New 2020 Volkswagen Caddy gets radical redesign and hi-tech interior

The new Mk5 Volkswagen Caddy is based on the brand’s MQB platform and offers more load-carrying space than ever

The all-new Volkswagen Caddy van has made its world debut in Dusseldorf. It arrives as a small van and van-based MPV with a bold new look and a class-leading interior. The new Caddy will go on sale in October with the first UK deliveries expected in early 2021.

Volkswagen’s new Mercedes Citan, Ford Transit Connect and Citroen Berlingo rival is built on the VW Group’s MQB platform – the same one as the new Mk8 Golf – meaning it now offers more space than ever.

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The length of the standard Caddy has increased to 4,501mm thanks to a longer wheelbase and, even though the height of the van itself is actually down by 25mm, the overall load height inside has been increased. The extra width between the wheelarches increases the load-carrying potential, too. The larger Caddy Maxi can now accommodate two Euro pallets and they can be loaded from the side thanks to a larger sliding door.

Engine options

There are three four-cylinder two-litre diesel engines available from launch with 74bhp, 101bhp and 120bhp outputs available, and they all feature a new ‘double-dosing’ AdBlue system. This reduces nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions by using two SCR catalytic converters to double the amount of AdBlue fed into the exhaust. Joining the three diesel engines is just one petrol option with 114bhp.

Despite selling an electric Mk4 e-Caddy in Europe, which was developed in partnership with Abt, VW has decided against offering an all-electric version of the latest Caddy. This is mainly due to the costs involved with providing an electrified powertrain on the MQB platform, with the brand instead focusing on the MEB-based ID. Buzz Cargo that's set to arrive in 2022.

Interior and safety

The interior is dominated by the new Digital Cockpit, which is based on VW’s MIB3 system and comes as standard on higher spec models – although fully digital instruments are only available as an option. It features a 10-inch infotainment screen and provides a range of connectivity systems via the Caddy’s integrated eSIM. Smaller 6.5-inch and 8.25-inch infotainment screens are available on lower spec models.

The new Caddy is safer than ever before as it features 19 different driver assistance systems, including trailer assist and travel assist. The latter – a first for a VW commercial vehicle - uses a combination of lane assist and adaptive cruise control for added safety.

Other new features include electric closing aids for the sliding doors and tailgate plus a large panoramic sunroof with a glass area of 1.4m2 that sits above the first and second row of seats (in the MPV models). An electronic parking brake is now standard across the Caddy range, while keyless access and new 18-inch alloy wheels come as standard on top versions.

Just like its predecessor, the Caddy will also be launched as a passenger-carrying MPV, however the trim level naming process has changed. The base model will be known simply as the ‘Caddy’, with mid-spec ‘Life’ and premium ‘Style’ trims sitting above it.

Also joining the range will be a rugged Caddy Pan Americana and a sporty Caddy Vision. The former focuses on the outdoor lifestyle with a revised grille and flared wheelarches, while the latter caters for the style conscious with plenty of high gloss black elements. There's also set to be a new Caddy Camper, which will likely to be revealed in August.

Specification levels for the new Caddy van, as well as standard equipment and pricing, will be announced nearer to the October on sale date.

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