2016 Volkswagen Caddy Life 1.6 diesel DSG auto







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Volkswagen Caddy mid wheelchair user position rear ramp WAV from Southern Mobility Vehicles

The two plus two (or one second row) coach-built seats plus a wheelchair user in the vehicle’s mid-position is a lesser converted version of Volkswagen’s short wheelbase Caddy. The Volkswagen Caddy version is 353mm or 13.9 inches shorter than the VW Caddy Maxi and has been around for many years, lending itself very well to various possible conversions. Still, we do love the four (or three-seat) Caddy WAV conversion.

The VW Caddy Maxi version is usually converted to accommodate a wheelchair passenger in the rear, and many different conversion companies have completed this. However, the standard Caddy’s second-row coach-built seat conversion option offers good possibilities and a completely different space to the traditional wheelchair user in the rear version.

In the standard Caddy, It is fair to say that the wheelchair user is not strictly in the mid position as the floorspace does not allow it to be exact in this WAV, but it’s pretty close, and it is a VW. With large wheelchairs, this is rarely achieved anyway with just a couple of WAV conversions that will allow this unless you step up to a significantly larger mobility vehicle.

This conversion most often comes with a single piece ramp with a short, lightweight flip over end, making opening and closing the ramp more manageable, and the incline angle is still good when entering and leaving this WAV.  A wheelchair user assist winch can often make onboarding more accessible, too, and if one isn’t present, one can usually be fitted retrospectively.

Volkswagen, of course, is often favoured over other marques because of their build quality and engine reliability. However, it is essential to remember that conversions across the industry vary considerably; variations in materials quality, ramp and lowered floor angles and lengths, and entry widths. In short, one Caddy conversion is most definitely not the same as the next one; this is where we strongly recommend taking advice.

Volkswagen’s DSG or Direct Shift Gearbox is widely used across the automotive industry and developed over many years. It is also reliable and well tested; the private hire industry often insists on it as they cover so many miles in a year. Until 2010 the 1.9 turbo diesel engine was widely used; from 2010 to 2015, the 1.6 diesel engine with 102ps was widely used, and post-2016, the newer 2.0-litre diesel and the much rarer 1.4 petrol engines came into place. These have all been mated with the familiar VW DSG auto gearbox, also available as a manual.

SMV conclusion: the second-row coach-built seat version of the Caddy is a great allrounder; The DSG gearbox mated with the newer two-litre diesel engine or the 1.6-litre engine is legendary, and the Caddy is known to be an excellent workhorse. The new 2.0-litre engine came with Bluetooth and cruise control, which undoubtedly increased its popularity, plus several other features undoubtedly increased its popularity.

Why not give Southern Mobility Vehicles a call if this WAV isn’t quite right for you. We are independent WAV advisors, so you will get the best of all worlds, whatever your wheelchair access needs are. Whether you are looking for a new Motability WAV, a Nearly New Motability WAV, short term hire, or an outright purchase, we are the WAV dealer to call first. We are here to help; we know how hard it is to be confident you are buying the right mobility vehicle for your needs.

Accessibility Experience
  • A low incline two-piece rear ramp system makes for a safer and easier wheelchair user entry and exit
  • One rear second-row seat allows for better elbow room for all passengers
  • A low centre of gravity means a more stable ride for most wheelchair users
  • Superior forward and all-round better vision for most wheelchair users
Driver and passenger experience
  • Seat upholstery: cloth
  • Semi-automatic air conditioning
  • Driver seat: individual type, passenger seat: individual type
  • Front electric windows with one-touch on two windows
  • Plastic steering wheel with tilt adjustment and telescopic adjustment
  • Dynamic steering
  • Front and rear wheels: 15 inch alloy rims ; width: 6.0 inches
  • Four disc brakes including two ventilated discs
  • Turbo-charger
  • Independent strut front suspension with anti-roll bar and coil springs, rigid beam rear suspension with anti-roll bar and leaf springs
  • Transmission: 7-speed dual clutch manual sequentional with automatic mode featuring gear lever mounted on the floor
  • Driver and passenger vanity mirror
  • Centre armrest between front seats
  • Floor console, full overhead console
  • Black roof rails
  • Remote controlled remote boot/hatch/rear door release
  • Storage compartment under driver seat and passenger seat
  • Automatic hazard lights
  • Six speakers
  • Audio system with CD player that reads MP3 CDs ; radio receives AM/FM and RDS
  • 12v power outlet located in cargo section, front section and rear section
  • Cup holders for front seats and rear seats
  • Connections for auxiliary audio devices (front)
  • Analogue & digital dashboard
  • Halogen low beam halogen high beam headlights with complex surface lenses
  • Headlight controlsystems: height adjustment
  • Front fog lights
  • Day time running lights
  • Body colour power door mirrors ; heated
  • Windscreen wipers
  • Electronic traction control
  • Drivers airbag, passengers airbag with de-activation switch
  • Stability controlsystem
  • Electronic brake distribution
  • Brake assist system
  • Anti-theft protection with interior monitoring
  • Particle filter system
  • Ventilation system with air filter
  • Tinted glass

