What you need to know about the new Volkswagen Caddy
Volkswagen recently introduced their latest Caddy into the South African market and it looks to be packed with value as well as features. Now these vehicles are not as popular on local soil as they are in other markets. That being said, with consumers looking for more bang for their buck, the Caddy seems to be a noteworthy option. Here are five things that you need to know.
1. Strong foundations
The exterior has a new and striking sporty design. The new Caddy is built on the Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) platform, the same as the Golf 8. The vehicle body has been redesigned to be more charismatic than ever before. Thanks to the MQB platform, new high-end technologies now find their way into the Caddy range.
2. Exterior design
Exterior features include new LED headlights and LED rear lights, painted body-coloured bumpers and black roof rails. Optional exterior features include a panoramic sunroof with a large glass area of 1.4m², a removable tow bar that can tow a maximum weight of 1 500kg as well as 16-inch Wien alloy wheels.
3. Interior highlights
interactive interfaces for the driver and front-seat passenger are formed by the new radio and infotainment systems of which the Composition Comfort radio is smartphone compatible (App-Connect). The modern instrument cluster now has the traditional rotary switch for lights. In addition, LED interior lights enhance the interior of the car. Another new feature is a roof vent for better climate control and faster stationary ventilation in the back.
4. Safety elements
The new Caddy range showcases some of Volkswagen’s most advanced driver assistance systems. With Cruise Control, the new Caddy offers a relaxing drive for longer journeys. Park Assist paired with the Rear-View Camera takes the hassle out of parking in tight spaces, while Trailer Manoeuvring will give drivers the confidence to guide a trailer easily.
5. Under the hood
Two engine options are available for the new Caddy. A four-cylinder 1.6-litre petrol engine develops 81kW and 152Nm of torque. It is coupled with a 6-speed manual transmission. Fuel consumption is rated at 7.3 litres/ 100km. The four-cylinder 2.0TDI diesel engine also develops 81kW but offers 300Nm and is coupled with a 6-speed manual transmission. Fuel consumption is 5.5 litres/ 100km.