Volkswagen Taigo: which one to choose?

Taigo, Volkswagen’s SUV coupe, has every chance of success. Which trim to choose, which engine to choose? Auto Moto guides you.

Taigo is one of the last born fromVolkswagen family now has eight SUVs ! Similar in size to the T-Roc, which is flying like hot cakes (more than a million copies have passed since 2017), Taigo does not share the subsoil with it.

It uses the technical basis of T-Cross and therefore the Polo platform. This deprives him of access to all-wheel drive, but does not prevent him from enjoying driving pleasure. And dashboard also from Polo serves ease of use.

Pleasant to live in, perhaps colorful (as a free option), classic but simply thoughtful, this interior is conducive to well-being. Unfortunately that build quality is disappointingwine plastic of any quality.

In terms of modularity, Taigo is simple: it has no no sliding seat. Despite this, rear legroom remains very reasonable, while roof protection remains ample despite the leaky flag.

Trunk claimed 438 liters capacitybenefits from adjustable floor.

Made in SpainThe Taigo is as healthy as it is fun to drive. Its mechanics are restrained, its damping is well calibrated and its handling remains firm under all circumstances.

Volkswagen Taigo: equipment

The entry level called Life (from 23,850 euros) includes:

  • six airbags
  • emergency call system
  • sleepiness detection
  • Autonomous emergency braking with cyclist and pedestrian detection
  • active lane keeping assistance
  • isofix mounts
  • automatic headlights
  • automatic headlights and wipers
  • non-dazzling interior mirror
  • speed controller
  • bench seat 2/3-1/3
  • removable trunk sill
  • height-adjustable front seats
  • multifunction steering wheel
  • 4 USB-C ports
  • adjustable front center armrest
  • manual air conditioner
  • Bluetooth
  • Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatible 8″ touchscreen
  • six speaker radio
  • 16″ alloy wheels
  • black roof rails
  • electric folding exterior mirrors with heating

Added to this is the upper level, called the R-Line (from 30,480 euros):

  • mood lighting
  • Comfort Sport front seats with special upholstery and adjustable lumbar support.
  • Rear View Camera
  • inductive smartphone charging
  • hands-free access/launch
  • dual zone automatic climate control
  • digital equipment on panel 10”25
  • GPS
  • adaptive headlights
  • 17 inch wheels
  • R-Line logo on grille
  • special shields
  • tinted rear windows
  • Matrix projectors (that stay in “full headlights” without dazzling other users.)

The most exclusive finish called Style (from 30,740 euros).inherits the equipment of the R-Line version and is distinguished by chrome trim on the bottom of the bumper and seats in Art Velvet

Our advice: such as automatic air conditioning and hands-free access/start, superior finish, R-Line and Style remain more recommendedand it will also be easier to resell.

Volkswagen Taigo: on petrol

Only petrol engines can fit under the Taigo’s hood. And in none of them there is not the slightest trace of hybridization.

The basic version has3-cylinder 1.0 TSI turbo engine with 95 hp and 175 Nm of torque (5 hp, from 23,850 euros) with modest performance associated with a manual transmission with only five gears.

We prefer it 110 hp version (200 Nm torque)using the same 1.0 TSI (6 CV, from 24,690 euros) that offers one more speed.

With this engine, acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h takes from 11.1 to 10.4 seconds, while average consumption is reduced from 5.5 to 5.4 l / 100 km in accordance with the certification cycle. The TSI 95 and TSI 110 versions are only available with the Life finish.

For a superior finish, this TSI 110 must be equipped with automated 7-speed dual clutch transmissionwhich, however, leads to a slight decrease in performance and an increase in consumption by an average of about 0.5 l/100 km.

Volkswagen Taigo

Highly recommended for its softness, this gearbox, however, can be annoying due to its tendency to constantly move at low revs, as well as on the green light: limited by the “stop-start” system, which takes too long to restart, it regularly causes jerks on startup. up .

With it, priced from 26,420 euros, Taigo also inherits the fine. minimum €170.

The only version with a four-cylinder engine, Taigo 1.5 TSI (8 CV, from 32,100 euros) develops 150 hp. and systematically adopts the DSG7 box.

Its CO2 emissions are subject to a fine of 260 euros. This engine remains just as sober, vastly improved performance, and runs smoother than the TSI 110.

Our advice:The TSI 150 justifies its reasonable additional cost (+ 1620 euros for identical equipment) with higher performance. However, the pleasant TSI 110 should get the bulk of the sales, especially with a DSG gearbox that gives access to superior finishes.

Volkswagen Taigo: a choice?

The cost of a spare wheel is 115 €. optional. Metallic or pearlescent paint costs 600 euros. Also available are a detachable towbar (€755), a panoramic sunroof (€900) and heated front seats (€365).

The Driving Assistance Package (semi-autonomous parking, proactive occupant protection and blind spot monitoring) costs €920 on Life and €600 on other trims. 9 inch touch screen GPS it is also possible to integrate the dashboard for an additional 600 euros.

Volkswagen Taigo

Volkswagen Taigo in numbers

  • 3: After the T-Roc and T-Cross, the Taigo is the third Volkswagen SUV to use the urban format. It is the first of them to offer a coupe SUV profile with a holey roof.
  • 4266: in millimeters this is Taigo overall length, or 3 cm more than the T-Roc, which, however, is based on the technical base of the Golf. Taigo and T-Cross use the Polo MQB-A0 platform.
  • 4: In addition to the Life, R-Line and Style versions, Taigo is available in fourth finish called Life Business. It is intended for professionals only, costs from 25,450 euros and does not include the 1.5 TSI engine.
  • 2: The new Volkswagen can only have two wheels, unlike the T-Roc. However, in the R-Line version, the Taigo can use the XDS differential lock (€340) to improve traction by optimizing the distribution of torque between the front wheels.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION (Volkswagen Taigo)

  • LxWxH (m): 4.27×1.76×1.52
  • Wheelbase (m): 2.55
  • Fuel tank (l): 40
  • 5/2 chest (L): 438/1222

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