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Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Van Review

July 21st, 2023

The Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Van at a glance

Volkswagen unveiled their fifth variation Caddy in 2022, finally bringing this popular model in line with the VW Group MQB Platform that is now the staple component of the company’s passenger car range. As such, the Volkswagen Caddy Maxi van provides a smooth, car-like driving experience that makes this an ideal choice for city navigation. This combines with a reasonable if not overly groundbreaking payload and load length to appeal to a wide range of professional endeavours.

Read on to find out more about the engine and interior design features of the VW Caddy Maxi, with a look at the key industries that could benefit from such a vehicle.

Engines and Spec

A VW van will always deliver in terms of engine quality and performance, where this is certainly the case for the Caddy Maxi van. Each model comes with a 2.0 litre diesel engine, where you can choose from 75, 102 or 122 hp. The 122 hp option is certainly the most impressive if your priority is power, but the lower hp models also hold their own, providing just enough gusto to get you where you need to go.

In terms of fuel efficiency, the Caddy Maxi models with a TDI engine deliver an appealing average of around 57.6 miles per gallon. This is bolstered by a smart regenerative braking system that helps you to recover wasted energy while you drive.


The load length of the Maxi is potentially its most impressive feature, extending up to 2249 mm for the long wheel base model, compared to the standard Caddy length of 1779 mm. This is ideal if you’re looking to transport long and cumbersome construction materials such as rolls of carpet or full length ladders.

Unfortunately the vehicle’s overall payload does fall short of its long wheel base competitors such as the Ford Transit Connect. With the VW Caddy Maxi, you’re looking at a maximum payload of 700kg, where you will have to judge whether this is enough for your business needs. If you’re looking to transport large volumes of aggregates or heavy carpentry equipment, then you may have to look elsewhere.

In contrast to this, the Caddy’s upfront storage options won’t let you down, where this model includes large dashboard pockets, wide door caddies and a large overhead shelf. There is also an option to expand on this with extra underseat storage. These features are perfect if you’re delivering parcels on a long drive and need room for all your personal belongings. If you’re using this vehicle as a busy building contractor, you could also store A4 folders and customer invoices in these secure compartments.

The VW Caddy Maxi van includes a modern touchscreen infotainment system which takes care of everything from radio connectivity to air conditioning. Lane assist technology will also help with your long-distance navigation, where these features combine to make your working environment more comfortable. This is especially important if you’re conducting a round trip to perform a house survey, or if your client lives further afield.

Pros & Cons


  • Impressive load length to facilitate the transportation of cumbersome construction equipment

  • Car-like driving experience to support your comfort during long distance commutes

  • Modernised dashboard features bring this model in line with competing van brands


  • Limited payload compared with similar vehicles, which could limit your ability to manoeuvre building resources and heavy kit

  • Electric VW Caddy options provide a more environmentally friendly choice for your business, but you may struggle to find an equivalent to match the Maxi load length

  • Quieter van options are available if you’re concerned about your road noise contribution in the local area

The Verdict

So the Volkswagen Caddy Maxi van can provide you with a smooth, car-like driving experience whilst also delivering an impressive load length. Where it does disappoint is with its payload, although this depends on the quantity of goods you’ll need to transport on a daily basis. In the end, it’s up to you whether the Caddy’s reliability makes up for its weak points.

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