2018 Volkswagen Caddy C20 LIFE (fully automated wheelchair user entry) TSI 1.4 petrol 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, or 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 wheelchair user driver transfer 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 driver transfer WAV where the wheelchair or scooter user moves from their wheelchair internally to a standard driver seat with a specially designed base underneath it that moves backwards, forward, up, down and sideways. A seat that moves beyond its usual constraints makes accessibility considerably more viable to those that can transfer from their wheelchair. These conversions are very rare to see, most especially in the Caddy.

We can have driving aids added should they be required; please ask us. Generally, driver hand controls would be the simplest form of driver aid a WAV would come with, and they can be added if required for almost any vehicle. Driver aids are not just for drivers transferring from their wheelchairs in vehicles; they can easily be added to most vehicles.

A wheelchair transfer driver’s needs are different from many other WAV buyers regarding internal space and seat numbers. However, it is still essential to evaluate the internal space usefulness and seating for your individual needs. The driver transfer Volkswagen Caddy can have up to four or even five physical seats, including the two front seats, but they are scarce. They often come with two front seats plus one in the rear, with the seat numbers made up of two tip and fold seats towards the back of the vehicle.

The Volkswagen Caddy driver transfer conversion is one accessible vehicle that should never be purchased on measurements alone due to its complexity and how the lowered floor has been designed. The design is such that this conversion can present challenges with entry and exit and the physical transfer itself 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 VW Caddy driver transfer from wheelchair conversion is often converted with a fully remote rear opening system; this can be useful as it can reduce the time it takes to onboard and offboard this WAV. Of course, not everyone likes the gadgetry on a car, and some wheelchair or scooter users don’t need it, so we seek them with and without these 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 driver transfer seat will generally feel quite comfortable driving in a Caddy as you are in the vehicle’s original seat. With driver hand controls, this type of WAV can be the ideal solution for those looking for maximum independence. Of course, our advice is to test it first; you will probably know within minutes if it works for you and suits 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. For wheelchair drivers and those transferring to the driving position, the auto gearbox is the preferred variant of this well-known marque model.

SMV conclusion: the Volkswagen Caddy is one of the few iconic drive-from or driver-transfer wheelchair conversions that works well for wheelchair users. Its compact size and post-conversion practicality make it ideal for many wheelchair users and drivers’ needs. Bespoke specialist driver aids can be added post-build so do ask us what can be done. 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? 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
  • Maintain your independence with a fully automated remote entry WAV
  • The driver docks their wheelchair and transfers across to a standard driver seat sat on a six way transfer seat
  • Lowering rear suspension makes for a shallow entry and exit for a wheelchair user
  • A high specification WAV with satnav and front and rear park sensors
  • A small and compact WAV that does exactly what it should do
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 multi-function 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 manual featuring gear lever mounted on the floor
  • Hill holder
  • Speed limiter
  • Driver and passenger vanity mirror
  • Colour high gloss trim on dashboard and leather 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 boot/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: dusk sensor and 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
  • Collision warning system which activates brake lights and brakes at low speed and includes brake assist and driver monitor
  • Anti-theft protection with interior monitoring
  • Cruise control
  • 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 mm
Width 1793mm
Length 4408mm
Fuel Consumption
Combined MPG 48.7
Extra Urban MPG 54.3
Urban Cold MPG 42.2
Power (BHP) 123
Maximum Speed (mph) 114
Torque (Nm) 220
Engine and Drivetrain
Cylinders 4
Driven Axle FRONT
Engine Capacity (cc) 1395
Forward Gears 6
Emissions (CO2) 132
Engine Euro Status 6
Seats 3
More information
  • Euro NCAP crash test results: Overall: 4.00, Adult occupant: 84.00, Child occupant: 78.00, Pedestrian: 58.00, Safety assist: 68.00, Version tested: VW Caddy 2.0 TDI Trendline 5dr Mini MPV, Date tested: 04 Nov 2015
  • Power: (from primary fuel) 92 kW , 125 HP EEC @ 5,000 rpm; , 220 Nm @ 1,500 rpm
  • External dimensions: 4,408mm long, 1,793mm wide, 2,682mm wheelbase, 1,537mm front track, 1,531mm rear track, 173.5 inches long, 70.6 inches wide, 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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