Sam says versatility abounds


Volkswagen has introduced the Caddy 1.0 TSI to their line as an option for those who need both a commercial vehicle and a car that can be used in their private capacity. Considerable space, versatility and good fuel consumption create a vehicle that will appeal to many.


The addition of the 1L option is meant to provide drivers with a more economical option than the 2.0 Trendline model range did alone. In addition to the storage space that the height and 60:40 split seats provide; it can function as a spacious family car as well.

The drive

The ride and handling is very similar to many other VWs. It offers drivers a sturdy drive and handles corners with ease and confidence. You do need to accelerate a bit more to avoid an initial lag but once the Caddy gets going it reaches and maintains higher speeds well and provides an effortless drive overall.


The Caddy 1.0 TSI has a turbo-charged 3-cylinder engine. It delivers a power output of 75 kW while the torque reaches 175 Nm. It features a five-speed manual gearbox.


Only one aspect of the drive created some concern for me. I needed to lean forward to reach the gearstick if I did not want to sit too close to the steering wheel. Of course, this is a limited concern as taller drivers would likely not experience the same discomfit.


Another feature that potential buyers will be impressed with is the car’s fuel-efficiency. VW places their fuel consumption at 5.6L/100km. Our consumption hovered around the 7.0L/100km mark with more stop-go driving than open road or highway driving.


The design

The Caddy 1.0 TSI is still distinctly a Caddy. The definition and sharper edges that VW has been adding to their vehicles of late can be seen as well, however, there have been no major changes to the exterior of the vehicle.


As in other aspects of the vehicle, the interior is distinctly VW and is reminiscent of other cars in their range. It does come with a fair number of features as standard. These include composition media touchscreen radio, 16-inch ‘Bendigo’ alloy wheels, heated rear window, electrically adjustable and heated exterior mirrors, climatic air conditioning system, electric windows, leather steering wheel, height adjustable front seats, multi-function display, roof rails in black, under-seat storage, front fog lights with static cornering light and daytime running lights.


Drivers can also add a number of other specs and safety features including rear-view camera, front and rear park distance control, cruise control and multi-function leather steering wheel to name just a few.


Despite the new 1.0 TSI being introduced as a more economical option for business owners, this cost-saving appears to come more from its ability to serve a dual-purpose. Potential drivers of the Caddy, who were interested in its use as a commercial vehicle alone, expressed their appreciation of the vehicle but were not convinced that it is the most affordable option available.


If, however, you can appreciate that despite the price, you will benefit from both a family car and a business vehicle as well, the Caddy fulfils a unique demand for certain buyers. It is well worth consideration for buyers in this market.


Good to know

The specs

Engine: 1 litre 3-cylinder

Transmission: 5-speed manual

Fuel consumption: 5.6L/100km

Power: 75 kW

Torque: 175 Nm

Price: starting from R306 300

Warranty: Standard with a 3 year/60 000km Genuine AutoMotion Service Plan, 3 year/120 000km warranty and a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty. Service Interval is 15 000km.


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