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Volkswagen Caddy Motoring Review

WE HAD a sneak peek at one of Volkswagen's latest addition to its line-up, the Caddy Alltrack which is the successor to the Cross Caddy which was launched in South Africa not too long ago. The most notable feature of the new car is the availability of 4Motion all-wheel drive.

Like its predecessor, it is available in both passenger car and panel van formats.The Alltrack has been designed for driving on unpaved roads. Black trim panels on the wheel arches, black side sills and the lower edges of the bumpers give it a robust appearance. They form a contrast to the parts painted in the body colour, such as the bumpers, protective side strips and door handles and emphasise the off-road look of the new Alltack. The black designer underbody protection is set off by additional silver accents.

Other visual highlights of the Caddy's off-road brothers include some typical Alltrack features, like the three chrome fins in a painted radiator grille, the silver exterior mirror housings from the passenger car version,  twin halogen front lights, fog lights, smoked taillight clusters, Alltrack logos on the front grille and at the rear and silver roof rails.

Inside the passenger car version, the Alltrack has its own special seven Summits seat covers plus folding tables on the front seatbacks. The seat covers in the panel van are made of tough Pillion fabric. Both vehicle variants feature a leather package for the steering wheel, handbrake lever, and gear lever boot with Muscat-colour stitching.

The passenger car has a variety of other features, including an adjustable centre armrest and a chrome package, which enhances the look of the rotary light switch, mirror adjustment/electric window switches and handbrake lever button. It also benefits from aluminium-look pedals, Alltrack floor mats with Muscat-colour stitching and carbon square dark cockpit décor.

Based on the latest generation Caddy, the Alltrack comes with many features from its Comfortline equipment variant and can be ordered with any of the engine and gearbox combinations from the Trendline range. This currently covers the four 2.0 litre TDI diesel engines and the three petrol  motors in  1.0, 1.2 and 1.4 litre guise. Depending on the engine, there is a choice between a five-speed and six-speed manual gearbox and the six-speed and seven-speed DSG gearbox.

Will it come to South Africa? We hope so; there are many cyclists who would love a car like this. We will keep you posted.

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