Although the weather outside may not have you reaching for the map and planning your first camping trip of the year, Volkswagen’s preparing for the summer ahead, expanding its range of camping and lifestyle vehicles with the launch of the new Caddy Maxi Camper. This compact and affordable five-seater, with a fold-out double bed, two deck chairs, portable table, electric cool box and awning as standard is surely the perfect antidote to the inclement spring.
In the tradition of Volkswagen campers, the Caddy Maxi Camper is extremely practical and ideal for using every day, or as a basecamp for outdoor hobbies and camping holidays. Measuring 4.8 metres long and 1.8 metres high, with on the road prices starting from £23,397, it’s the most compact and affordable model in Volkswagen’s camper range, which also includes the California Beach and SE models, and the Caravelle (with ‘sleep pack’).
Inside the Caddy, once the rear seats are folded down, and the front seats tipped forward, the double bed simply unfolds to give a flat double bed measuring 1.1 x 2.0 m, complete with a privacy curtain which attaches around the interior windows. For extra space, the awning, measuring 2.3 m x 2.0 m, simply attaches to clips around the tailgate to provide extra outdoor living space. When travelling, the table, chairs and awning fit into bespoke storage spaces in the rear.
When not camping, the fold-out bed behind the rear seats can be removed to give a generous 1.6m3 of space for bikes or other equipment, or if the rear seats are folded forward, there is up to 3.2 m3 or a 1.8 m long loadspace available. If more storage space is required, the standard roof rails mean a roof box or bike rack can be added.
Colourful ‘Takato’ upholstery, Climatic air conditioning, electric front windows, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, leather steering wheel, front fog lamps, height adjustable front seats, trip computer, and cruise control are all standard.
Two clean and frugal BlueMotion Technology common rail diesel engines are available. There is a choice of a 1.6-litre TDI with 102 PS that achieves 54.3 mpg on the combined cycle, or a 2.0-litre TDI with 140 PS delivering 49.6 mpg on the same cycle. DSG automatic transmission is available with both engines.