Slotting between the T-Cross and T-Roc models, Volkswagen has recently launched its new addition to the T Series range in the form of the new Taigo.

The Taigo derives its name from a combination of ‘tiger’ and ‘Taiga’, which is a forest in the Northern Hemisphere and forms part of the T Series that consists of the T-Cross, T-Roc, Tiguan, Tiguan AllSpace and Touareg.

The new Volkswagen Taigo went on sale locally this month.

Volkswagen Taigo Side and Rearview

How big?

Being the first coupe in its respective stable, the new VW Taigo boasts impressive dimensions such as a wheelbase of 2,566 mm, a height of 1,515 mm and a width of 1,757 mm which undoubtedly translate to generous cabin space.

Volkswagen Taigo Open-Boot view

Specifications

The new Taigo joins the market segment in three trim levels; Life, Style and R–Line. The base Life model comes standard with LED headlights and LED tail lights, a Digital Cockpit, a 6.5-inch Composition Colour infotainment system, App-Connect, We Connect Go, a front centre armrest with a USB-C interface, a multi-function leather steering wheel, electrically foldable exterior mirrors with heating function and 16-inch Belmopan alloy wheels.

Exterior highlights include an individualised front section with a chrome-look crossbar, projection light from the exterior mirrors and black roof rails.

Volkswagen Taigo R-Line Trim

As for the Style variant, it adds IQ. LIGHT LED matrix headlights, ambient lighting, 17-inch Aberdeen alloy wheels, Park Distance Control in the front and rear, Dynamic Light Assist, 10.25-inch Digital Cockpit Pro, Active Info Display and an 8-inch Composition Media infotainment system.

Volkswagen Taigo Interior

The Style is differentiated from the rest of the range by the rear bumper which has a chrome strip, a silver diffuser and silver anodised roof rails.

The top-of-the-range Taigo R-Line comes equipped with a black headliner, stainless steel pedals, privacy glass for rear side windows and rear windows as well as 17-inch Valencia alloy wheels. As for the exterior, its bumpers are distinguished by an R-Line design, high-gloss black cross and longitudinal bars of the air intakes.

Volkswagen Taigo Sunroof

Power?

A sole 1.0-litre TSI engine powers the entire range with 85 kW of power and 200 Nm of torque paired with a 7-speed DSG transmission thus giving the coupe an 11.3 seconds sprint from 0-100 km/h. Although the power outputs may seem a tad smaller on paper, they are adequate in real-life applications.

Warranty and Service Plan

The Taigo comes standard with a three-year/120,000 km warranty, a three-year/ 45,000 km EasyDrive Service Plan and a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty. Service intervals are scheduled at 15,000 km.

Volkswagen Taigo Rearview

Pricing

With regards to the pricing, the new VW Taigo Life is priced at R429,900 while the mid-range Style carries an R464,100 price tag.

Sitting on top of the range is the R-Line version which costs R486,000.

Verdict

The new Volkswagen Taigo makes for a great coupe-crossover vehicle at a time where SUVs have become popular in SA. It drives well, does not pretend to be what it is not and it is funky, stylish and practical while also equipped with an efficient powertrain.

What We Like: Comfortable ride, spacious interior, stylish

What We Don’t Like: Limited choice of engines