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by George Skentzos

The Caddy Maxi Life is Volkswagen’s contribution to the Australian people mover category, carrying up to seven adults and their luggage in perfect comfort.


A blend of form and function, VW boasts its Caddy Maxi Life sets new standards for cleverly utilising space.

With a total length of 4.88 metres, a width of 1.8 metres, and a height of 1.8 metres, it features large sliding doors on both sides for easy entry and exit.

 2008 Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Life

A frugal bench seat in the second row comfortably seats three people with ample leg room, and can also be folded down in three stages to accommodate any kind of load.

With the third row tucked away, the Caddy Maxi Life can carry up to 1,650 litres of luggage, while in its full seven seat arrangement; this is decreased to 530 litres.

2008 Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Life2008 Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Life

Various pockets, compartments, cup holders and cargo nets are scattered throughout the cabin, ensuring there is a place for everything and everyone.

With the potential for up to seven people on board all at once, safety is paramount, with the Caddy featuring ABS, traction control, EBD and ASR (anti-spin regulation) all as standard.

 2008 Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Life

ESP (electronic stability programme) with Brake Assist is also available as an optional extra.

Creature comforts include electric front windows, central locking, semi-automatic air conditioning, a dust and pollen filter, two vents on the centre console, and the radio with CD/MP3 and six speakers.

2008 Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Life

The Caddy Maxi Life features just one engine in its line-up – a 1.9 TDI unit delivering 77kW and 250Nm from 1900rpm, with a choice of either a 5-speed manual or 6-speed DSG transmission.

The 1.9 litre TDI meets the stringent euro IV emissions standard whilst maintaining a fuel consumption of 6.3 litres/100km with the 5-speed manual and 6.8 litres/100km with the 6-speed DSG.


1.9 litre TDI manual $34,990
1.9 litre TDI DSG $37,990