre to 4.2 cubic metres.

The Caddy Life versions, available in both wheelbases, seat up to seven. The two rear rows of seats can be folded, double folded or removed to create a load space of up to 3,030 litres. The Caddy Maxi Life, with its extra 420mm length, offers an additional 340 litres, bringing the total loading area up to 3,370 litres.

The sixth-generation Caravelle SE SWB takes up to six passengers and is fitted with twin sliding side doors as standard. The rear seats are also rail mounted for adjustability.

Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Van Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars and vans for more than 20 years, and attends many new model launches each year.

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