2016 Volkswagen Caddy C20 LIFE TDI (fully automated wheelchair user entry) 2.0 litre diesel auto







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Finding a suitable wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV) is not as easy as many think. This acquisition may well be a compromise that started with knowing you have to say goodbye to a car you want to travel in for a vehicle you need to travel in. Whether you need a new or a Nearly New WAV on the Motability Scheme, WAV rental, a financed or outright purchase of a new or used WAV, we are here to help you with independent advice on your first or your next WAV.

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

The Volkswagen Caddy is a great all-rounder in the WAV conversion industry, and its flexibility is legendary. This conversion is a wheelchair passenger upfront wheelchair accessible vehicle where the wheelchair user can sit next to the driver. Wheelchair passenger upfronts have always been a favourite, but they aren’t for everyone and aren’t always as practical as you may think.

While the wheelchair passenger upfront position in a WAV can often be considered the premium position for a wheelchair user in a vehicle, buyers must evaluate the internal space usefulness and seating to their needs. The Volkswagen Caddy can have up to four physical seats, including the driver’s, but it is scarce to find them with this many seats. The upfront Caddys often come with the driver seat plus one behind the driver’s seat. The balance two would be tip and fold seats towards the back of the vehicle.

The Volkswagen Caddy wheelchair passenger upfront is one accessible vehicle that should never be purchased on measurements alone due to its complexity and how the lowered floor has had to be designed. The design is such that this conversion can present challenges with entry and exit for some buyers. Certain wheelchairs can be difficult to handle because the floor undulates and narrows; this is not always clear to the naked eye, so please try before buying.

The Caddy upfront conversion is often built with a fully remote rear opening system; this can be invaluable with this conversion as it dramatically reduces the time it takes to on and off-board the vehicle. Of course, not everyone likes the gadgetry on a car, so we seek them with and without the mechanisms. We always have them serviced before they leave us and the systems are incredibly reliable, but our warranty covers it for three years if you have a problem.

A wheelchair user in the passenger upfront position will generally feel quite comfortable in a Caddy due to the deep lowered floor. Whilst this doesn’t affect the vehicle’s road clearance, it means an excellent low centre of gravity is on offer. A low centre of gravity also means that typically the majority of wheelchair users will be sitting alongside the driver at a height acceptable to users for travel. Our advice is to test it first, and you will know within minutes if it suits you and your needs.

The Caddy is considered a medium-sized vehicle within the WAV industry, so most would be comfortable around it when investigating its usefulness to them. The majority converted were diesel autos, and the Volkwagen DSG (Direct Shift Gearbox) gearbox is easy to use and, we have found over the year, the favoured variant of this well-known marque model.

SMV conclusion: the wheelchair upfront passenger in a Caddy will generally always sit and look as if seated in a standard seat due to the intelligently thought out conversion. We love the DSG gearbox mated with the frugal engines, and the fully automated entry versions make life so much easier.

Why not give Southern Mobility Vehicles a call if this WAV isn’t quite right for you? 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. We are independent WAV advisors, so you will get the best of all worlds, whatever your wheelchair access needs are.

Accessibility Experience
  • A remote automated rear tailgate and ramp entry system with automatic lowering suspension for quicker and easier wheelchair user access
  • A low incline single-piece rear ramp system makes for a safer and easier wheelchair user entry and exit
  • Highly inclusive wheelchair user position next to the driver
  • A superior forward and all-round better vision for the wheelchair passenger upfront position in this WAV
  • An extra passenger seat which conveniently tips and folds for rear wheelchair access
  • Wheelchair passenger upfront position may allow a user to transfer to the driver position
Driver and passenger experience
  • Seat upholstery: cloth
  • Semi-automatic air conditioning
  • Electrically heated windscreen
  • Driver seat: individual type, passenger seat: individual type
  • Front electric windows with one-touch on two windows
  • Engine start/stop
  • Leather covered steering wheel with tilt adjustment and telescopic adjustment
  • Dynamic steering
  • Front and rear wheels: 16 inch steel 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: 6-speed dual clutch manual sequentional with automatic mode featuring gear lever mounted on the floor
  • Hill holder
  • Speed limiter
  • Driver and passenger vanity mirror
  • Colour high gloss trim on dashboard and alloy look gearknob
  • Centre armrest between front seats
  • Floor console, full overhead console
  • Chrome/silver 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 digital media card reader, touch screen and CD player that reads MP3 CDs ; radio receives AM/FM, digital and RDS colour screen
  • 12v power outlet located in cargo section and front section
  • Front reading lights
  • Cup holders for front seats and rear seats
  • Bluetooth includes phone connection and music streaming
  • Connections for auxiliary audio devices (front)
  • Analogue & digital dashboard
  • Single 5.0 inch touch sensitive multi-function display screen(s)
  • 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
  • Rain sensing windscreen wipers
  • Electronic traction control
  • Drivers airbag, passengers airbag with de-activation switch
  • Stability controlsystem
  • Electronic brake distribution
  • Brake assist system
  • Low tyre pressure indicator
  • Anti-theft protection with interior monitoring
  • Cruise control
  • 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 1858mm
Width 1793mm
Length 4408mm
Fuel Consumption
Combined MPG 55.4
Extra Urban MPG 64.2
Urban Cold MPG 45.6
Power (BHP) 101
Maximum Speed (mph) 106
Torque (Nm) 250
Engine and Drivetrain
Cylinders 4
Driven Axle FRONT
Engine Capacity (cc) 1968
Forward Gears 6
Emissions (CO2) 133
Engine Euro Status 6
Seats 3
More information
  • Power: (from primary fuel) 75 kW , 102 HP EEC @ 2,900 rpm; , 250 Nm @ 1,300 rpm
  • External dimensions: 4,408mm long, 1,793mm wide, 1,858mm high, 155mm ground clearance, 2,682mm 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, 6.1 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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