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Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle Spotlight: VW Caddy

At Cartwright Mobility, our love of Ford vehicles for wheelchair conversions is well documented – and they do indeed make up most of our range.

But not all of our catalogue rolls off the Ford assembly line – so in this blog we want to shine our spotlight on another car manufacturer that makes fantastic options for wheelchair users.

Wheelchair Accessible Volkswagens

There’s something about a VW, isn’t there? Even when you’ve picked something far more modern, there’s something of the spirit of a classic, iconic VW van in mind every time you drive one.

There are a few great accessible options from VW, with one in particular taking pride of place in the Cartwright Mobility range.

Introducing the VW Caddy Maxi Life

The 2.0 diesel VW Caddy Maxi Life is a popular variant of the VW Caddy. While the mainline Caddy series is more akin to a standard van, the Maxi Life is a longer people carrier model designed with comfortably transporting a large group in mind.

This makes it ideal for a wheelchair conversion – by sacrificing a couple of seats, you can create a huge amount of room for a wheelchair user, while still having space for a driver and four other passengers.

Accessibility Options on the VW Caddy Maxi Life

As standard, the Caddy Maxi Life comes with a rear manual ramp. Thanks to the Maxi Life’s lowered floor, the ramp has a relatively short profile without being particularly steep, making access easy and convenient even in tighter spots.

At Cartwright, we also offer the option for a powered winch for storing a wheelchair. This is particularly useful for transferring larger mobility aids once the user has transferred to a car seat

And with highly adjustable passenger and driver side seats, transferring from a wheelchair to the Maxi Life is straightforward and comfortable.

You can learn a bit more about the differences between wheelchair ramps and hoists in our blog.

Other Features

With so many wheelchair accessible vehicles now available, buyers can be a bit more choosy about features, rather than settling for less.

The Caddy Maxi Life does not disappoint in this department, with cruise control, digital radio and rear parking sensors as standard, as well as options for power steering with mobility aids, and an integrated satnav.


Whether deserved or not, the VW will always have a slight stigma around reliability. We’re confident that the Caddy will go the difference for years to come, but you also get added peace of mind with a warranty and roadside assistance on all Cartwright wheelchair accessible vehicles.

What’s the Verdict?

Well, we think it’s a great wheelchair-accessible option – but don’t just take our word for it. If you’d like to book a demo to take a closer look at the accessibility features, and the car itself, just get in touch with Cartwright Mobility – click here to book a demo.

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