Volkswagen unveils the Taigo small coupe SUV
Volkswagen's sixth European SUV
Volkswagen today unveiled the small Taigo, a coupé SUV that will soon join the German manufacturer's European range, which already includes five SUVs. If the Taigo seems to be completely new in Europe, it was in fact revealed a year ago for the South American market under the name of Nivus.
The Taigo has very few differences from the Nivus and retains a particularly dynamic design that uses taut lines mixed with a cocktail of sharp edges. The front end features a front grille with a light strip connecting the Matrix LED IQ. Light lamps. Its ends are generously flared on R Line versions.
The profile features a gently sloping roofline typical of coupé SUVs. The wheel arches are covered in raw plastic and the wheels range from 16 to 18 inches. The rear end features a small spoiler with a large black light strip reminiscent of the Audi Q8.
Visually, the Taigo is much smaller than it looks, as it is based on the MQB A0 platform used by the Volkswagen Polo and T-Cross. With a length of only 4.26 m, a width of 1.76 m and a height of 1.49 m, the Taigo is clearly a B-segment city SUV.
The wheelbase is 2.57 m, which means that the interior is quite spacious. The boot is 438 litres. The interior is based on the facelifted Polo's dashboard with a digital instrument cluster and an infotainment system ranging from 6.5 inches for the Composition to 9.2 inches for the Discover Pro.
All infotainment models support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. In addition, there are the We Connect and We Connect Plus connected services. In terms of technology, the Taigo is equipped with the latest features such as adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist and driver drowsiness detection.
On the technical side, the Taigo does not include electrification and uses all the petrol engines of the Polo. The entry-level powertrain is the 1.0 TSI 95 with a 5-speed manual gearbox. Above this is the 1.0 TSI 110 with a 6-speed manual or the DSG7 automatic gearbox.
At the top of the range is the 1.5 TSI 150, which is paired with the DSG7 transmission as standard. The Volkswagen Taigo will be produced in Pamplona, Spain and is expected to be priced between the T-Cross and the T-Roc.