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VW beefs up Caddy


WE’VE seen that the Cross version of Volkswagen’s vehicle ranges appear to be a hit with the public. In light of this, the brand has taken its popular workhorse, the Caddy, and given it an urban makeover to produce the Cross Caddy - a lifestyle model aimed at families.

Outside ruggedness

It’s easy to spot the Cross Caddy; it features black wheel house fairings, side sills and the lower part of the front and rear bumper create a more off-road bias look. There are also add-on parts painted in the body colour that rise up into the doors, with silver under-body protection both front and rear, side guard strips on the sills and silver roof rails offset the black accents. Two special colours have been made available in the Cross Caddy namely, honey orange and viper green, which really differentiates the Cross Caddy.

Privacy-glass on the rear windows, rear windscreen and smoked rear lights as well as 17-inch Canyon wheels with 205/50 R 17 tyres, make the Cross Caddy stand out from the rest of the range. Overall, I think the exterior design is well executed with enough visual cues to distinguish it from others models, yet enough of that famous VW understated design for it to appeal to a broad audience.

Crossing inside

I really enjoyed the interior of the Cross Caddy. The two-tone seats and interior trim with light green accents is refreshing, while the seats are comfortable and feature an all-new material that looks as if it will wear well. There’s a leather-trimmed steering wheel, gloss black and silver air vents, leather accents with grey seams on the gear shift and handbrake lever. There’s more than enough space inside for a family, while there’s even a seven-seat version (+R5 200) available, which adds another dimension of practicality to the package.

Under the hood

The tried-and-tested 2.0 TDI 81kW/250Nm engine mated with a five-speed manual transmission doesn’t disappoint in this package with enough grunt to overtake on the freeway, while I suspect the car may feel underpowered with the whole family on board. I managed to achieve less than the 5.7 litres/100km claimed fuel consumption during the launch.

What do I get?

The Caddy is very practical. It embraces 24 storage compartments throughout the vehicle, which makes it ideal for family trips or the school run. You get things such as a multifunction leather steering wheel, height-adjustable driver’s seat, cargo nets in the roof frame, the RCD 310 Radio-CD system, front heated seats, cruise control, hill hold assist, Bluetooth as well as light and rain sensors.

Safety matters

There’s ESC, front, side and head airbags, Isofix child seat fittings at the outer second row of seats, daytime running lights and a removable second-seat row.

Peace of mind

Cross Caddy comes standard with three-year/120 000km warranty, while service and maintenance plans are optiona,l which I feel at this price point, should be standard.


Cross Caddy 2.0 TDI 81 kW: R340 600

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