New 2021 Volkswagen Taigo coupe-SUV launched

Coupe version of Volkswagen T-Cross will go on sale later this summer with a price of around £17,500

  • Comes with a choice of two petrol engines
  • Sleeker shape than T-Cross
  • Available in four trim levels, including R-Line and Style models

This is the new Volkswagen Taigo. It’s a small coupe-SUV that shares parts and engines with the Volkswagen T-Cross, the brand’s smallest SUV, and will be a rival to the Renault Captur, Ford Puma and Nissan Juke.

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The Taigo is based on the Volkswagen Nivus SUV, which is sold in the South American market. Full prices will be announced when the car goes on sale later in the summer, with the brand stating it will get a price tag of “less than €20,000”. It could start from around £17,500 when it arrives in UK showrooms.

2021 Volkswagen Taigo: design

Rather than the boxy SUV shape of the T-Cross, the Taigo has a curvier roofline and a 10mm reduction in height to give it a sportier profile. It gets LED headlights and a sportier front bumper, with a full-width LED light bar connecting the rear lights. Roof rails, silver trim inserts in the bumpers and black wheel arch cladding also feature.

Interior and practicality

The interior of the Taigo is shared with the T-Cross and the facelifted Polo hatchback, with a virtually identical dashboard and centre console design. There’s a glossy touchscreen in the centre of the dashboard and all cars will get a digital dial cluster. Higher spec models get touch-sensitive controls for the ventilation system.

VW has yet to reveal exact boot measurements for the Taigo but the version of the car for the South American market, called the Nivus, offers 438 litres, so we’d expect the European model to be very similar. By comparison, the T-Cross SUV has 455 litres of boot space, meaning the Taigo should be nearly as practical.

Trim levels, equipment and technology

Buyers will be able to spec a Tiago in four trim levels. The entry-level model gets an array of standard equipment including a digital dial cluster, a 6.5-inch infotainment touchscreen, LED headlights and heated electrically adjustable door mirrors. Standard safety features include autonomous emergency braking with front assist and lane assist. Above this, the Life trim adds chrome exterior styling, 16-inch alloy wheels, different interior upholstery, and additional USB-C charging ports inside.

At the top of the range, the Style trim adds upgraded IQ.Light LED matrix headlights, 17-inch alloys, redesigned bumpers and front and rear parking sensors. The R-Line version sits alongside the Style model but adds a number of sporty features. It gets larger 18-inch alloys and a sporty body kit for a more aggressive look.

Optional technology upgrades include a larger 10.25-inch digital dial cluster and an eight-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Both the R-Line and Style models can be specced with a 9.2-inch infotainment screen, which adds connected car features and services.

VW’s IQ.Drive Travel Assist driving assistant is available as an option. This setup can be used at speeds of up to 130mph and uses adaptive cruise control to maintain a safe distance from the car in front, while also keeping the car in the centre of the lane under supervision from the driver.

A variety of personalisation options include different interior trims, a contrasting coloured roof panel and a Black Style design pack. There’s also a Visual Green design pack, which includes an exclusive ‘Visual Green’ paint finish with matching interior trim and seat stitching.

Engines and performance

The Taigo shares its platform and petrol engine range with the Polo, T-Cross and T-Roc models. The entry point to the range is a turbocharged 1.0-litre TSI engine available in 94bhp or 108bhp power outputs. The former gets a five-speed manual gearbox as standard, while the latter gets a six-speed manual as standard or an optional seven-speed DSG automatic. A more powerful 148bhp 1.5-litre TSI petrol will also be available.

VW has yet to reveal performance or fuel economy details but we’d expect both engines to return over 45mpg, putting it on a par with the T-Cross SUV.

What does it mean for car buyers?

Volkswagen’s SUV lineup might seem quite confusing already, so an additional model to consider doesn’t make things any clearer. But the Taigo should be a little more spacious than the T-Cross and is a sleeker alternative to the larger T-Roc. If prices and finance deals are appealing, the Taigo might become very popular, as sales of coupe-SUVs are increasing.

Read our reviews of the Volkswagen T-Cross and Volkswagen T-Roc here. 

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