Caddy Maxi Camper (Life)

(2 customer reviews)

The VW Caddy Maxi Life is one of the biggest MPVs out there and probably the best small camper van option out there. If boot size is your primary criteria – you can’t go wrong with a Caddy. The car drives good too. Where it lacks a bit is comfort – it takes after its van origins and offers a more basic interior. But it makes up for it in storage – it really has a lot of compartments all over the place. It’s not the best car to take off the road completely – but you can take it down a good enough mud road without any big problems. A very good car camping / microcamping conversion candidate, unless you are planning to drive through forests and very much offroad – or you prefer a higher class interior comfort. 

In the UK, the Caddy Maxi Life is registered as a car (not a van), so can go at a higher speed limit than the equivalent van. 

NimbleCamper rating: 3.8/5


Key information

Body type


Boot height (cm)


Boot length (cm)


Boot width [wheel arches] (cm)


Comfort rating


Consumption l/100km


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Consumption MPG (US)


NimbleCamper rating (out of max 5)

Average used price, GBP (2015)


Engine type

Boot door type

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TLDR – Conclusion

If I was to buy a car for camping, it would definitely be a VW Caddy Maxi Life. It’s good enough in terms of comfort but it wins big time in terms of boot space it offers. And most camping boxes you can find are made to fit the Caddy.

Standard reviews (not focused on camping): rating 3/5 • rating: 2/5* • rating: 3.8/5
Average rating: 2.9/5
*(might be a fluke, as it scored above 3 in all areas, yet they gave it 2/5 in total – see and decide for yourself)


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VW Caddy Maxi Life is one of the top cars in our cars for camping database.

VW Caddy Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, the spacious boot can easily accommodate a bed, mattress or camping box, with plenty of storage room to spare. It has one of the tallest boots out there, so you can have a higher bed (camping box) with plenty of underneath storage and still enough headroom for sitting on the bed.

With plenty of interior and exterior storage options, fitting in all your equipment won’t be an issue. The Maxi version is extra long so you can have a bed and still have room around the middle seat for storage, not to mention plenty of storage under the bed or in the built-in shelves (varies by model and year).

As it’s based on a van, the older models (pre-2015) feel like that – they aren’t as comfortable as an MPV like the Sharan for example. Newer models offer more comfort and are quieter to drive on motorways. Nevertheless, it’s still a good car to take on a long road trip – it offers good consumption and plenty of room that make it an ideal car for camping.

The Volkswagen Caddy Maxi is generally considered to be a reliable car. Many owners appreciate the reliable and efficient engines offered by the Caddy Maxi. The diesel engine options, in particular, are known for their strong performance and fuel economy. Users often report smooth acceleration and good power delivery. Some users have reported occasional electrical issues, such as problems with the central locking system, malfunctioning sensors, or intermittent faults with the dashboard display. However, these instances are generally considered minor and not widespread. Users appreciate the spaciousness and practicality of the Caddy Maxi’s interior, particularly for cargo or family use. The seats are generally comfortable, and the cabin is well-designed with user-friendly controls. However, some users have noted that certain interior materials may show signs of wear over time.

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2 reviews for Caddy Maxi Camper (Life)

  1. Lukas

    NimbleCamper rating: 3.8/5 – One of the biggest MPVs you can find, with good storage options, average comfort rating and ok consumption. An all-rounder!

  2. Danno

    With 7ft (2.1m) + from drivers seat to back door, there’s loads of space in the Caddy Maxi, with enough height to keep the 2nd row of seats too, it’s useable in the week, and ready for a weekend away. Being the people carrier version of the caddy maxi van, you’ve also got storage options all over the place. Several cargo nets, cup holders. Pockets in the doors etc that you wouldn’t get in the van version. Mine is a tailgate version, so natural protection while I’m cooking I’m the back. To top it off, in the UK, they’re registered as cars, so can go at a higher speed limit than the equivalent van.
    My kit is always in the back, cool drinks or even ice pops in the summer, with added power from the 100w solar on the roof.

    • Lukas

      Thanks Danno, sounds like the Caddy Maxi is the perfect caper 🙂 I’ll use some of your text in the description as it will be useful for others.

    • Lukas

      Presumably, the taxi is lower too as it’s not registered as a van?

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  • Average used price, GBP (2015) – I use‘s price aggregates from 2015 (or the nearest possible year if not available), or, if not found, from For new cars, I specify the closest possible match (i.e. if released this year, it’s the new price, if released two years ago, it’s the 2-years old price etc). It’s here to give you a benchmark comparison (- a like for like, an apple with an apple) of the value of each car and for filtering purposes. It’s not meant to be used as an accurate estimate of used car value – it is updated once a year, so make sure you know what the car should cost at the time of purchase if you decide to buy one.
  • Boot dimensions – taken from various sources across the web, starting with official, supplemented with other reliable websites (like, supplemented by user-generated content – images of measurements from forums or social networks. It’s also used for filtering, comparison and to give you a good idea of the car’s suitability for camping.
  • Comfort rating – a benchmark used to simplify the car’s comfort & driving score based on equipment, furnishings, handling, safety, and costs ratings from external sources like,, etc. It gives you an indication of whether the car will drive and feel like a van (low rating) or offer better interior & handling (higher rating). A simple van-like car, for example, a Renault Kangoo is 0.5, a well equipped and comfortable car like a Ford S-Max is a 2. No hard math behind it, just an indicator, f.e. 0.5= basic car that does the job, 1.5 = hey, that’s nice to have!, 2 = oooh, comfyyyy.
  • Consumption – I take the average 2017 consumption or closest match from, or if none is available, from other sources like If there are not enough cars for a single year, an average for several years is calculated.
  • NimbleCamper rating – a weighted score of boot length (45% weight), boot height (40%), consumption (10%) and comfort (5%). The logic of weighing length & height higher than consumption and comfort is – headroom is important when you sleep in the back of the car, so is the length. A comfy ride is a factor, but you can sleep in a big car that’s not that comfy, however, it’s much harder to camp/sleep in a comfy car that’s too small. Read more about the NimbleCamper rating and criteria here.
    • a note for EVs (electric vehicles) – for consumption, I am using the Fuel Equivalent Consumption estimate by It is usually much lower than combustion engines, giving EVs an advantage – which I think is fair. They do have a small disadvantage in terms of having to plan your trips around charging stations + longer waiting time, but that will get better over time. More charging stations, faster chargers and better batteries. Therefore I am not adjusting the calculation for EVs in any way.
    • In short: a litre of petrol contains about 8.9 kWh of energy. If we divide the energy consumption of an EV by this (f.e. 16 kWh/100 km divided by 8.9 kWh/litre), we get equivalent fuel consumption of 1.8 l/100 km.
  • EV stats – taken from

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