My pets are my kids: VW Caddy

Why the VW Caddy is the perfect car for pet owners

Reuben Van Niekerk
Consumer advice
VW Caddy
cars for pet owners

The new advertising campaign showcases that whatever car you’re searching for, you can find it on and is centred around lifestyle choices and life moments. One of the key messages of this campaign is “My pets are my kids.” The Volkswagen Caddy is a versatile vehicle that is perfect for transporting pets in safety and comfort.

The Caddy’s low cargo loading floor, as well as sliding rear doors on both sides of the vehicle make it easy for dogs to get in and out of the vehicle, especially when parked in confined spaces. Easy access is especially important for older dogs or those with mobility issues as well as dogs that are too heavy to be easily lifted by their owner.

The Caddy boasts a generous amount of interior space, which is perfect for accommodating dogs of various sizes and allows them to lie down comfortably or move around a bit. Added versatility comes standard thanks to seats that can fold flat or even be removed to accommodate your dogs. Folding the seats away creates a useful separation between the cargo area and the passenger compartment, ensuring that your pet cannot move towards the driving end of the vehicle while you are driving.

Comfort features

The Caddy is fitted with a variety of comfort features such as an infotainment system with a touchscreen that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a multi-function steering wheel and air conditioning. The interior also includes various clever storage spaces throughout the cabin. The front overhead storage space for example is a great place to stow dog accessories such as leashes, food bowls and toys.

The indicator and control elements have been completely redesigned and the interactive interfaces for the driver and front-seat passenger are formed by the new radio and infotainment systems of which the Composition Comfort radio is smartphone compatible.

Safety features

The Caddy is equipped with a variety of safety features that make it a secure vehicle for transporting dogs including numerous airbags, ABS and stability control, all of which do their part to help prevent accidents and keep your dog safe in the event of a collision.

Easy to clean

The Caddy is finished with durable and easy to clean surfaces, making it easy to maintain a clean and hygienic environment for your furry friends. Certain models are even fitted with durable rubber flooring which is a great option for dog lovers.

Comfortable ride quality

The Caddy promises a comfortable ride that should reduce the risk of your dog experiencing motion sickness. Good ventilation throughout the vehicle and large glass areas help to prevent motion sickness. A roof vent aids climate control and facilitates faster ventilation in the rear compartment.

Under the bonnet

The new Caddy is available with two engine options including a four-cylinder petrol engine that develops 81kW and 152Nm and is coupled to a six-speed manual transmission that uses as little as 7.3 litres per 100km. This engine is fitted to the Caddy, Caddy Kombi (SWB) and Caddy Cargo (SWB) derivatives.

The diesel option comprises a 2.0 TDI that develops 81kW and 300Nm and is coupled to a six-speed manual transmission. This engine uses just 5.5 litres per 100km and is available in the Caddy, Caddy Maxi (LWB), Caddy Kombi (SWB), Caddy Maxi Kombi (LWB), Caddy Cargo (SWB) and Caddy Maxi Cargo (LWB).

Sporty design

The exterior of the new Caddy features a striking sporty design. Exterior features include new LED headlights and rear lights, painted body coloured bumpers and black roof rails.

The entry level derivatives come as a short wheelbase with five seats or as an optional seven-seater while the long wheelbase Caddy Maxi comes standard in a seven-seat configuration.


The Caddy is a great vehicle for transporting beloved pets, offering ample space, easy access, good safety features and practical features making it the perfect companion for you and your furry friend. The fifth generation was launched with a new naming convention that includes Caddy, Caddy Maxi, Caddy Kombi, Caddy Maxi Kombi, Caddy Cargo and Caddy Maxi Cargo.

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