I don’t know if you saw the gap, but Volkswagen did. The Taigo is a crossover-coupé-SUV-type thing with a sloping back that slots into the small space between the T-Cross, which is 150mm shorter, and the T-Roc, which is 37mm longer.
It’s based on Volkswagen’s MQB platform, like the Polo and T-Cross, so is a front-wheel-drive, internally combusted small car.
Tempting though it is to call small crossovers like this niche-fillers, it’s worth remembering that more than a third of all Volkswagen’s sales are accounted for by its seven SUVs (or something approximating them; the margins meld these days).
The Taigo has 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine options. The 1.0-litre comes in 94bhp or 109bhp flavours, with a manual or, on the 109bhp car, a dual-clutch automatic (DCT) option. Our test car was the 148bhp 1.5 TSI, which comes with a dual-clutch automatic gearbox only.
The Taigo feels spacious for a small car, and the sloping roofline doesn’t overly impinge on passenger space. Behind my own driving position, I had reasonable knee room and only an inch or so spare above my head, so it can fit four adults easily, while there’s a 438-litre boot – not much less than in the upright T-Cross.
The interior’s materials are pretty good as well: harder and scratchier than in something like the Golf, even high in the cabin where you'd sometimes find softer materials at this price. But it feels well constructed, with miniscule tolerances and good fit and consistent surfacing. VW is good at this sort of thing.