Most Caddy models sell in the £13,500 to £19,000 bracket, excluding the dreaded VAT. To graduate from the standard bodyshape to that of this Maxi model, you're looking at a premium of just over £1,000, model-for-model. As for competitors, well check out comparable rivals like say Citroen's Berlingo, Peugeot's Partner, Fiat's Doblo Cargo, Renault's Kangoo, Nissan's NV200 or Ford's Transit Connect and you could be looking at a few hundred pounds more or less than Caddy prices but there won't be too much in it - not bad when you consider that this Volkswagen will probably be worth a little more when you come to sell it.
The most obvious Caddy bodystyle decision to make is obviously between standard or 'Maxi' shapes. There's also the option of a kombi version if your van will sometimes need to carry more than one passenger. Go for the Maxi variant and if your business emphasis is on people rather than packages, then you'll also have the option of a 7-seater window van variant, also offered with more car-like trim in 'Caddy Maxi Life' form. In both cases, both second and third seating rows can be removed to return your Caddy to its natural capaqcious state. But whatever bodyshape you choose and whichever 1.6 or 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine suits your budget, you should find that the standard equipment on offer covers most of the basics. There are three trimlevels - 'Startline', 'Trendline' and 'Highline' - but all come with remote central locking, a 12v socket in the dashboard, an anti-dazzle rear view mirror, an MP3-compatible CD stereo with aux-in socket, driver's seat height adjustment and pleasingly, a proper full-sized spare wheel come across the range.
Safety-wise, there's the option of Park Assist and a rear-view reversing camera, as well as High Beam Assist and Driver Alert systems. Customers can also specify Adaptive Cruise Control with Front Assist and City Emergency Braking. This system monitors the space to the vehicle ahead and maintains a specified speed and distance to ensure safe stopping.