DRIVEN: VW Caddy Maxi 2.0TDI

Good looking and versatile.
Good looking and versatile.

The VW Caddy has finally landed on SA soil and is a perfect blend of people carrier and workhorse. Here we have the 7-seater Maxi Kombi 2.0TDI version.

In terms of design, we like the futuristic look, especially the front end which has nice clean lines. The rear also sports a no-frills design which we like. The Costa Azul Metallic colour works perfectly on the car though some would prefer the more striking Copper Bronze Metallic. It comes standard with LED headlights and 16-inch alloy wheels.

Inside there’s plenty of room and plenty of hard-wearing plastics. As far as VW workhorses are concerned, you won’t be seeing wear and tear for a long time. The seats are cloth but are comfy and supportive. There are plenty of windows meaning more visibility outside. On the practicality front, it has a decent boot but its party trick is that you can easily remove the second and third row of seats for way more loading space. It has a few tech goodies inside like a rearview camera, and an 8.25-inch touch screen which supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The screen is also used for air conditioning, the buttons are however missed and are more convenient as you don’t have to take your eyes off the road as much.

Power the Maxi Kombi is a 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine that produces 81kW and 300Nm of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox. The clutch takes some getting used to, with auto-hold playing a major role. VW claims 5.5 l/100, but we managed a best of 6.5 which isn’t too bad. Fully loaded, however, you’re looking at around 9 l/100km. Regardless, the engine knows how to lug the weight around.

The Caddy is a solid offering from VW and prices for the Caddy Maxi 2.0TDI 7-seater start from R601,100.00.

Malusi Msomi
Lover of all things cars. Automotive photographer, freelance motoring journalist and founder of one of the biggest social media automotive communities in the country, DBN Spotter. My world revolves around three words; Drive, shoot, write.