Volkswagen’s popular Caddy MPV has just received a facelift for 2018, and with it, are some attractive prices for people to reconsider the Caddy instead of the segment leading Toyota Innova.
And we’d probably, too, since Innovas are so common, there’s barely any distinction between each Innova seen on the road. The Caddy has a newer, more dynamic design that’s typical of the German brand, which starts with the slightly revised front fascia, now incorporating Volkswagen’s new grille design, which now is predominantly horizontal in its design, and is now integrated into the headlights. Likewise, both variants receive a new set of alloy wheel designs. The changes are less noticeable at the rear, with only a new pair of tail lights being the noticeable change.
Inside, and the Volkswagen Caddy receives a slightly revised interior, now with Volkswagen’s Composition Media Touchscreen infotainment being standard on all variants. It has Bluetooth telephone and audio as standard. Also, the new Sportline variant receives swathes of Fontana Red trimmings in the interior if the customer selects the red color for the Sportline variant, while other colors and variants receive the usual silver aluminum interior trims. As ever, the Caddy is a super practical MPV, with its high roof that provides it smart overhead storage solutions inside the vehicle.
Safety-wise, the Europeans always lead the way with standard 6 airbags, Hill Start Assist, and Electronic Stability Control in conjunction with the Electronic Differential Lock. The top trim Sportline variant benefits from Driver Attention Monitor. We commend companies like Volkswagen for adding standard 6 airbags and any form of electronic stability control as standard.
The Volkswagen Caddy is powered by a 1.6 liter TDI 4-cylinder diesel engine that produces 102 hp and a strong 250 Nm of torque. As with most Volkswagen diesels, it is mated to their lovely 7-speed DSG dual clutch automatic transmission, and with its 60 liter fuel tank, expect refuelling to be few and far in between.
Interestingly, the price is of very good value. The Volkswagen Caddy is priced at P1,430,000 for the Comfortline, and P1,480,000 for the Sportline, which makes it really more affordable than the Toyota Innova 2.8 V. Would you pick a German MPV over the Indonesian designed Japanese MPV? We think we would.