This is where the Caddy trips up. Van-based MPVs are great if they're cheap, but starting at £16k this one certainly isn't. Plenty of proper seven-seat MPVs can be had for less. VW's own Touran, for instance, will be a lot easier to live with and be worth more when you come to sell.
Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Life quality & reliability
Don't expect any swanky materials – the Maxi Life is based on a van so everything’s about function. That said, everything feels well bolted together and the dashboard is lifted straight from a Touran. The third row of seats will scar the plastic trim if they're in-and-out a lot.
Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Life safety & security
Disappointing. The Caddy misses out on curtain airbags and makes do with just fronts and sides. Buyers will have to fork out £285 for stability control, too. Four out of five stars in NCAP's crash testing programme isn't bad, but VW's proper MPV, the Touran, gets a full five. An alarm with interior tow-away protection is fitted as standard.