The new Taigo coupe-SUV takes all that’s good about Volkswagen’s compact crossovers and wraps it up in a more attractive body
4.0 out of 5
The Taigo’s extra style compared with its T-Cross sibling does still come with plenty of substance. VW’s compact coupe-SUV offers a more exclusive look at still mainstream prices, and while it suffers from the same faults as its regular SUV relation (mainly some issues with material quality and not the greatest automatic gearbox) the Taigo is a solid addition to the line-up that’ll provide an appealing
alternative to some small SUV buyers.
Not content with two compact SUVs in its line-up, Volkswagen is adding a third to its range with the new Taigo, a compact coupe-crossover that follows the firm’s T-Cross and T-Roc small SUVs.
The idea is that offeringa little more style means VW can command a little more money, with prices starting from £22,450, compared with £21,430 for the T-Cross.
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Still, the Taigo takes much of what makes the T-Cross (with which it shares its platform) an appealing small SUV and clothes it in a body with a more heavily tapered roofline at the rear.
There’s a very slight drawback on headroom in the rear, although legroom is fine, while boost space is down to 440 litres – but this is only 15 litres down on the T-Cross.
Our 1.5 TSI 150 DSG automatic car in R-Line trim comes in at a steeper £29,725, and although the quality of some of the interior plastics could be better, with some hard materials in noticeable places, it does have plenty of kit for the money. R-Line sits alongside Style in the range as the sportier trim choice, featuring a
chunkier body kit and 17-inch alloy wheels.
VW’s Discover Nav touchscreen infotainment system with built-in sat-nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the Digital Cockpit Pro dash panel, wireless phone charging, some solid safety kit that includes adaptive cruise control with VW’s new travel assist tech with automatic stop and go, AEB, lane-change assist,
front and rear parking sensors, dual-zone climate control and LED headlights all feature as standard.
Thankfully, the infotainment set-up is similar to that in the T-Cross and the previous-generation Golf, rather than the latest tech. This means it’s much more intuitive and easier to use on the move. The graphics are sharp and the responses quick enough, even though it could be positioned higher up on the car’s
dashboard – that’s one thing the new Golf does get right.
On the move, the Taigo’s MQB A0 platform means you get quite a sense of the road underneath you on occasion, particularly on country roads. Sometimes the suspension bobbles around over corrugated surfaces and doesn’t feel too settled, but at lower speeds around town and on the motorway, it’s smooth and
refined enough, mostly delivering the kind of comfort you want.
It doesn’t really feel much sportier than a T-Cross, but it’s still an agile car with light steering for easy around-town manoeuvres, but also sufficient weight so that on twistier roads it doesn’t feel out of place; the nose does dart towards an apex when you ask it to. It’s an acceptable dynamic performance when it comes
to the chassis.
The engine is a match for it, with this 1.5 TSI 150 model offering 148bhp and 250Nm of torque that’s delivered in a smooth, linear way. Weighing just 1,304kg, which is not bad for an SUV, it’s enough and means you can easily make relaxed progress, which is good, because as you work the motor harder its refinement starts to come undone.
It’s better when cruising around at low revs, where the engine fades into the background; active cylinder technology that deactivates two of the four cylinders under light load helps efficiency, too.
Ask for more performance however, and as the revs rise so do the noise levels. It’s not helped by the dual-clutch automatic gearbox, which kicks down earlier in the throttle’s travel than we’d like, while it isn’t the quickest to shift and can feel a little slow to engage when you need to pull away faster. It is smooth enough on the move though. There isn’t a manual option offered with this engine.
Even so, the DSG-equipped Taigo will deliver a claimed 46.4mpg and 138/km of CO2 emissions, so it should be cheap enough to run.
|Model:||VW Taigo 1.5 TSI 150 DSG R-Line|
|Engine:||1.5-litre 4cyl turbo /petrol|
|Transmission:||Seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, front-wheel drive|
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