For TheVW Caddy Maxi MPV is big, solidly made and surprisingly good to drive. It has enough space to seat seven fairly easily.
Against Proper MPVs offer more far flexible seating, and the Caddy doesn't make up for it with a budget pricetag – it’s actually really expensive. The safety kit is disappointing, too.
This is a van-based MPV that can't totally hide its roots. The VW Caddy Maxi is not that practical or versatile and, considering what it is, it's too expensive.
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Volkswagen’s Caddy Maxi van-based seven-seat MPV is brazen about its origins; it looks like a van with windows. Sure enough, the Caddy is big inside, and it will seat seven, but its seating system is more fiddly than regular MPVs’; you won’t enjoy taking out the third row of seats to increase boot space, for example, because it weighs five stone.
Three diesel engines are available, 2.0-litre units with either 109bhp or 138bhp and a 1.6-litre motor with 101bhp. There's also a 2.0 petrol.
As you might expect in an MPV with commercial-vehicle origins, both units are pretty noisy; there’s road noise, too, but the Caddy Maxi Life is capable of relatively swift and refined progress.
It’s more difficult to excuse the Caddy’s high price and relatively short list of safety kit, though; we’d look long and hard at VW’s bespoke MPV, the Touran, before talking Caddy prices with our local dealer.
This is the best model in the range, but we'd advise you to try a Peugeot 5008, Ford S-Max or Volkswagen Touran before buying.