The ex-VAT pricing for this Caddy starts at £17,800 for the base 1.5-litre TSI petrol model, but most variants sold will be 2.0-litre TDI versions, purchasesd in the £20,000-£25,000 bracket. The van variant is known as the 'Caddy Cargo', while the passenger-carrying MPV model simply as the 'Caddy'. The Caddy Cargo is our focus here and there are three trim levels available across the range and two wheelbase options, standard or 'Maxi'.
All models get a touchscreen infotainment system, between 6.5 and 10 inches, with range-topping models offering a larger 10-inch Discover Media satellite navigation system. For the first time, Caddy is equipped with an 'always connected', integrated eSIM, which allows infotainment systems to be prepared to access mobile online services and functions of 'We Connect'. The interior also gets new switchgear including electronic handbrake with auto hold function, lighting and audio controls. Electric windows, height adjustable-driving seat and a new multi-function steering wheel are also standard across the range.
Important options include a digital instrument panel and extra infotainment screen choices. Plus you can also add a roof vent for better climate control and faster stationary ventilation in the back. A key update this time round is the addition of a lot more camera-driven safety tech. There can be a total of 19 such systems fitted to this MK5 model, six of them completely new to this LCV. The fresh options include Adaptive Cruise Control, the 'Trailer Assist trailer manoeuvring system, 'Side Assist' (basically a Blind Spot system), 'Rear Traffic Alert' (which warns you of oncoming vehicles when you're reversing) and 'Emergency Assist' (assisted stopping in an emergency). There's also VW's latest 'Travel Assist' set-up which allows for a degree of level 2 autonomous driving.