Volkswagen Caddy TSI220 petrol now available in Australia


Volkswagen has expanded its just-launched Caddy range with a petrol engine option, badged TSI220.

Volkswagen Australia has quietly introduced a petrol version of its all-new Caddy 5 van and people mover range, badged as the 2022 Volkswagen Caddy TSI220.

When details of the new-generation Caddy Cargo, People Mover and California ranges were announced earlier this year, only TDI280 and TDI320 diesel variants were announced – with earlier confirmation from Volkswagen Australia simply that petrol power would arrive “later in 2021”.

That petrol engine option – badged TSI220 – is now available to order, ahead of its Australian showroom arrival within the coming months.

Available across all body styles, wheelbases and variants (including the California campervan), the new petrol engine comes in $2000 cheaper than an equivalent diesel model with the same transmission – though this is largely a result of significant price hikes for said diesel models, of up to $2700 (detailed here).

Powering the TSI220 is a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol four-cylinder developing 84kW and 220Nm, paired to a six-speed manual as standard in Caddy Cargo and Cargo Maxi models, or a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmissions as an option in these variants, or standard in the Crewvan, and base and Life People Mover models.

Volkswagen Caddy diesel pictured throughout.

Combined fuel economy is rated at 6.4 litres per 100 kilometres with the manual, or 6.2L/100km with the dual-clutch automatic – compared to 4.9L/100km across all diesel Cargo and Crewvan variants. The TSI220 requires 95 RON unleaded fuel as a minimum.

Towing capacity takes a slight hit in manual TSI220 van models, rated at 1400kg – though TSI220 DSG variants retain the diesel van range’s 1500kg claim.

Petrol payloads are largely on par with equivalent diesel models, with some TSI220 variants up on TDI280 and TDI320 diesels, and others down. Gross vehicle mass ratings in petrol Cargo and Crewvan vehicles are down by between 50kg and 100kg, compared to diesel models.

The 2022 Volkswagen Caddy TSI220 is on sale now, with standard equipment levels across all variants identical to equivalent diesel variants.

A full price list is included below – effective from 1 January 2022, when price rises of $2000 to $2700 come into effect for diesel variants. TSI220 prices will be unaffected by the diesel increases.

2022 Volkswagen Caddy Australian pricing (effective 1 January 2022)

  • Caddy Cargo TSI220 manual – $34,990
  • Caddy Cargo TSI220 auto – $37,990
  • Caddy Cargo TDI280 manual – $36,990
  • Caddy Cargo TDI320 auto – $39,990
  • Caddy Cargo Maxi TSI220 manual – $36,990
  • Caddy Cargo Maxi TSI220 auto – $39,990
  • Caddy Cargo Maxi TDI280 manual – $38,990
  • Caddy Cargo Maxi TDI320 auto – $41,990
  • Caddy Crewvan TSI220 auto – $43,990
  • Caddy Crewvan TDI320 auto –$45,990
  • Caddy Maxi TSI220 auto – $46,140
  • Caddy Maxi TDI320 auto – $48,140
  • Caddy Life Maxi TSI220 auto – $50,640
  • Caddy Life Maxi TDI320 auto – $52,640
  • Caddy California TSI220 auto – $55,690
  • Caddy California TDI320 auto – $57,690

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he started his own website, Redline. He contributed for Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019, becoming a regular contributing journalist within the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from flicking through car magazines as a young age, to growing up around performance vehicles in a car-loving family.

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