Facts, figures, likes and dislikes
- Official MPG: 55.4mpg
Our average MPG – 38mpg over 1,000 miles
- Our best MPG – 44mpg over 610 miles
- We like: Car-like to drive, spacious load area, all the standard kit, comfortable and refined performer, high quality
- We don’t like: No standard sat-nav or DAB radio, could really do with a sixth gear
MILES, miles and more miles; that’s what month three with the Caddy Black Edition has mostly been about.
In fact, part of the reason this report is filed later than planned, is that I’ve simply been too busy driving my smart Volkswagen commercial.
After a quick wash and polish to get the pearl black paint and wheels shining, it was back to work and since then it has visited Farnborough, Stansted and Heathrow airports, the Cotswolds, Farnborough again but not the airport, Goodwood and most recently a trip to Bruntingthorpe.
As such, over 1,000 miles have passed under the wheels of the Caddy and I have to admit the paint and wheels could again really benefit from some suds and a sponge.
One epic trip that springs to mind from the last month was a day that started for me in Newcastle on a launch. After flying back to Stansted airport, there followed a late afternoon lightening dash in the Caddy to another launch in the Cotswolds. This Volkswagen felt made for this job, devouring the 100 miles or so of mixed motorway and B road driving with ease – just needing a splash of diesel on route.
Another highlight was the two-day visit to Goodwood, which started with a BMW driving day at the circuit, where the Caddy mixed it in the car park with i8 supercars with considerably more power than its 101bhp – but it still looked sharp for a van in my opinion.
Talking of the Caddy’s thirst, as the weather over the last month has got hotter, so has the need to use the standard air-conditioning more and this has had an effect on the Caddy’s range – which has dropped slightly from roughly 470 miles to a still respectable 420 miles.
However, the air-conditioning has added another level of comfort to the Caddy’s already luxurious and comfortable interior. Even after a mammoth five-hour Friday evening drive home from Goodwood, I got out at home feeling ache-free and reasonably fresh.
I’m a particular fan of how the Bluetooth connects with my iPhone and at the touch of one of the multi-function steering wheel buttons, I can access my phone book and make calls without taking my eyes of the instruments.
The Caddy really is like a large two-seater Golf – which it effectively is and with more miles on the clock, the 1.6-litre TDI certainly feels keener and sharper than it did when it first arrived back at the beginning of March.
Gripes? Well, on start up a couple of times, the Caddy has thrown up a few spurious messages about a traction control failure. As I write, it hasn’t done this for a while, but it still might be worth a check at the local dealer. Excess buzzing from one of the passenger side speakers could mean it’s on its way out too – either that or the Caddy’s stereo doesn’t like my choice of music – I wonder?
In addition, the wash at the start of last month, showed up a quite a few annoying little stone chips on the pearl black paint, but I suppose that’s par for the course when doing a fair amount of mileage.
Month 4 is looking as busy as month 3, with the capacious load area likely to be filled with lots of flat-packed furniture from a long planned trip to IKEA. I’ll update you as to how I get on next month.