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by Matt Campbell

The 2017 Volkswagen Caddy range has been bolstered by the addition of three new diesel variants, and the return of the budget-friendly Caddy Runner model.

The new variants join the best-selling Volkswagen Caddy small van range, which until recently had been a petrol only offering in its current generation.

There are three diesel versions are all powered by a 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder engine with 75kW of power (at 4000rpm) and 250Nm of torque (from 1300-2800rpm), and the derivatives bear the TDI250 moniker as a result. All diesel Caddy models are fitted with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, with propulsion via the front wheels.

The three versions include the short-wheelbase two-seat model, the long-wheelbase two-seat Maxi, and the five-seat Maxi Crew van. Fuel consumption for all three versions is claimed at 5.3 litres per 100 kilometres.

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The diesel models all attract a premium over their equivalent petrol models: the most affordable model is $31,590 (all prices plus on-road costs), while the Maxi van is $33,790 and the Maxi Crew costs $35,790.

At the other end of the scale is the Caddy Runner, which uses a downsized 1.2-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine with 62kW of power (at 4800rpm) and 160Nm of torque (from 1500-3500rpm), and as such it bears the TSI160 nameplate. It is only available with a five-speed manual gearbox, and is front-drive.

The list pricing for it is $24,990 drive-away, and it’s expected to be a promotional model that could disappear after the end of financial year.

The remaining petrol TSI220 Caddy and Caddy Maxi van models, with the 1.4-litre petrol engine and six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch auto gearbox options remain. In late 2016, Volkswagen added standard collision avoidance safety kit to the Caddy range, giving it class-leading tech.

2017 Volkswagen Caddy van range pricing (plus on-road costs):

Petrol:

Short-wheelbase:

TSI160 SWB Runner manual – $24,990
TSI220 SWB auto – $29,290

Long-wheelbase:

TSI220 LWB Maxi manual – $28,590
TSI220 LWB Maxi auto – $31,590

Crew van:

TSI220 LWB Maxi Crew manual – $30,090
TSI220 LWB Maxi Crew auto – $33,090

Diesel: 

Short-wheelbase:

TDI250 SWB auto – $31,590

Long-wheelbase:

TDI250 LWB auto – $33,790

Crew van: 

TDI250 LWB auto – $35,790

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