Volkswagen Caddy Cargo van review

Category: Small Van

Section: Driving

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  • Volkswagen Caddy 2021 front seats
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  • Volkswagen Caddy 2021 badge detail
  • Volkswagen Caddy 2021 front cornering
  • Volkswagen Caddy 2021 rear cornering
  • Volkswagen Caddy 2021 dashboard
  • Volkswagen Caddy 2021 boot open
  • Volkswagen Caddy 2021 infotainment
  • Volkswagen Caddy 2021 left tracking
  • Volkswagen Caddy 2021 front seats
  • Volkswagen Caddy 2021 side door
  • Volkswagen Caddy 2021 badge detail

Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

The Volkswagen Caddy Cargo is, in effect, a latest-generation Volkswagen Golf (a highly regarded family car) with the passenger car body replaced with a van one. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that the Caddy handles rather well.

The steering, for example, responds quickly to your inputs, body lean is always kept in check and there is a surprising amount of grip. The current generation of Caddy gets coil suspension (a more advanced rear suspension design than most vans), so it rides lumps and bumps with real sophistication, regardless of whether the rear is loaded or not.

However, if your van is destined to spend a lot of time in the city, you might want to look at the optional seven-speed DSG automatic. It delivers super-smooth gearchanges that also happen to be lightning-quick, but it’s a shame it’s only available on the highest-powered diesel model or the petrol option.

In terms of overall refinement, the 2.0-litre diesel version of the Volkswagen Caddy Cargo is remarkably hushed at a cruise, but that does mean you hear more road noise than you might expect. We’d stop short of calling it properly intrusive, but at motorway speeds you find yourself having to turn up the radio to hear it clearly.

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