- The democratization of the SUV coupe
- Coming to dealerships in December: The VW Taigo.
- Constructed from familiar ingredients
- Cockpit with digital instruments.
- VW Taigo.
The democratization of the SUV coupe
SUV coupes have long been at home in the higher price range, now the VW Taigo is coming and bringing the concept into affordable spheres.
Coming to dealerships in December: The VW Taigo.
Constructed from familiar ingredients
As usual with VW, there are no big surprises in the technology under the sheet metal. The Taigo also uses the Group’s modular system. Only petrol engines are used under the hood. In the lower price range, diesel can hardly be realized profitably due to the low demand and the complex and therefore expensive exhaust gas cleaning – and there is no budget for a complex electrified drive either. So VW relies on the tried and tested: The 1.0-liter three-cylinder with turbocharging is available with 95 or 110 hp, with the weaker version always being switched via a manual five-speed gearbox. In the 110 hp version, you can choose between a 6-speed manual transmission and a seven-speed DSG automatic transmission.
This is always installed in connection with the most powerful engine. The top variant gets the well-known four-cylinder with 1.5 liters displacement and 150 hp. This makes the car, which weighs just under 1.3 tons, absolutely sufficiently motorized. The engine pleases with good running smoothness, only when starting a slight delay is occasionally noticeable, but this is more due to the double clutch transmission, which does its job pleasantly unobtrusively while driving.
Cockpit with digital instruments.
Inside, the Taigo feels very familiar despite being a new model. Well-known ingredients are also used here. The clearly designed speedometer display with a 10.25-inch screen diagonal costs extra, and there is an eight-inch version as standard. The larger touchscreen infotainment system with a 9.2-inch monitor is also an extra for a surcharge. The fact that this is not the latest generation of technology from the group’s modular system does not necessarily have to be seen as a disadvantage. Because while the newer variant, such as that used in the current VW Golf, still has to struggle with software difficulties, the predecessor in the Taigo also appears to be mature, well thought-out and easy to use. The smartphone can also be integrated via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, so that all the required functions can be installed in the car easily and up-to-date.
The rearward sloping roof line is of course somewhat noticeable when it comes to the available space – especially when entering the second row. However, the space is more than sufficient for a car of this size – and that also applies to the trunk. As long as you don’t transport large, bulky objects, you don’t have to accept any major disadvantages due to the body shape. Last but not least, this also applies to the price: from 26,700 francs.
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