If you remember the Eighties and know your commercial vehicles, there's a chance that you might recall the first Volkswagen Caddy, a pick-up version of the brand's Mk1 Golf. Unfortunately for the Wolfsburg brand, pick-ups were not quite as popular then, leading to the European model's demise in the early Nineties. Seeing a hole in the range, Volkswagen brought back the Caddy name in 1996 with a little panel van spun off the platform used for their Polo supermini and SEAT's Ibiza. More specifically, it was an Ibiza from the front doors forwards, with a big metal box on the back.
Volkswagen's next attempt at a Caddy though, in 2004, was a lot more thorough, with a purpose-built van spun off the Mk5 Golf platform. This gave the new model much more cargo space, more cohesive styling and much better road manners. It also gave van buyers something rivals couldn't offer - a much more premium feel to the cabin. In 2007, a long wheelbase Maxi variant was added to the range to sell alongside the standard panel van. This variant was 470mm longer, so load capacity was greatly increased, while passenger Caddy Maxi models could now carry up to seven.
The '4MOTION' all wheel drive system became an option in 2008, while at the end of 2010, Volkswagen unveiled a heavily facelifted Caddy as rival manufacturers cottoned on to the brand's winning formula. Outside the styling was sharpened up with a far more imposing front end comprising of much larger upswept headlights, wider grille and simpler front bumper.