Its party trick, though, is the ability to remove the second and third row seats and transform the people-mover back into a cargo van.
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How much does the VW Caddy Life cost?
The petrol version of the VW Caddy Life starts at $50,640 before on-road costs. The diesel-powered variant costs another $2000.
That’s not cheap, but you are buying a comprehensively equipped vehicle with a very composed drive and the capacity to mix business and pleasure via the removable second and third row seats.
Standard gear includes and 8.25-inch infotainment touchscreen, digital audio, a digital driver’s display, dual-zone air-conditioning, auto lights and wipers, 17-inch alloy wheels, and a pair of USB-C ports in the front and second rows.
Semi-automated park assist (you apply accelerator and brake, the car works the wheel) is also a welcome feature on a vehicle approaching 4.9 metres in length.
Service intervals are 12 months/15,000km and there’s a limited offer on a five-year service plan for $1300. That’s liable to change in the near future, so check the VW website.
The competition is fierce in this segment, with the class-leading Kia Carnival starting at $47,480 for the petrol and $49,480 for a diesel, while the petrol-only Honda Odyssey is $47,800.
How safe is the VW Caddy?
Caddy owners can relax knowing they’re driving a five-star family vehicle. ANCAP’s rating applies to all people-mover versions, though the cargo models have yet to be tested.
Adult occupant protection earned an 84 per cent score, child safety came in at 86 per cent, vulnerable road users came in at 69 per cent, largely due to the fact the Caddy doesn’t have autonomous emergency braking in reverse, and safety assist technology scored a 79 per cent rating.
That technology includes frontal AEB with pedestrian and cyclist detection, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-change assist, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control and driver fatigue detection.
What’s the VW Caddy like inside?
The sliding doors on the Caddy Life are massive and provide easy access to the rear seats. Thankfully they’re also designed to glide open and shut with very little effort, which is appreciated when you’re carrying a child in one hand.
Storage space is impressive throughout the cabin, though if buyers option the panoramic sunroof they’ll lose the overhead storage bin that stretches the width of the cabin.
The outer seats in the second row have airline-style tray tables. They’re not hugely sturdy but the built-in cupholders will happily hold up a large drink and tablets can be propped up on the table itself.