2018 Volkswagen Caddy Maxi C20 LIFE TDI 2.0 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, 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 next WAV.

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

The two plus three standard seats plus a wheelchair user in the VW Caddy Maxi’s rear or third row is probably the most prolific WAV conversion across the WAV industry. The Volkswagen Caddy and the Maxi version, 353mm or 13.9 inches longer, have been around for many years and have always lent themselves very well to the different conversion possibilities.

The VW Caddy Maxi version is usually converted to accommodate a wheelchair passenger in the rear, and many different conversion companies have completed this. Several marques can offer the wheelchair passenger in the rear or third-row conversion as an option, effectively using the space where the third row of seats was positioned in the longer wheelbase version, the Maxi. Converting through the rear and avoiding the second-row seat removal is often a more straightforward and cost-effective option for a WAV conversion, and it works very well.

The VW Caddy has lent itself well to this task, but buyers do not always favour the rear position due to the distance from the driver and the feeling that the wheelchair user is baggage or luggage. Some love it, of course, teenagers and youngsters often like having their own space away from their parents, and the private hire and taxi industry revere the Caddy.

The various conversions come with or without wheelchair assist winches which can be beneficial for two purposes. Pulling a wheelchair user in and, we often feel, they are more helpful in avoiding increasing pain levels for manual wheelchair users. Using a winch means that the torque will pull the wheelchair user over ramp seams and avoid the human interaction, which can cause jolting as a wheelchair user is pushed up the incline into the WAV.

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 styles and lowered floor angles and lengths, and entry widths should all be considered. All these factors can make a difference in how ownership and so usage is valued. In short, one rear entry 3rd row Caddy Maxi 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 Caddy is a great allrounder; it is flexible, plentiful and practical with five original VW seats. The DSG gearbox mated with the newer two-litre diesel engine upgraded from 1.6 litres in late 2015 is legendary and 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 rear wheelchair user position would suit those who like or need their own space
  • A fold-flat rear ramp system gives a flat surface for storage when a wheelchair user isn't present
  • The manufacturer's original second-row seats ensure passenger comfort and better access for those with lower mobility
  • An ideal accessible family car with five standard manufacturer seats
  • A wheelchair assist winch smoothing out bumps and easing entry & exit for wheelchair users
  • Superior forward and all-round better vision for most wheelchair users
  • Isofix present on second-row outer seats for baby & toddler seats
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: 15 inch alloy rims ; width: 6.0 inches 38.1 and 15.2
  • 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
  • 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
  • Media control
  • 5.0 inch touch sensitive multi-function display screen(s) Instrument panel 1 and 12.7
  • 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, driver monitor and visual/acoustic warning
  • Anti-theft protection with interior monitoring
  • Cruise control
  • Particle filter system
  • Ventilation system with air filter combustion
  • 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 56.5
Extra Urban MPG 61.4
Urban Cold MPG 49.6
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) 132
Engine Euro Status 6
Seats 5
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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