VW Caddy PanAmericana: test, engine, price
The appearance of the Caddy is quite attractive
Including four-wheel drive, it gets really expensive
kW (HP) at 1/min
Nm at 1/min
test car tires
Exhaust gas CO2
SCR catalytic converter/AdBlue tank content
trailer load used/unused
Length Width Height
Test car price*** (is evaluated)
4500/1855 – 2100**/1833mm
So much for the theory, now the PanAmericana has to show what it’s actually capable of. And there isn’t really any added value compared to the “normal” Caddy colleagues. Of course, the technical basis remains unchanged (MQB evo), and the 4Motion all-wheel drive works accordingly as usual with a multi-plate clutch and stepless power distribution between the axles.
The off-road talent is limited
The not exactly lavish 122 hp tug at the front wheels first, only when there is a risk of loss of traction are the rear wheels asked to help. This works quickly and unobtrusively, but keeps the off-road talent within narrow limits. The still meager 14.5 centimeters of ground clearance do not exactly tempt you to shorten the way home cross-country.
Consumption stays within limits
Weight distribution v./h.
Turning circle left/right
from 100 km/h cold
from 100 km/h warm
at 50 km/h
at 130 km/h
Average of the 155 km test lap (deviation from the WLTP specification)
CO2 (test consumption)
Range (test consumption)
Transport tasks are no problem
It doesn’t matter, the emphasis is on transport with this VW anyway. A robust rigid axle is still used at the rear, but with coil springs instead of leaf springs. So the Caddy tolerates a load of 550 kilograms, but sometimes does not bounce very elegantly over nasty frost heaves. Not always nice, especially in the second row, the youngsters are whining here not only because of the supposedly long journey. But the rear seats can be removed, then fit up to 2556 liters of luggage in the car.