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Volkswagen Taigo SUV review

“The Volkswagen Taigo is a stylish and practical small SUV”

Carbuyer Rating

4.0 out of 5

Pros

  • Well-equipped
  • Reasonable boot
  • Quite economical

Cons

  • Feels derivative
  • Petrol only
  • Auto gearbox isn't the smoothest

It might not seem like there’s much space between the Volkswagen T-Cross and the Volkswagen T-Roc in the VW SUV lineup but the brand has managed to squeeze in a new model nevertheless.

The arrival of the Volkswagen Taigo means you now have even more choice if you want a small SUV - and not just within the VW range; there are plenty of similarly sized crossovers to consider, such as the Renault Captur, Ford Puma, Peugeot 2008 and Mazda CX-30.

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As you might expect, the Taigo shares the majority of its parts with the T-Roc and T-Cross. The engine choice is the same, so you can pick from 1.0-litre or 1.5-litre petrol engines, with power outputs between 94 and 148bhp. There are no diesel, hybrid or electric versions.

That means performance and fuel economy are both reasonable, with even the most powerful engine returning over 45mpg. The 1.0-litre option is fine for low-mileage and cost-conscious buyers, while the 1.5-litre is punchier. It only comes with an automatic gearbox, so is quite expensive.

The automatic gearbox could be smoother and the 1.5-litre engine in our test car did get a little noisy when we were accelerating. It’s quiet at a steady speed and can shut down half its cylinders when cruising to save fuel.

Refinement is mostly good, although the Taigo won’t smooth out uneven or broken road surfaces. It feels much like a T-Roc to drive. The steering is light but direct, meaning the Taigo is easy to drive around town and stable at higher speeds.

The interior is familiar from Volkswagen’s existing range of small cars, with all three trim levels getting a touchscreen. Impressively, even the entry-level Life model gets a version of VW’s digital instrument cluster, plus LED headlights, parking sensors, smartphone connectivity and adaptive cruise control.

Style adds bigger alloy wheels, sat nav, upgraded headlights and two-zone climate control, while the top-spec R-Line adds sporty styling that’s likely to prove popular in the UK.

Taigo buyers may be drawn in by its more rakish styling but they won’t miss out on practicality either. There’s enough headroom in the rear and a 440-litre boot that’s on a par with the T-Roc.

Compared to the T-Roc, the Taigo is around £2,000 less expensive, so it represents better value. If that translates into lower monthly payments than the T-Roc, the Taigo is likely to be popular.

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