Volkswagen Taigo test drive | Auto-Express


If you’re looking for a reasonably practical compact SUV, but also want something that reflects your smart and sophisticated side, then the Volkswagen Taigo might be for you. Based on the more upright T-Cross model, the Taigo offers smoother lines and a lowered stance, but still offers enough space and flexibility to appeal to family buyers.

It’s not particularly fun to drive, although it’s certainly pleasing to the eye and that, combined with the typical VW characteristics of decent build quality, good levels of standard equipment and a reasonable efficiency, means it will prove to be a compelling package for some.

About Volkswagen Taigo

Coupe-SUVs have often been criticized for being the epitome of how to make something less fit for purpose, but also more expensive to buy than the standard model they’re based on.

High-end manufacturers like Audi, BMW and Mercedes have applied this strategy to a series of their models and achieved decent commercial success. Why? Well, fashion’s finicky finger has a lot to answer for. Not satisfied with your Audi Q5? Try the Q5 Sportback – it will change your life.

Upgrading your SUV to a version with a sloping roofline often means losing passenger space, trunk capacity and general practicality, but the sleek Volkswagen Taigo manages to more than counter that. tendency.

Offering more appeal than the strong and responsive T-Cross, with which it shares its mechanical composition, the Taigo doesn’t give up too much day-to-day usability. Yes, it’s more expensive to buy, although you won’t feel like you’re being harmed like you might with some other models. It’s also 150mm longer than the T-Cross, so there’s plenty of room in the cabin, while boot capacity remains quite generous.

Volkswagen has chosen to keep power fairly moderate for the Taigo. A 1.0-liter three-cylinder TSI petrol engine is available with 94 hp or 108 hp, while a 1.5-liter TSI unit offers 148 hp. The entry model comes paired with a five-speed manual gearbox only, with the 108hp version (which is our recommended choice) using a six-speed manual, or the option of a seven-speed DSG automatic transmission. speeds. The top-of-the-range 148 hp variant comes with automatic DSG as standard.

The range of trim levels is just as easy to follow: Life, Style and R-Line. Although the standard kit is fine, you’ll get the upgrade to the Style specification which offers extras such as larger 17-inch alloy wheels, sports seats, integrated sat nav and the instrument display 10.25 inch Digital Cockpit Pro from VW.

Starting at around £23,000 the Taigo is significantly cheaper than other stylish rivals such as the Toyota C-HR and Renault Arkana, although the capable Kia XCeed is similarly priced with the fun Ford Puma at conduct.

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