Anyone who needs a simple, practical and affordable car is sure to consider Dacia. It is no wonder that Lodgy ranks high among the seven-seater sold with state support, but the HUF 2.5 million discount has also brought more expensive rivals closer to large families. The brand new Volkswagen Caddy targets the same customer base, we were wondering if the seven-seater Life design could bid on the Lodgy in exchange for a substantial premium?
In this category, customers do not decide on the basis of their appearance, but if they spend millions of forints, it does not matter how the new family member will look. In the case of the Lodgy, the off-road accessories in the Stepway design thoroughly enhance the overall picture, with the plastic insert enhancing even the less showy rear view. The alloy wheels with the “15th Celebration” equipment are spectacular, but the Ferrite-blue metallic paint is also worth the surcharge of HUF 145,000. The Dacia has nothing to be ashamed of, with the exception of the now-rare tip handles and the slightly difficult-to-handle trunk lock used as a push button, it doesn’t stay below the Caddy, originally designed for a commercial vehicle.
Volkswagen does not differentiate itself with its attractive lines, but with its sleek design, and its exterior style may seem almost too simple due to the lights that follow the ID.3 style. This is offset by the patterned insert on the front bumper and the taillight that blends in with the rear window for a special look, but both cars were clearly born with practicality. When choosing the Caddy, it is also important to choose the color, the blue metallic paint of the test car Costa Asul is for a family car, it costs 344,170 HUF. Not from Dacia, but from Volkswagen, the knocking plastic interior is unusual. Although the Caddy’s dashboard used to be a truck, the new generation didn’t even strive to use quality materials, making a draw between a German and a French-born car. The latter has a more cheerful vibe because the Stepway decorations were complemented by upholstery for the 15th anniversary model.
The relationship between external and internal dimensions is not always legal, but the extra height of the Caddy – clearly visible – is clearly visible in the size of the headroom, which has a good effect on stackability and maximum cargo space size. The Dacia doesn’t perform well in this either, but the Caddy’s cabin is more airy, thanks to the large glass roof. Unfortunately, it can’t be opened or shaded either, so it’s especially beneficial in the cooler months, but for Dacia, no such item is available at all. For the top model Lodgy tested, the seat heating (HUF 50,000), the rear parking aid with reversing camera (HUF 50,000), the standard-sized spare wheel (HUF 50,000) and the expanded map of Eastern Europe (HUF 30,000) are optional extras, but since key elements are in it, we should have no reason to complain. More than any gadget, the two removable rear seats are almost full, their size and space large enough to accommodate adults in the third row, while the center row that slides on the rail stays in a comfortable setting for even taller ones. Folding down the back of the rear seat is no problem. Unfortunately, the Caddy’s third row of seats isn’t that easy to approach, and the removable seats are also more sized for kids, though a orders of magnitude more comfortable than the Lodgy in terms of brand-specific ergonomics. The French have made sure that the air thirst of the rearmost occupants is dampened by at least one tilt-out window, and thanks to the longer passenger compartment, there is more space left in the Dacia’s boot even with two seats folded up.
Drive chain, driveability
In terms of character, the Dacia’s 1.33-liter petrol and VW’s 2.0-liter diesel couldn’t be any different, but both engines are sure to be among the best in their size and performance categories! Lodgy’s powerhouse has proven its worth in a number of Renault, Nissan and Mercedes, it’s vibration-free and doesn’t wither near near idle, and when we start spinning it will be quite dynamic – funny that there’s still no red field on the Lodgy tachometer! VW with its 122-horsepower version of the 2.0-liter TDI – due to the very long transmission – is not as agile as the Dacia, but gets good points with its quietness and chunky torque. That the diesel VW is consuming well was actually enveloping (5.6 liters / 100km test average), but it was much more a pleasant surprise to us that Dacia closed the test program at 6.7 liters. In a city, the difference between the two models is really minimal, and the language of the scales ticks clearly towards the German model when it comes to motoring. Part of the truth is that no matter how sympathetic the Lodgy is, the Caddy plays in another league in terms of sound insulation, transmission, chassis and steering, VW quite simply gives the impression of a finer car. Although the chassis design of the two models is the same (MacPherson struts at the front, swingarm suspension attached at the rear), the Dacia is somewhat contrasting with its relatively modest power-assisted steering and soft suspension. In comparison, the Caddy’s body tilt is minimal, but it offers no less than the Lodgy in terms of suspension comfort.
Browsing the price list of Dacia does not leave many questions for those interested. On the one hand, the price of the Stepway export of HUF 5,949,000 is a real bomb offer, and on the other hand, the extralist is not exactly long. The base version of the Stepway also provides manual air conditioning, cruise control, elbow rests and 16-inch alloy wheels at a basic price, but if someone doesn’t need a recreational car garnish, the Lodge can be taken home for as little as $ 5,499,000 – it is interesting that the 1.5 diesel is cheaper than the 1.33 petrol and that the seven-seater design is basic.
The configuration of the VW is much more intricate, for example, the 122-horse diesel can only be paired with the Life version from the outset, and the import promotions vary from version to version. A discount of HUF 1.1 million (HUF 7,747,360) comes from the price of the basic model with 75 horsemen, but we can save HUF 1.95 million (HUF 8,545,740) from the list price of the 122-horsepower version. But at the same time, the pricing of the Caddy is quite self-conscious, even though VW offers more than Dacia in addition to those items, especially in terms of safety assistants: the lane holder, the emergency brake Front Assist (with pedestrian and bicycle detection function) and the you don’t have to pay extra money for a fatigue sensor either. Nor is it incidental that VW can spend up to half a Lodgy on extras, with more than 467,360 for the third row of seats essential for state aid, 520,700 for the panoramic roof, 628,650 for the full-LED headlights, and more expensive ones. and HUF 1,122,680 is requested for navigation.
I LIKED IT
• reasonable price
• extra seats
• economical petrol engine
I DID NOT LIKE
• body tilt
• 3-star fracture test
I LIKED IT
• drive chain
I DID NOT LIKE
• material quality
• rear row ventilation
In terms of rational arguments, the Lodgy is clearly a better buy, as its weak points are more than offset by a much better purchase price, but due to its more ergonomic cabin and sophisticated technical solution, the Caddy has just enough arguments to pay the difference.
Source: Autó-Motor by www.automotor.hu.
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