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VW is taking it to the Maxi...

7th February 2008
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Volkswagen has taken the respected Caddy and expanded it slightly the result is as good as the original. Julian Milnes takes a look.

IF YOU'VE GOT a product as clod as Volkswagen's Caddy the ast thing you want to do is ruin the Ormula, so the company has taken he only logical approach and ncreased its size. Taking on one of he best pound-for-pound vans on he market — the Transit Connect — the new Caddy Maxi is .70mm longer than the existing nodel with an increased load olume of 4.2m" compared with he original's 3.2m, putting the 'ord's 3.7m3 in the shade.

Payload is now 800kg, actually own on the smaller version's 15kg, though load length is icreased to 2250mm.

The other main development is ic addition of a 2.0-litre TDI unit pith six-speed box producing a ealthy 140hp and 320Nm of Hque, while the established .9-litre 104hp turbo-diesel retains te much-admired DSCi ( duallift gearbox) option.

Coming as standard are ABS, CS (traction control system), BC (engine braking control) and near-side sliding door, while it-nay, air-con and heated seats -e among the options But it doesn't stop there. There -e plans afoot for a CNG version. while the BlueMotion concept with lightened body parts and a super-frugal engine is expected to appear at this year's CV Show.

One thing the new Caddy does share with the original is the way it drives, which is both fluid and secure. Having exceptional build quality will always help a van's cause, and the Maxi also benefits from a well engineered chassis that feels nimble in town while displaying the surefootedness of a bigger van on faster roads.

Adding to the package is the steering, which is quick and accurate without suffering from overassistance, The engines — in 104 or, especially 140hp, guise — deliver power progressively, though we're still not completely won over by their refinement as they can feel a little raucous However we can only bestow praise on the company's DSG box which is near-seamless in its shifting.


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