The new Volkswagen Cross Caddy cuts an imposing figure in the metallic green tint.
The black underride protection and body panels give the vehicle a robust appearance and a hint of adventure.
"Our tester Mathis Kurrat says the Caddy and the Cross Caddy are both utility vehicles, but many young families opt to buy one because they're incredibly practical, with rear sliding doors and immense storage space. Mathis says if you ignore the plastic on the dashboard, which looks like a typical utility vehicle, the Cross Caddy runs like any premium passenger car."
We're testing the Cross Caddy with a two-litre diesel engine and four-wheel drive. In Germany, the basic model of this version costs at least thirty-three thousand five hundred euros. Extras can take that up to over forty thousand. Our Cross Caddy has a hill-start assist function.
"Mathis say the Cross Caddy has an advantage over the other Volkswagen Cross models. Because it doesn't just look like an off-roader, it has four-wheel drive too."
That means it's fit for all kinds of use, whether by workmen or families.
As is typical for a Caddy, the trunk is huge.
And it has the usual high ride height.
That ground clearance means the Cross Caddy has an easy ride even on unpaved roads. But it's also a benefit on paved ones, as it gives the driver a better overview in traffic.
The cockpit is clear and functional, like on other models.
The green exterior spills over to the inside, although buyers have a choice between green and grey. We think this combination has more kick to it.
There are more storage spaces all over the car too.
The Caddy was designed as a utility vehicle, but became popular among families. Now Volkswagen is taking aim at that market. So does the Cross give buyers something extra?
"Mathis says that at forty thousand euros, the Cross Caddy we're driving isn't cheap. But for that you get a vehicle with loads of room, that's well made and will hold its value."