Please note that some vehicles specification may not match the manufacturer supplied information due to the nature of vehicles being converted for wheelchair accessibility. Please ask us to check anything that is important to you.

Our exclusive and comprehensive Autoguard Nationwide All Mechanical and All Electrical Premium Warranty and Breakdown Assist cover always runs for 3 years and includes:

Full Breakdown Assist to include Roadside Recovery, Onward Travel, Home Start and Accident recovery

Unlimited Number of Warranty Claims on unlimited mileage

Maximum individual claim limit of £2400 including VAT

Breakdown & Recovery 24 Hours a Day/365 Days a Year 

Key WAV component cover Included

Parts and Labour are included

Continental warranty repair cover

A Free Downloadable Autoguard Contract Holder App

Transferable to a New Owner if sold Privately


Our warranty also covers you for - In Car Entertainment Systems, Air Conditioning, Driver Interface Systems, EGR Valves, Catalytic Converter and Fuel Injectors, Misfuelling Cover and Broken or Lost Key Cover 

For new WAVs you will get our exclusive and comprehensive WAV only warranty to run alongside your manufacturer’s warranty

Your Warranty & Rescue booklet

We have partnered with disability insurance specialists, Fish Insurance, who can offer Disability Car Insurance policies specifically to cover disabled drivers, adapted cars, and WAVs.

Options for any driver cover, as well as policies for non-drivers, so you can insure the vehicle in your name and it be driven by yourself, family, friends, or carers

Cover for the repair and replacement of adaptations to your car that you’ve told Fish about

Free courtesy car while your car is being repaired at one of Fish’s approved garages (or up to £700 mobility allowance if a suitable car isn’t available)

If your car is stolen, any settlement will take into account any modifications that you’ve told Fish about

Cover for accidental damage to other people’s property or injury to others up to £20m (and up to £5m per claim)

Lifetime guarantee on repairs. If you maintain the vehicle to the manufacturer’s schedule, any repairs carried out by approved repairers are guaranteed while you own the car

Protection up to £2,500 for wheelchairs or other mobility aids being transported in your car

To get a tailored quote, call 0333 331 3869 and quote code 2487.

As with any policy, limits and exclusions apply. For full details of the cover provided by Fish Insurance, click here.

Southern Mobility Vehicles ltd is an Introducer Appointed Representative of Fish Administration Limited. Fish Insurance is a trading style of Fish Administration Ltd. Fish Administration Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, Firm Reference Number 310172. Fish Administration Ltd is registered in England & Wales. Company Registration Number 4214119. Registered Office: Rossington’s Business Park, West Carr Road, Retford, Nottinghamshire, DN22 7SW. Fish Administration Ltd is part of the PIB Group.

Height 1856mm
Width 1794mm
Length 4406mm
Fuel Consumption
Combined MPG 49.6
Extra Urban MPG 54.3
Urban Cold MPG 43.5
Power (BHP) 101
Maximum Speed (mph) 104
Torque (Nm) 250
Engine and Drivetrain
Cylinders 4
Driven Axle FRONT
Engine Capacity (cc) 1598
Forward Gears 7
Emissions (CO2) 149
Engine Euro Status 5
Seats 3
More information
  • Power: (from primary fuel) 75 kW , 102 HP EEC @ 4,400 rpm; , 250 Nm @ 1,500 rpm
  • External dimensions: 4,406mm long, 1,794mm wide, 1,856mm high, 157mm ground clearance, 2,681mm wheelbase, 1,537mm front track, 1,531mm rear track, 11,100mm turning circle (wall to wall), 173.5 inches long, 70.6 inches wide, 73.1 inches high, 6.2 inch ground clearance, 105.6 inch wheelbase, 60.5 inch front track and 60.3 inch rear track

Please note that some vehicles specification may not match the manufacturer supplied information due to the nature of vehicles being converted for wheelchair accessibility. Please ask us to check anything that is important to you.

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