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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. 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 Maxi 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 Caddy Maxi. The Volkswagen Caddy Maxi version is 353mm or 13.9 inches longer than the Caddy and has been around for many years, lending itself very well to various possible conversions. Still, we love the four (or three-seat) Caddy Maxi 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 second-row coach-built seat conversion option offers many possibilities and a completely different space to the traditional wheelchair user in the rear version.
This conversion has unrivalled space and access for this class size of a mobility vehicle on offer. It will allow varying wheelchair positions from the rear of the WAV to the middle of the second-row seats, allowing the wheelchair user to be amongst the seated passengers or behind them, depending on practicality and needs. It is fair to say that the wheelchair user is not strictly in the mid position as the floor space between the row-two seats does not allow this in a Caddy, but it’s pretty close.

The unrivalled ramp and lowered floor width are often unnoticed with this particular conversion. It may be only an inch or two, but when it comes to larger wheelchairs, especially those with three sets of wheels and large mobility scooters, this is often the saving grace of any accessible vehicle and why we stock it.

The lowered floor length in this conversion is outstanding and by far the longest in a converted vehicle of this size. From the bottom of the ramp to the front of the lowered floor has a gentle incline, so entry and exit are kind to wheelchair users. This makes the possibility of adding shower and toilet chairs and hoists behind a wheelchair user more accessible.

This conversion often comes with a longer ramp, reducing the incline gradient. The extra width and shallower angle give confidence when entering and leaving this mobility vehicle, and that is no small thing for a wheelchair or scooter user. A significant bonus with this conversion is the quick and easy removal of the second-row coach-built seats.

We have often found this WAV most agreeable for carers with high dependency, special needs wheelchair users, or those with unpredictable behaviour. The ability to secure a wheelchair user at a distance behind the second-row seats and the speedy accessibility on offer from the second-row seat occupants can be a significant advantage in this specific VW Caddy Maxi conversion.

Volkswagen is often favoured over other makes 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 posted 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 conversion is a great allrounder; it is flexible, has vast internal space, a wider ramp, lowered floor and a gentle incline. The ability to distance a wheelchair user from seated second-row passengers makes it unique. The new 2.0-litre engine came with Bluetooth and cruise control, 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 very long lowered floor allowing for multiple wheelchair user positions and access for large scooters
  • Significantly wider ramp and lowered floor than most WAVs allowing safer entry and exit for larger wheelchairs & scooters
  • A very large, practical and flexible internal space for the vehicle size
  • A variable wheelchair user position allowing wheelchair user to be in the rear position as well as the mid position
  • Good all around visibility for wheelchair users and passengers alike
  • Plenty of room for extra equipment and luggage
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: 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: 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 1868mm
Width 1793mm
Length 4878mm
Fuel Consumption
Combined MPG 54.3
Extra Urban MPG 62.8
Urban Cold MPG 44.8
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) 136
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) 75 kW , 102 HP EEC @ 2,900 rpm; , 250 Nm @ 1,300 rpm
  • External dimensions: 4,878mm long, 1,793mm wide, 1,868mm high, 158mm ground clearance, 3,006mm wheelbase, 1,537mm front track, 1,544mm rear track, 12,200mm turning circle (wall to wall), 192.0 inches long, 70.6 inches wide, 73.5 inches high, 6.2 inch ground clearance, 118.3 inch wheelbase, 60.5 inch front track and 60.8 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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