The product offensive continues at Volkswagen; 24 hours after it released more information about the soon-to-be-launched ID.5, it has confirmed specification details about its all-new Taigo small SUV.
Now available to order priced from £21,960, the coupe-inspired small crossover will be sold in three trim specifications – ‘Life’, ‘Style’ and ‘R-Line’ – and draw its power from a choice of two turbo petrol engines.
The Taigo is 150 mm longer than Volkswagen’s entry-level SUV – the T-Cross – but shorter and lower than the T-Roc, positioning it neatly in-between the two vehicles.
All models come with LED headlights, an 8-inch digitised instrument cluster, wireless smartphone charging and Park Assist. Volkswagen has also confirmed customers will have scope to tailor the final look of their Taigo.
Personalisation options are made up of specific interior trims and a contrasting-coloured roof, so the ‘Visual Green Design Pack’ comprises a ‘Visual Green’ paint finish for the bodywork with matching interior trim and seat stitching.
Entry-level ‘Life’ cars get electric power-folding door mirrors, a multifunction camera, 16-inch black alloys and a dark finish for the roof rails. Driver safety systems ranging from Lane Change Assist, adaptive cruise control and Park Assist are joined by front and rear parking sensors.
It is available with a 1-litre petrol (94bhp) that is paired to a 5-speed manual, or a more powerful version (108bhp) of the same unit that sends this to the front wheels either via a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic.
Moving up to ‘Style’ – a trim that “majors on luxury and comfort”, the brand says – upgrades the car’s headlamp system to matrix LEDs that adjust automatically in cases of oncoming traffic or rural or urban driving. These models are also marked out by a full-width LED bar in the front grille and 17-inch wheels.
One of two engines can be found under its bonnet: the more powerful 1-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre turbo petrol that develops 148bhp – a line-up that is mirrored on the range-topping ‘R Line’.
One of two engines can be found under its bonnet: the 108bhp 1-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre turbo petrol that develops 148bhp – a line-up that is mirrored on range-topping ‘R-Line’ derivatives.
‘R-Line’ cars benefit from unique 17-inch alloy wheels and bespoke bumpers. Changes to the cabin include black rooflining, R-Line badging on the floor mats, an R-Line-specific multifunction steering wheel and ambient lighting.
Dual-zone climate control, a larger 10.25-inch driver display and 8-inch multimedia system with satellite navigation complete the list. As for practicality, the Taigo’s boot is 440-litres big – just 15-litres less than the boxier T-Cross.
Commenting on the new Taigo, Claire Haynes – Volkswagen UK’s Product Manager – said: “Its blend of technology, style, practicality and quality make it entirely at home within the Volkswagen SUV family.
“But its special status as the brand’s first SUV-coupé, and its focus on connectivity, style, and scope for personalisation, mean that it has its own unique character within the range.”