THE Volkswagen Caddy was voted Best Small Trades Van in the Business Van of the Year Awards 2018.
So what makes it so good? Why did the judges vote it number one? Stay with us and we’ll tell you.
Safety first is where to start as one of the key reasons. Last year, Volkswagen became the first manufacturer to fit Autonomous Emergency Braking as standard to all its vans.
But the Caddy adds emergency brake distribution, driver alertness warnings, and an automatic post-collision braking system to the mix.
Looking specifically at the Caddy Van 1.2 TSI BlueMotion, our judges were particularly impressed by the reliability offered by the van, something that Volkswagen has long held a reputation for. Indeed, independent fleet analysis has shown the Caddy to be the most reliable small van, not just in its class but overall.
It’s that reputation for reliability that has undoubtedly helped keep residual values high, ensuring leasing costs are kept low.
Low running costs drive down monthly rentals
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicle dealers can currently offer rentals from just £179 per month, but when that’s combined with competitive service, maintenance and repair costs, as well as impressive fuel economy from the range of three diesel and three petrol engine options, it leads to whole-life costs amongst the lowest in the class.
The 2.0-litre BlueMotion diesel powered Caddy returns 47.1mpg officially (and emits just 137g/km of CO2) which translates to a range of up to 621 miles between stops at the fuel station. It ties all that in while being practical enough to appeal to users, with a payload of 671kg and a load compartment that will swallow 3.3 cubic metres of goods.
The back up offered by Volkswagen was another deciding factor for the independent judging team, each a specialist in the SME and commercial vehicle sector.
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has 72 van centres and 24 authorised repairers around the country ready to look after a Caddy. Impressively, VW’s ‘Working With You’ promise ensures a tailor-made package for buyers.
Whether that’s help when choosing through the use of tools such as the website, configurator or iPad sales aid, advice from a local Business Development Managers on finance, after-sales support, racking, livery, conversions or any other aspect of ownership, or after-sales support with fixed price service, maintenance and repairs. A standard manufacturers warranty with up to three years cover adds further reassurance.
For traders looking for a smart, presentable, and capable small van, the Volkswagen Caddy offers it all, in a package that’s backed by a professional network and provides running costs to keep your accountant happy.