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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.

Volkswagen Caddy Maxi MPV
22 5stars

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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There are 5 Volkswagen Caddy Maxi versions available

MPV 1.6 TDI 102 5dr £19,034
What Car? says:1 stars out of 5
MPV 1.6 TDI 102 Bluemotion Tech 5dr £19,499
What Car? says:1 stars out of 5
MPV 2.0 TDI 140 5dr £21,349
What Car? says:1 stars out of 5
MPV 2.0 109 Ecofuel CNG 5dr £21,732
What Car? says:1 stars out of 5
MPV 2.0 TDI 110 4MOTION 5dr £22,779
What Car? says:1 stars out of 5

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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.

Reader test team says:

Volkswagen Caddy Maxi MPV 1.6 TDI 102 5dr

It is wrong, in my opinion to try, and compare this car with the Peugeot 5008, Ford S-Max or Volkswagen Touran all of which What Car recommend should…

Andy Parsons

4 out of 5 stars

Volkswagen Caddy Maxi MPV 1.6 TDI 102 5dr

This car replaced a bigger 8-seat MPV (Mazda Bongo)and after a year we are still very pleased with it. It works brilliantly as a "Granny Wagon" with…

Martin Johnson

4 out of 5 stars

Volkswagen Caddy Maxi MPV 1.6 TDI 102 Bluemotion Tech 5dr

My personal opinion is that the ratings given to this car are very unfair. It is not really an MPV . I would describe it as Versatile carrier , there…

john HEIL

4 out of 5 stars
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