Caddy Life

Volkswagen Caddy Life

No-nonsense, great value people carrier with Volkswagen quality and features.​​


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Caddy Life
From £21,464 OTR incl. VAT

Life

  • Climatic air conditioning with cooled glove compartment
  • Front Assist including city emergency braking system
  • DAB+ Digital Radio Reception
  • Bluetooth & USB port for 'Composition Colour'
  • Side airbag in front, with curtain airbag in front and rear
Caddy Life Bluemotion
From £23,372 OTR incl. VAT

Life Bluemotion

  • Front Assist including city emergency braking system
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Side airbag in front, with curtain airbag in front and rear
  • Lowered suspension
  • Heated windscreen


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Introduction

​The Volkswagen Caddy Life is a bit of an unsung hero. You won’t see one parked outside the Casino in Monte Carlo, and it’s not the kind of car that petrolheads rave about. But it’s an honest, intelligent choice for anyone who has a large family or needs to transport up to seven people. 

Design and Capacity

As standard the Caddy Life offers room for five, with the option of an additional two seats. Headroom is impressive and as you’d expect from a people-carrier derived from a van, there’s a lot more space inside than you’ll find in a SUV of similar external dimensions, with loads of stowage space. It’s a boxy machine, but neatly styled and with the distinctive VW family grille. Entry to the rear seats is easy thanks to the sliding side door, and the tailgate offers access to a cavernous 285 litres of load space with the rear seats folded, one of the advantages of its van parentage. If you regularly need to carry seven, you might find the Caddy Maxi Life is better suited to your needs, thanks to a body that’s 470mm longer with an impressive extra 340 litres of load capacity. For passengers, this means even more space for their legs, luggage and kit.

Performance​

The Caddy Life is offered with a choice of two 2.0 TDI diesel engines, delivering 102PS and 150PS respectively, while if you prefer petrol there’s a 1.4 TSI that delivers 125PS. All engines feature latest-generation technology, and all conform to the stringent Euro 6 emissions legislation. A six-speed DSG auto is standard on the 150PS diesel and optional on the lower output 102PS. Choose the 1.4 TSI and you can opt for a seven-speed DSG, though a six-speed manual is standard. If you’re looking for maximum economy, the standout choice is the Caddy Life Bluemotion, only available with the 2.0 TDI 102PS. 


Technology

The Caddy Life comes as standard with 5” touchscreen, Bluetooth® compatibility and a Composition Colour DAB radio with SD car slot, MP3-compatible CD player and six speakers. Electric front windows, leather multifunction steering wheel, heated windscreen and a tailgate with heated window and wash-wipe are all standard, as is cruise control. Optional upgrades include the 6.33” Composition Media touchscreen which comes with the option of Volkswagen’s App-Connect to hook up your smartphone. Upgrade again and you’ll get the well-reviewed Discover Media satellite navigation system, recently introduced across the Volkswagen car range. Other options include Park Pilot sensors, a reversing camera or the full Park Assist steering assistance for parallel parking and bays.

Safety

Although van-derived the Caddy Life and Caddy Maxi Life feature many of the advanced Volkswagen safety technologies you’ll find in a Golf or Passat. This includes Front Assist with City Emergency Braking, automatic hazard warning light activation under emergency braking and the latest Electronic Stability Programme. Airbags are fitted for front seat occupant (with deactivation for the passenger side if required) and both the front and second row also have side and curtain head protection airbags.

Verdict

Some SUVs offer a third row of seats, but headroom is often restricted by a sloping roofline and they’re not the kind of place anyone adult-sized would want to spend a long journey. In contrast the Caddy Life and its bigger brother the Caddy Maxi Life can transport five or seven people with plenty of headroom, space and stowage, all in a relatively compact footprint. If you value practicality over fashion, and if you have people to carry, this is the people carrier for you.

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