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heycar review

      Launch year
      2015
      Body type
      MPV
      Fuel type
      Petrol, Diesel
heycar editorial team

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Practical yet easy to drive

Best bits

  • Huge amount of space
  • Efficient diesel engines
  • Easy to drive

Not so great

  • Not going to turn any heads
  • Interior doesn't feel as plush as a more conventional alternative
  • Petrol models are rare

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Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Life Front Side View

Overall verdict

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On the inside

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Driving

Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Life Rear Side View

How much does it cost to run

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Prices, versions and specification

Overall verdict on the Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Life

"For buyers who rank versatility and affordability over things like style, a van-based people carrier like the Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Life could be a very sensible purchase. Not only is it cheap to buy, it also has low running costs and will forever surprise you with its load-carrying abilities."

Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Life Front Side View

While most buyers default to an SUV as the progression from a family hatch, your money goes a lot further with the Caddy Maxi Life. There's the smaller Volkswagen Caddy Life too, but the Maxi Life is a seven-seater with more space than something like a Skoda Kodiaq. It's a rival to cars like the Ford Tourneo Connect and Citroen Berlingo MPV XL.


It's based on the fourth-generation Volkswagen Caddy van and that means it's got a tonne of space, sliding rear doors and surprisingly low running costs. Sure, it also has a few low-rent plastics and a fairly basic dashboard, but it's fairly inoffensive inside.


Standard equipment is fairly good, too. There's only one model, so no need to spend ages hunting out a specific trim level. All come with DAB radio and alloy wheels, while desirable options include the bigger six-inch media system along with navigation and App-Connect (with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto).


The Caddy Maxi Life's also surprisingly good to drive. Most are fitted with a 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine, which is available in two power outputs (102PS or 150PS), as well as with manual or DSG automatic gearboxes. There's also a small 1.0-litre turbo petrol unit, which is ideal if you cover a lot of short journeys or mainly drive around town.


Its relatively small footprint and impressive visibility combined with light steering mean it feels much like a Volkswagen Golf to drive. It's certainly not as intimidating as you might expect for a van-based people carrier. It also has a pretty soft ride, which means your passengers won't complain too much if you hit a pot hole at speed, and even when empty it won't jiggle about over bumps too much.


The Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Life is a car that laughs in the face of fashion. But it's hugely practical and needn't be the compromise you might expect - it drives just as well as you'd expect for a Volkswagen and its running costs ought to be low, too.


If you're looking for the smaller five-seat version, you need our Volkswagen Caddy Life (2015-) review.

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Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Life

2.0 TDI 5dr DSG

  • 2019
  • 7,702 miles

Manufacturer Approved

  • Marriott Wolsey Van Centre Ipswich
  • Suffolk, IP15AN
Price (ex VAT):£24,995
PCP: £392.36/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £392.36, Customer Deposit: £3,749.00, Total Deposit: £3,749.25, Optional Final Payment: £10,742.50, Total Charge For Credit: £3,229.35, Total Amount Payable: £28,224.35, Representative APR: 6.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 6.86%, Excess Mileage Charge: 7.2ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Life

2.0 TDI 5dr DSG

  • 2021
  • 50 miles

Manufacturer Approved

  • Clark Commercials Edinburgh
  • Midlothian, EH259SL
Price:£27,594
HP: £720.52/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £720.52, Customer Deposit: £4,139.00, Total Deposit: £4,139.10, Total Charge For Credit: £2,493.82, Total Amount Payable: £30,087.82, Representative APR: 6.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 6.86%

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Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Life Front Interior

On the inside

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Driving

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How much does it cost to run

Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Life Front View

Prices, versions and specification