Volkswagen has announced pricing for the latest version of the firm’s Caddy panel van range, which goes on sale in the UK later in June (first deliveries expected in September).
The new range has three trim levels, Startline, Trendline and Highline, with short or Maxi (long) wheelbases. The Maxi version adds 469mm to the short wheelbase and has a load capacity of 4.2 cubic metres, versus 3.2 cubic metres for SWB.
Here’s an overview of the price and specification for each trim level.
Prices for the range start at £13,500 +VAT for the base C20 Startline short wheelbase model with 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine.
Standard equipment on Startline includes electric windows and heated and electrically adjustable wing mirrors, a five-inch touchscreen Composition Colour radio system with DAB+ and Bluetooth capability, a lockable glovebox, plus safety features such as driver and front passenger front, side and curtain airbags, a new post-collision braking system and a seatbelt reminder.
Trendline prices start from £15,670 +VAT.
In addition to the Startline spec, standard equipment for Trendline models includes full wheel covers, body coloured bumpers, handles and wing mirrors, rear parking sensors, cruise control, multi-function display, driver’s lumbar support, under-seat storage and sun visors with vanity mirrors.
The range-topping Highline model starts from £16,650.
Additional standard equipment includes alloy wheels, front fog lights and daytime running lights, Climatic air conditioning, heated front windscreen, automatic dimming rear-view mirror, Thatcham category 1 alarm and windscreen wipers with intermittent control and rain sensor. A seriously well-specified van, in other words.
As I’ve written before, the new Caddy will initially be offered with two engine ranges, Euro 5 and Euro 6.
The Euro 5 engine range is built aounrd a 2.0-litre diesel with a choice of three power outputs, 75PS, 105PS and 150PS.
The Euro 6 engine range will be limited to a 102PS 2.0-litre diesel at launch. Clearly VW does not expect anyone to buy a Euro 6 Caddy until the law forces them to.
All models can be specified with a five or six-speed manual gearbox, while some higher-powered versions are available with VW’s DSG automated gearbox.
All Caddy models can be specified as ‘BMT’, meaning BlueMotion Technology modifications (start/stop system and battery regeneration) are fitted to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. A standalone BlueMotion variant also joins the range: with a 2.0-litre EU6 102 PS engine and five-speed manual gearbox it can return 65.7 mpg and CO2 emissions of 114 g/km.
Customers will also be able to specify Adaptive Cruise Control with Front Assist and City Emergency Braking. This system monitors the space to the vehicle ahead and maintains a specified speed and distance to ensure safe stopping. This technology has been used in Volkswagen Passenger Cars and is proven to reduce third party injury claims by 45 per cent.