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Costs and real consumption: VW Caddy 1.5 TSI Life

The VW Caddy 1.5 TSI Life costs 29,643 euros. We show what the car costs in everyday use and how much fuel it consumes.

Modest, practical, inexpensive: Anyone who buys a high-roof station wagon usually expects neither glitz nor glamor, but an automotive all-rounder. However, the VW Caddy 1.5 TSI Life is more than just a pretty commercial vehicle. Overall, the car remains true to the basic character that is typical of a panel van, but it also spoils, among other things, with an extensive multimedia offering and modern assistance systems. The basic price for the family lifestyler is 29,643 euros. We show what the Caddy costs in everyday life and how much fuel it consumes.

Our test consumption

The VW Caddy 1.5 TSI Life comes with a 114 hp 1.5 liter four-cylinder petrol engine, which consumes 6.4 liters per 100 kilometers according to the WLTP standard. In our test, the Wolfsburg car consumed 8.1 liters, which means fuel costs of 14.25 euros for this route. The Eco consumption value is significantly lower at 6.7 liters - the petrol costs here are 11.79 euros. Sports drivers chase an average of 9.5 liters through the six combustion chambers - that makes 16.72 euros. The fuel costs are calculated using the daily updated fuel price on our partner portal mehr-tanken.de (as of February 1, 2022, petrol Super E5: 1.76 euros per liter).

Monthly maintenance costs

The annual vehicle tax for the VW Caddy 1.5 TSI Life is 141 euros. According to Allianz Direct , liability insurance costs 379 euros in the same period. Partial casco insurance costs 91 euros per year, and fully comprehensive insurance is 410 euros. If you drive 15,000 kilometers a year, you have to budget for monthly costs of 287 euros. At 30,000 kilometers, the amount increases to 524 euros. Added to this is the loss of value.

How to test

The auto motor und sport test consumption consists of three differently weighted consumption runs. So-called “commuter consumption” accounts for 70 percent. This is a journey from home to work, which averages 21 kilometers. A particularly economical, approx. 275-kilometre-long eco-lap is included in the rating with 15 percent. The remaining 15 percent is accounted for by the sports driver lap. The length is roughly the same as the eco lap, but the route includes a larger proportion of motorway and thus higher speeds on average. The calculation basis for the fuel costs is always the price information of the portal "more refueling" from the day the article was created.

The monthly maintenance costs include maintenance, wear part costs and vehicle taxes assuming an annual mileage of 15,000 and 30,000 kilometers without loss of value. The calculation is based on the test consumption, a three-year holding period, no-claims class SF12 for liability and fully comprehensive insurance with Allianz Direct, including discounts for garage parkers and the restriction to certain drivers (accident-free/15,000 km per year, resident in the postcode area 70174, not under 21, partner drivers older than 25 years).


The 1.5-liter four-cylinder petrol engine with the VW Caddy 1.5 TSI Life 114 hp costs at least 29,643 euros and consumes an average of 8.1 liters, which means fuel costs of 14.25 euros per 100 kilometers. With an annual mileage of 15,000 kilometers, the monthly maintenance costs are 287 euros. If the mileage increases to 30,000 kilometers, the sum increases to 524 euros.


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