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Van and Commercial Vehicle Awards 2022: Best Small Van

The Volkswagen Caddy is a great all-rounder that comes with competitive running costs, as well as standing out from rivals because of its great build quality and impressive driving dynamics...

WINNER: Best Small Van

Volkswagen Caddy


Priced from £18,365 Economy 42.2-55.4mpg CO2 emissions 127-159g/km Load space 3.1-3.7m3 Payload 648-700kg Power 74bhp-120bhp Torque 184.3-236lb ft

A new look, new engine and new technology have made the Volkswagen Caddy one of the most desirable small vans on the market. 

With underpinnings taken directly from the Volkswagen Golf family hatchback, this fifth-generation Caddy is Volkswagen’s most up-to-date van, and it shows, with brand new safety features, a cleaner 2.0-litre diesel engine and the option of a 1.5-litre petrol to further widen its appeal among lower-mileage drivers.

While it can’t match rivals including the Ford Transit Connect and the Stellantis-made Citroën Berlingo, Peugeot Partner and Vauxhall Combo Cargo for its payload carrying abilities, the Caddy can hold its own against the competition when it comes to its handling, comfort and build quality. 

VW Caddy Green Side Door

An economical new diesel engine also helps to keep a lid on running costs, as does the Caddy’s exceptional residual values. We also love that it is highly configurable, with Volkswagen giving you the choice between short and long-wheelbase models; manual and automatic gearboxes and even four-wheel drive.

The interior is packed full of nice-to-have features, with a selection of infotainment packages to suit buyers of all types, along with a high level of standard safety equipment. 

The newest Caddy is not only an improvement upon the old model, but a step forward for the small van sector as a whole, balancing practicality with performance and at a price that will please most buyers.

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