Volkswagen Taigo review

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Perception

What is?

Volkswagen’s latest coupe-crossover. The Taigo joins a wide range of VW SUVs for sale in the UK, which we’ll now attempt to list (at the time of writing, there will no doubt be a new one by the time you read this). So take a deep breath. It currently sells the T-Cross, T-Roc, T-Roc Cabriolet, Tiguan, Tiguan Allspace, Touareg, ID.4 and now ID.5. Caramba.

It is based on the MQB A0 platform which also underpins the Polo and T-Cross. Technically, it’s not a new car either, as it shares a lot with the Volkswagen Nivus sold in South America. To become a Taigo, it receives some styling changes inside and out, as well as a new R-Line trim level.

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WHERE DOES IT FIT IN THE RANGE?

When it was unveiled, the general consensus was that the Taigo would become the new entry-level VW SUV on our shores. However, Volkswagen knows that the ‘coupe’ body style means it can charge extra for a bit more ‘style’. Prices start at just over £23,000, around £1,000 more than the smaller T-Cross and around £2,5,000 less than the larger T-Roc. Head to the purchase tab for more information.

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WHAT IS YOUR SIZE?

We wouldn’t normally list random dimensions in a review, but given the slightly confusing nature of the UK cross-market (an understatement if there ever was one), we hope this provides some context. The Polo’s standard hatch is 4,053mm long, 1,461mm high and 1,751mm wide without the wing mirrors. The Taigo measures 4,266mm long, 1,494mm tall and 1,757mm wide. Remarkably similar, right?

The Taigo does have a bigger boot though, with 351 liters rising to 440 litres, that’s 15 liters less than the T-Cross and five liters less than the T-Roc, while still being on par with rivals. such as the Ford Puma, Nissan Juke and Renault Captur – all the details can be found in the interior tab.

Its selling point, however, is really its coupe-esque image, and you’ve probably already made up your mind about the look. It’s not the flashy thing in the business and the brash full-width taillight bar divides opinion. Still, it’s less polarizing than something like an easily forgettable Ford Puma. Higher trim levels get thick black plastic cladding along the sills and silver roof rails for a slightly more “lifestyle” look, if that’s your thing.

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WHAT POWER TRAIN CAN I GET?

The Taigo only runs on petrol, and your options are a 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine with 94 or 108 hp, plus a 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 148 hp. It may have manual or automatic gearboxes, but front-wheel drive is standard and VW has already ruled out a GTI or R performance variant.

We’ve tested the 94-hp and 108-hp engines so far, and found neither particularly refined. Progress was particularly pedestrian with the less powerful engine, which was comfortable enough around town but felt out of its comfort zone at higher speeds. Don’t look under the most powerful engine, we’d wager.

Still, the ride was pretty smooth, especially on the entry-level 16-inch alloys, soaking up bumps and potholes with ease. It also handled turns surprisingly well, staying level and composed. All the details in the driving file.

HOW CAN I REALLY SAY THE NAME?

Great question, and one that still applies when talking about the Touareg nearly two decades after its launch. Taigo is pronounced tie-go.

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Our choice of the range.

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1.0 TSI 110 life 4 doors
£22,535

What’s the verdict?

VW’s coupe-crossover contender will win over fans for its sportier looks, but otherwise it’s easy to forget.

People seem to be obsessed with coupes these days, so no one will be surprised that Volkswagen has tried to jump on the bandwagon with the Taigo. But the engineering of the badges seems a bit obvious and makes the Taigo look like a half-hearted effort. Frankly, we would expect better.

VW hopes it will sell for its looks, but there are other flashy options, while the interior also looks a bit cheap and uninspired. And while the driving experience is familiar to anyone coming from a T-Cross or Polo, it’s not on the same level as something like the Ford Puma. We know where we prefer to spend our money.

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