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Rakish new crossover, which shares a platform with the Polo and T-Cross, will go on sale in UK this year
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28 July 2021

Volkswagen's first European-market SUV-coupé is the Taigo, a rakish-roofed crossover that's closely related to the Polo and the T-Cross

The Taigo has been on sale for a year already as the Nivus in South America, and it arrives on our shores largely unchanged, save for a series of tweaks aimed at bringing it into line with the brand's line-up here.

European-market models will be built at Pamplona in Spain, alongside its MQB-A0 platform-sharing siblings. 

At 4266mm long, 1494mm tall and 1757mm wide, the Taigo is comparable in size to the big-selling Nissan Juke, while its 2566mm wheelbase almost exactly matches that of the Polo and T-Cross.

With a seats-up boot capacity of 438 litres, luggage space is barely diminished compared with the straighter-backed T-Cross. 

The Taigo is positioned as a "trendy crossover" with a "powerful, sporty appearance". Key differentiators over the T-Cross include a roofline that slopes down towards a subtle spoiler at the rear, a new look front end with standard-fit LED headlights, contrasting wheel-arch trim and an extended rear overhang. 

Inside, the Taigo bears a strong resemblance to the T-Cross and recently updated Polo. Standard kit includes a multifunction steering wheel, a central touchscreen with Volkswagen's latest 'MIB3' infotainment software and an all-digital gauge cluster.

Touch-sensitive climate controls – as fitted to the Golf, Tiguan and ID 3 – are an option, as is the IQ.Drive package, which brings a raft of driver aids, including predictive cruise control and lane-keeping assistance, in addition to those fitted as standard. 

The Taigo is exclusively front-driven and petrol-powered. Two engines are available from launch: a turbocharged three-pot producing either 94bhp or 109bhp and a four-cylinder that makes 148bhp.

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Depending on the engine specified, the Taigo comes with a five-speed or six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic (DSG).

Volkswagen has yet to reveal pricing for the Taigo but has confirmed that it will arrive in the UK in high-specification Style and R-Line trims.

A slight premium over the T-Cross can be expected for an entry price of around £25,000.

Volkswagen will begin accepting orders in the final quarter of 2021, before customer deliveries commence in early 2022. 


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si73 29 July 2021
From the side, the shape/profile is quite fastback hatchback eaq, like a civic or i30 fastback, now if it was only normal hatchback height it could actually be a reasonably nice, slightly more spacious polo alternative. As it is ,it's just another fake SUV/crossover piece of tat.
catnip 29 July 2021

@Mikey C. I often ask the same question, but no doubt the answer is because they can easily charge more money for them. Mention anything relating to SUV and so many of todays consumers go all moist and dig their hands deeper in their pockets to happily fund  the monthly payments

Harry P 29 July 2021

Uninspiring design, uninspiring name. I would have thought VW would have copied sister brand Audi, who use Coupe for any of their SUV’s with a sloping tailgate. At least T Cross Coupe would have been more exciting than Taigo, which sound like some sort of tainted rice pudding