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The Volkswagen Caddy Cargo has always had a loose connection with the VW Golf. That's logical because the two vehicles are about the same size and have been known to share the same engines.
Both are also very popular among their respective buyers, having gained cult followings over the decades they've been on sale. So, while the Volkswagen Transporter van remains the brand’s commercial icon, the Caddy has a Golf-like enduring popularity that sets it apart from many rivals – not least because that same popularity helps boost the desirability of used models, bolstering residual value predictions and used market prices of these small city vans.
You get the choice of short-wheelbase (SWB) or Maxi long-wheelbase (LWB) configurations, and there’s even the option of a four-wheel-drive Caddy Cargo 4Motion model, just in case your job takes you off the beaten track. Buyers also get to select from three trim levels and a whole host of additional safety features carried over from (you guessed it) the Golf.
It has some pretty impressive credentials, then. But how does it stack up against rivals such as the Citroen Berlingo van, Ford Transit Connect, Peugeot Partner and Vauxhall Combo Cargo? Over the next few pages of this VW Caddy review, we’ll tell you all you need to know, including how it stacks up against other small vans, what it’s like on the road, how practical it is, how classy it is inside and whether it's a sound investment.
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